I often think of wall art as pieces for the indoors, but this pretty farmhouse style frame is designed specifically for an outdoor space.
It’s all about the details, and this farmhouse style frame has a ton!
Created with weathered looking wood, hand painted window screening, and plants in galvanized buckets, this frame will look great on your patio or porch.
The required material for this month’s Project Challenge was screening. I had to brainstorm for a while on this before I had an idea. I often find inspiration when looking around my own home. I look at a my spaces, think about things I could use around the house to improve storage or just make it look pretty.
A while back, I updated my wood patio bench with a coat of paint and some pallet wood. I love the pop of color it adds to our small shaded porch. But it’s always annoyed me just a little to have a giant brick wall with nothing on it. This is where the idea for this farmhouse frame was born. I actually love the twist of using screening instead of more traditional glass. It’s not only subtle, but it adds a very unique texture that’s not been overdone just yet. And the galvanized buckets with the lush green plants give it just the right fresh feel I like. My frame measures 28″x 24″ and I’m going to show you just how you can make your own.
DIY Farmhouse Style Frame for Your Outdoor Space
- 1″x4″ board in 10′ length
- angle braces
- 3/4″ screws
- window screening
- black sharpie or craft paint
- 3 robe hooks
- galvanized buckets
- wood stain (I used Minwax and Java Gel)
- Paint (I used Annie Sloan in pure white)
First, gather your teenagers for a field trip to Home Depot. You won’t have to worry about a buggy for cart for the lumber, because they’ll try to show off and carry it through the store while you shop for your other materials.
Next, using your miter saw or miter box, cut your frame pieces. I chose to angle the corners, but you can square them if you’d like.
I say “I” loosely because it was actually my dad who did the cutting. I WILL get a hold of those power tools one day…
I screwed on two angle braces to each corner to make sure it’s extra stable. I knew the plants would weigh a little bit, so I wanted this frame to be strong.
Once it was put together, I used two different stains and a coat of paint to give the fresh clean wood a more aged look.
I just kept adding paint, stain, rubbing it off, adding more, sanding again, and so on until I achieved a look I liked.
I found the window screen at Walmart and it was under $10.
I believe there are different types of screen, and the closer the mesh, the better the hand lettering on this project will show up.
I cut the screen to size using my rotary cutter, but you can use scissors just as easily.
Then, I just stapled it onto the back of the frame, making sure to pull it tightly.
Then I used PicMonkey to make the word “Welcome” and printed it to the size I wanted. I had to print it on a few different pages and tape them together to make it all fit.
This part is so much easier than even I thought it would be.
I just put the word under the screen, and traced the entire thing with a Sharpie. I think craft paint would work well too.
I free handed a few little vines just for some more design and detail.
I absolutely love, love, love how well the typography turned out. It’s a very subtle look.
You’ll need to add holes to your galvanized buckets for drainage. I just hammered a nail into the bottom of each a few times.
The robe hooks are screwed onto the front of the frame, and hold your buckets.
I will say, the size of the buckets I purchased does make the frame stick out from the wall just a little. I could add a piece of wood on the back of the frame if I wanted it to hang perfectly straight, but it really doesn’t bother me.
This farmhouse style project is actually very versatile. You could add your address number, a different word, paint it in different colors. The sky is the limit. This is actually easier than you think. If you’re not 100% comfortable using power tools to make your own frame, you can always find a strong wood one at the store or even a thrift store. Don’t be afraid to give it a try, just go for it!
I’m sharing this project today because I’ve joined with a group of creative bloggers for a monthly Project Challenge. This month the material we all used is window screening. Each month will feature projects created with a specific material. So, check out the other projects, comment and pin if you love them (and you will) and check back next month for even more inspiration. Click HERE to see the past projects I’ve shared