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Etsy-licious project: French door picture frame

My partner and I have been working on a cool new project. The living room of our apartment has had one gigantic blank wall that was crying out to be filled. But with what though?

We cycled through several options, including:

    • A large wall decal: So in nowadays, but scrapped due to both of our rather dubious artistic tendencies, and the almost-certainty that we would mess up the execution along the way

  • A gallery wall: Again, so on trend, but given my partner’s OCD tendencies, this would be sure to drive both of us mad with the constant measuring and re-measuring to ensure that all the pictures lined up perfectly. Also, photo frames are expensive. Scrapped.

Photo Wall

Photo Wall by Travis Isaacs

  • A large piece of art: Nice idea, but given the other art pieces in the room, we thought this would be overkill. Also, the room was crying out for more personality. Scrapped.
  • A map of the world, to which we would pin our various travel photos and highlight our latest top-of-the-list travel destinations: Too vain, and besides, our list changes all the time. Scrapped.

Stumped, the wall stayed blank for months. Until we hit upon the perfect idea. We wanted to make the room personal. We wanted photos on the wall, but didn’t want to face the pain of creating a gallery wall. We wanted to make a statement. The solution? An oversized photo frame that would fit all our pictures without the need to create a gallery wall!

Enter the french door.

Inspired by ideas such as these, we started hunting for suitable french doors or windows. After much faffing around, our finished french door cum picture frame is hanging proudly on the wall, filled with pictures of our loved ones.

Frame 8

Our cool new picture frame

Here are some tips if you’re going to do this too:

  • Recycle yards are a good place to start sourcing suitable doors (except, it appears, in Sydney where prices are sky high)
  • Otherwise, try your local classifieds
  • French doors may not be in your typical photo sizes. Either cut your photo down to size, or have custom-made picture matting made like we did. I think that makes the door frame look so much better
  • If you’re going to have your picture matting custom made, make sure you measure your frame accurately. Otherwise, you’re going to be stuck with a stanley knife trying to get either the matting down to the right size or trying to hack pieces off your door to make the matting fit. We decided to go with the latter option in case you were wondering…
  • If you’re not going to measure accurately, at least make the matting slightly larger than your actual window pane. Gives you more options that way
  • If you’re going with picture matting, make sure to make the hole for the picture slightly smaller than your desired picture size, otherwise it will be difficult to tape your pictures in place
  • When hanging your  new picture frame in place, remember that it’s a rather heavy door. Plan accordingly and make sure to distribute the weight across several wall studs. We used a DINrail – originally for circuit breakers, but hey, if the shoe fits…

If we weren’t so darn proud of our new french door picture frame, we would sell it on Etsy. But here’s the next best option: if you live in the Sydney area and can’t wait to get started on your new french door picture frame, we still have the door’s twin…

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Frame.

6 comments on “Etsy-licious project: French door picture frame

  1. James
    August 31, 2016

    Fantastic! Your blog has to one of my favorites!

  2. arv!
    September 1, 2016

    Perfect for WPC frame

    • Penne Cole
      September 1, 2016

      What’s a WPC frame?

    • Penne Cole
      September 1, 2016

      Oh I get it! Weekly Photo Challenge! haha thanks 🙂

      • arv!
        September 2, 2016


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