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Do you love the style of farmhouse frames? Make this DIY farmhouse style picture frame to celebrate a picture of your favorite feline in style!
A couple of years ago, my kids and I got a surprise that we have been able to enjoy and love ever since that day-my husband finally decided to get a cat and brought home our sweet little kitty, Missy! For years, he had said he didn’t want any pets at all. But we slowly broke him down and now he loves our cat just as much as we do.
She is seriously the perfect cat! She loves to be outdoors but enjoys being around us in the house too, sleeping in her favorite spots or cuddling one of us. One of my favorite things that she does is when she plops herself down on my laptop when I’m trying to work. For some reason, she loves lounging across the keyboard. I think she likes getting the attention too!
When it comes to her care, we always try to give her the best. We want to keep her with us for as long as we can! She has a nice little house outside just for her, bedding and toys in the house, and everyday, she looks forward to meal time. In fact, as soon as I get up in the morning, she’s right at the window (if she was outside) or at my feet, meowing for her morning meal. And her absolute favorite meals come from the 9Lives® Gravy Favorites Variety Pack. What cat wouldn’t love meat and gravy, right?
I like feeding her 9Lives Wet Cat Food because it has varieties that include choices of tender, meaty morsels with rich gravy, flakes of fish, savory shreds, or ground cat food with flavor and aroma my cat cannot resist! She also really loves the 9Lives Hearty Cuts with Beef and Chicken in Gravy and 9Lives Tender Morsels Turkey and Giblets. She gobbles them right every time! The Hearty Cuts satisfy with big, meaty chunks, cuts, and shreds in a hearty gravy. 9Lives is dedicated to the health and happiness of cats everywhere. Why? Because 9Lives believes your cat deserves to live well. And I believe that too which is why we stock it every time I visit Dollar General!
Because we love our cat so much, I felt it was time to showcase her with a nice picture. It isn’t easy to snag pictures of your cat when they aren’t sleeping but I have managed to take a handful. I wanted to use one of them and display it using a DIY farmhouse style picture frame. This style has been all over the place these days and I love it! I’ve always been a fan of using wood for projects and this project turned out to be much easier than I expected it would.
To do this project, you do need to feel comfortable using some power tools including a saw or jigsaw and a staple gun. You will also need some good wood glue to help keep it all together, 1×2″ long piece of pine, MDF board or a canvas, glue dots, and a picture of your lovable feline.
For the wood, I used a long piece of 1×2″ pine from my local hardware store. I wanted to do an 8×10 sized frame so I cut the pieces down so that I had (2) 10.5″ pieces and (2) 7″ pieces. I also grabbed a piece of MDF wood for the backing which I cut down to 8.5″x10.5″. If you would rather use a piece of canvas from the art store, you can do that too. Just be sure that you size your pieces of wood to go around the edge. When your pieces are cut, give them a good sand with sand paper.
I fit the two shorter pieces in between the long sides and then placed them on top of my piece of MDF. In order to be sure the wood remained secure when I used the staple gun, I put a strong wood glue on the pieces and made sure everything fit together snugly. You can use a scrap piece of wood to make sure the pieces all sit flush together.
Once the glue was dry, it was time to break out a staple gun. We actually don’t own one so I asked a neighbor if I could borrow their staple gun and then thanked them later with a plate of cookies. I placed staples into each corner. Once it was stapled, I sanded the wood down again.
I love the look of wood stain and after I created the frame, I decided to stain it. It would have been easier to stain the wood before assembling the frame but it works either way. Because it was a small project, I just used a foam brush to apply the stain and then a rag to remove any excess immediately after.
You can make the stain as dark as you want it, depending on how much you remove after you add it. It does dry lighter so keep that in mind too. There are a lot of different colors of stain out there so pick the one that speaks to you!
Once the stain was dry, it was time to add my picture! I used my photo editing software to create a black and white version of my favorite photo, just to add more of a rustic look. After sizing it down, I used glue dots in the corners of the photo to adhere the picture to the wood. I didn’t want to make it permanent because I’m sure I’ll change the picture out as I take new ones!
That’s all there is to it! I have made several more of this DIY farmhouse style picture frame because I love them so much in different sizes for pictures and sayings too. It’s become an addiction (and I’ve made several plates of cookies for our neighbor because they keep letting me borrow their staple gun!).
You can find a great variety of 9Lives Cat food in the aisles of Dollar General, just like I did! Be sure to use the coupon to save even more (this coupon valid 4/1/18 – 5/31/18).