How to make a shelf with a picture frame

From photos and flowers to candles and knickknacks, this frame shelf can hold a number of items, providing an easy way to dress up an otherwise boring wall. Different than a typical shelf, this DIY project literally frames your items, making them stand out to anyone who enters the room.
The best thing about this project is that it offers lots of opportunity for customization. From the style of the picture frame to the color of the paint used, it is easy to match this piece with current decor. Check out the video and instructions below to see how you can have this mini shelf hanging on your wall in no time.
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Materials
- Picture frame
- Blue paint
- Paintbrush
- Piece of barnboard
- Pencil
- Electric saw
- Wood glue
Instructions
1. Paint the picture frame with blue paint. Allow the paint to dry.
2. Place the barnboard against the inner edge of the frame and mark with a pencil where to cut it so you will have four pieces to line the inside.
3. Make cuts at the marks on the barnboard with the saw.
4. Flip over the frame and place a strip of wood glue onto the inner edge of one side of the frame. Press a piece of barnboard into the glue.
5. Place a strip of wood glue onto the inner edge of another side of the picture frame as well as on the edge of the barnboard already glued to the picture frame. Press a piece of barnboard into the glue.
6. Continue putting strips of glue on the inner edges of the frame and pressing pieces of barnboard into them until all four pieces have been attached.
7. Allow the glue to set before hanging on a wall and adding display items.
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