My Custom Pink Pagoda Frame


Yesterday, I told you about my Pink Pagoda Print. Here is my step-by-step how-to make a custom frame.



First, you start with an Ikea Virserum


measure the width of the top profile to decide how much of a reveal you want


Next, a trip to Home Depot for the perfect profile trim. I wanted one that would compliment the Asian feel of the print as well as the bamboo accents I have in the room



Test the trim to confirm that you LOVE it!


measure, cut to length, and miter the corners


lightly sand your Virserum, to break the factory "seal"


add a bead of wood glue to the back of your cut molding


tape the molding into place (no need for nails) and let dry

spray prime completed frame


apply 2 coats of Rust-oleum's High Gloss Smoke Gray



here is an old painter's tip, since this is oil base, in-between coats (24hrs) place the brush (paint and all) into a plastic bag

...and put it in your freezer. The next day, let it acclimate to room temp for a few minutes, and you are ready to go...without ever cleaning the brush!

close-up of the finished frame profile as well as the burlap mat



...And now, onto creating custom matting

First, measure the reveal of your current mat


decide if you want the same reveal on all sides, measure and mark for your cut



cut the mat, I like to use a razor blade, choose what you are comfortable handling


place the cut mat on the wrong side of your fabric (I used ivory burlap) add double sided carpet tape...also from Home Depot


peel back the paper from the tape exposing the sticky side



trim your fabric so that it folds over half of the way...leaving room for the inside to fold the other half of the way


repeat this for all sides, trim corners, if need be, use a drop of frey check to keep the threads from unraveling


once you have completed covered the mat with fabric, you can lightly press the top to get it extra smooth


...and now onto the ribbon detail. Choosing an accent or highlight color for your print, I used my mini iron, a regular iron would work just fine


sandwiched between the ribbon and burlap is a thin piece of fusible web pre-cut to 1/4". I only mitered one of the ribbon pieces for each corner.


I spray mounted gray taffeta to the board that came with the frame
trimmed it to size, no need to have neat edges, the matting will cover it


placing the finished matting over the back, and using double sided acid free tape, I positioned the print exactly where I wanted it


clean the glass, reassemble, and admire



Don't forget, tomorrow begins the on-line upholstery tutorial