Upcycled Shutter, Floating Frame



Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

A couple of months ago, I’m sitting in Carrabba’s, contemplating what I’m going to order… I was going to do it this time…order something other than my usual, my old standby, mouth watering delicious, Chicken Bryan.  It’s  described on their website as …Wood-grilled and topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, basil and  lemon butter sauce, and I must say it is absolutely delicious with  their garlic mashed potatoes.

But this time I was going to venture into the unknown and order something completely different.  I was just making up my mind, should I go for the sampler special or the Fettuccine Weesie… when my husband asks me if I was going to order my usual chicken again.  Pause…yes, I have to, it’s calling my name.  I really have no willpower. Oh, and Brian is my husband’s name…it really is fate.

Right now you’re asking what does my lack of willpower have to do with a floating frame?  I’m glad you asked, because right next to our table was this shutter frame and for a girl who is on the lookout for something to do with my stash of shutters, this would make a perfect project.
Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter-001

I was going to use glass from some old frames for my floating frame but after a couple of test holes and my corners breaking off, that wasn’t going to happen.  Plan B was now in effect.  Plan B was using pieces of plexiglass instead of glass.  A couple test holes later and I knew this was the way to go.

So now these are my supplies to make two floating shutter frames…an old shutter, scrap wood, 8, 2″ bolts, 8 nuts and washers, a piece of plastic tubing that the bolts can fit inside and 4 sheets of plexiglass. 2, 11×14 sheets and 2 8×10, though you can actually use glass for the smaller sheets of plexiglass since you won’t be drilling holes in them.  You can get plexiglass sheets at Amazon here  SIBE-R PLASTIC SUPPLY – CLEAR ACRYLIC SHEET FOR PICTURE-POSTER FRAME, 11″x14″ (.060″) or at home improvement or craft store.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Cutting the shutter in half doesn’t quite make 2 even sides.  I had to cut enough off the shutter on the left and attach it to the shutter on the right to make the same sized border.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

This is the bottom of the shutter on the right with its newly added extension screwed and glued on. The gap has a coat of wood filler that is drying and waiting to be sanded.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Black chalk paint, painted on sparingly, hides the extension.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

For the two larger 11×14 sheets of plexiglass drill holes in the corners the same size as your bolts.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Cut two pieces of 1×6 to 8 inches in length and paint them black.  These will elevate your photo.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

This tubing was from the plumbing section of the hardware store. The tubing was large enough that the bolts can fit through.

Cut 8 pieces, one end with an angle of 15 degrees or whatever angle your slats are. The total length of these tube pieces will be about 1 1/4″.

I painted these pieces black then used  some Rub-n-buff, gold leaf you rub on with your finger, to give a little shine.  I’ve used this for four projects already and I’ve barely dented the tube, a little goes a long way.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Hold the large plexiglass up to the shutter, mark and drill holes into the shutter.

Ready to start layering.  Shutter…black painted 1×6 (nailed on from the back)….a dab of builders adhesive to hold the 8×10 glass or plexiglass…

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

… a couple of photo adhesive dots to hold the photo on the glass, followed by the photo

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

…and the larger, 11×14 sheets of plexiglass. Use the bolts, nuts and washers to hold everything in place.

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Floating Frame diy, Recycled Vintage Shutter

Don’t have a Carrabba’s nearby?  You can make this great copycat Chicken Bryan recipe.  I have made it at home and it is superb but I do like when somebody makes it for me with no cleanup.

Well now I’m craving Chicken Bryan, I may just need to make this recipe myself.

Have a great weekend.

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