Pinworthy Pinterest Projects

Homeowner Michelle Howard and Danny Lipford with french door.

Homeowner Michelle Howard and Danny Lipford with french door.

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Homeowners Michelle and Stuart Howard have a beautiful home, and we’re helping them with some Pinterest inspired, DIY decorating projects to make their house even more attractive.

Television Picture Frame

Our first project was to improve the look of a wall-mounted television set by building a custom wood picture frame around it from stock door casing and lumber.

Television picture frame.

Television picture frame.

The 3¼” door casing was mitered to fit the size of the TV, then attached to a box made from 1×3 lumber.

Watch How to Make Multiple Miter Saw Cuts for tips on how to use a stop block to make identical cuts.

Jennifer Vought of Chic Restorations, helped finish the frame so it would blend in with the antiqued fireplace mantel below it.

Strips of self-adhesive felt were then attached to the frame to keep it from scratching the TV and an elastic strap used to secure it to the back of the set.

Watch How to Build a Custom TV Picture Frame to find out more.

French Door Photo Display Coat Rack

Our next Pinterest project involved converting a wood french door into a wall mounted photo display gallery and coat rack.

We started by trimming the wide bottom rail on the door to the same width as the top rail. To prevent splintering when crosscutting wood, score the cutting line with a utility knife first.

The door was finished with a red barn wood antique finish. Here’s how:

  1. Spray on a coat of dark rustic red primer and allowed to dry.
  2. Sparsely apply a brighter red paint using a “dry brush” technique with little paint on the paintbrush.
  3. Finally, apply a sparse coat of peat moss green antique glaze.

After the paint had dried, it was lightly sanded on the edges to allow the wood to peak through and produce an antique look.

Wall mounted french door photo gallery and coat rack.

Wall mounted french door photo gallery and coat rack.

Read our articles on Faux Textured Wall Finishes and Wall Surfaces and Decorative Finishes to find out more.

Photos were mounted behind the glass on the door. The door was then screwed horizontally to the wall studs, and coat hooks attached to the bottom rail.

Watch DIY Wall Mounted French Door Photo Gallery to find out more.

Whitewash Side Table

Whitewashed side table.

Whitewashed side table.

Our final Pinterest project involved applying a whitewash finish to an unfinished wood side table that was ordered online from International Concepts ().

To create a homemade whitewash, mix one part water to one part flat latex paint. Wipe the whitewash mixture on the wood using a rag, similar to applying wood stain.

After the first coat is dry, sand the surface lightly with fine (220-grit or higher) sandpaper to smooth any raised grain. Then apply a second coat of whitewash, and allow it to dry.

Watch Chelsea’s video on How to Whitewash a Side Table to find out more.

Other Tips from This Episode

Drilling hole with drill bit alignment jig

Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Drill Bit Alignment Jig

To align a drill bit perpendicular, cut two pieces of 1×4 lumber exactly square and the same length (2” to 3” long), then screw them together to form a “T”. Place the jig on the stock, and align the drill bit with the inside angle of the blocks. (Watch Video)

Milwaukee 25 ft. Magnetic Tape Measure

Best New Products with Jodi Marks:
Milwaukee Magnetic Tape Measure

The tape on the Milwaukee 25’ Magnetic Tape Measure (model# 48-22-5125) is coated with nylon to last longer. It also has a reinforced frame and finger protection. The Milwaukee 25’ Magnetic Tape Measure is available at The Home Depot. (Watch Video)

Sanding wood with power sander

Ask Danny Lipford:
Choosing the Right Sandpaper

The coarseness of sandpaper is designated by the grit number. The higher the number, the finer the grit. Since coarse sandpaper leaves more scratches, start sanding with the highest grit that will work, then progress up to finer grits. (Watch Video)


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  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 10th, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Hi Sheri,
    We didn’t put anything on the glass, it was a new glass door that came with factory applied plastic film on the glass panes that are meant to be removed after the door has been painted or stained and installed. The plastic film not only serves to protects the glass but makes painting and staining easier.

  • Sheri Says:
    October 9th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    What did you put on the French door glass to keep from painting it? You scraped it off at the end and it looked much easier than taping the glass.

  • J Phillips Says:
    October 5th, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Would it be possible for you to post a full length view of the fireplace, mantle & TV with frame. I looked on Pinterest but could not find it. This is what I have been telling my husband we need to do to our fireplace
    I love your show!
    Thank you!!!

  • colleen Says:
    October 5th, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    What was the last item you put over the 2 layers of paint?What is it called?Or can I use minwax stain?Thank You Colleen

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 4th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Hi Beau,
    The house was located near Mobile Bay in Spanish Fort, Alabama.

  • Beau Ryba Says:
    October 4th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Where is this area that the home was in? I would like to move there

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 5th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    The side table we whitewashed was ordered online at Amazon from International Concepts (OT-92 Lamp Table). I added a link to it in the article above.

  • george Says:
    October 4th, 2014 at 5:42 am


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Pinworthy Pinterest Projects