DIY Magazine Frames

Creating an inspiring writing room can be difficult when that space is the home center.  Most writing zones are tucked away in a different room, mine could be out of sight but for some reason I chose an open space.

This area works but it’s not very inviting. When you don’t feel invited to sit you just don’t want to be there.  It becomes an effort to sit down and even feel inspired to write.

All summer I’ve been struggling with this space and then recently I decided things needed a change.

This led me to the internet to uncover how to create a motivating writing space.  What I discovered it’s much like a regular office, it should represent the person who occupies it but keep it simple.

I stumbled with this especially since my desk is off to the side where life happens.  I had to do something different that didn’t involve moving my desk.

Four things improved my space right away

  • Removed everything from the desk top and polished the entire desk.
  • My laptop, mouse, pad and cup coaster were the only things that returned.
  • I placed my freelance writing stuff under my desk in a basket that I can also use as a footstool.
  • Built a bigger Dodad box to also hold Robert’s keys and stuff.
  • Added inspiration to the walls.

Adding wall inspiration was the key element that added energy.  It’s a reminder of what I’ve already accomplished and drives me to do more!

Robert suggested framing my already published articles and my book, Quail Getting Started.  This was a great idea but I was a little discouraged when I couldn’t find frames.

While I was at Staples they had clear folders that inspired an idea.

The solution was to make my own magazine frames.  Since my book is also the same size as a magazine (Love that!) this project worked for everything without spending a lot of money.

DIY Tools and Supplies for Magazine Frames

  • Drill, saw, snippers, and wire cutters
  • Wood Glue, screws and small gauge wire
  • White chalk paint and brush.
  • Scrap wood
  • Clear Staples folders – their .50 ea.
  • Cedar Fence Board
  • Copper stripping – (Plumbing Dept Home Depot)

Preparing the base of the Frame

  • Cut 2 cedar boards at 14 in, straight across or add another inch to include trimmed corners.
  • Lay these boards side by side.
  • Cut 2 scrap wood pieces at 10 in.
  • These two pieces will connect the frame base using wood glue, let dry.

Dry Brushing the Base of the Frame

  • Sand boards first if necessary
  • Dry brush with white paint over both sides and edges of the frame.
The trick to dry brushing is to not overload your brush with paint and apply against the grain of the wood.

Dry brushing is a simple technique but if you’re new to it than apply from the back side first.

The beauty of chalk paint is it dries fast, once the entire frame is dry brushed set it aside and begin to prepare the rest of your items.

Add the Frame Details

  • Get two screws and some small gauge wire for hanging – drill screws halfway and loop around the wire to the back side of the frame.
  • Cut the folder in half and insert the magazine or whatever you’re framing.
  • Lay this on the front of a dry frame.
  • Measure two 1 ft. strips of copper – cut using snipers.
  • Place the cooper over the edge of the liner and screw in place.  I used eight screws total.

To remove the magazine you will need to unscrew the copper because it’s a tight fit.  This was a good thing because eventually these frames will eventually end up in my workshop.

When the project is completed find a place to hang  and let it become a unique display or if you freelance write like I do use it as inspiration to motivate your next goal.

This was an easy project that came together with just a few elements.  The good news is now that I have a welcoming space I’m half way through my next book.

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