Summertime Wood Slat Photo Display

Hi there friends!  We opened our pool the other day (not that we can get in and swim yet or anything because it’s way too chilly…brrr!) and started getting our pool area ready for Summer.  I came across these fun Wood Slat Photo Displays and realized I had never shared them with you all. They are perfect for capturing those Summer memories…

If you’ve visited my blog during the Summer, you may have seen a project (or few) created for our Poolhouse.  When we moved to our home as a foreclosure a couple years ago, the pool was the ONLY redeeming feature.  Luckily my husband had a vision (because I sure did not) and quickly updated the house.  The Poolhouse has been a work in progress…

This may be my final installation to the Poolhouse decor…I just needed a fun place to display photos of the kids playing in the water.  When I discovered Home Depot makes extra long paint stir sticks, I knew just the project for them…

Let’s get started on making our display…

Supplies needed: Extra long paint stir sticks, paint, paint brush, wood glue, rope, and hot glue gun

Start with the extra long paint sticks made for stirring a 5 gallon bucket of paint.  I used 7 per display* and cut the little curved end off, so they now measure 17 inches.  *2 extra sticks are needed for securing the back of the display.  Cutting the curved end off is completely optional, though.

Supplies for paint stir stick frames

Then, I gave the slats one thin coat of chalk paint in three colors that reminded me of the pool…And. yes, I created this project outside in the Poolhouse (in case you were wondering)…

Paint Stick Frame-painted with chalk paint

After the paint dried, I distressed the edges with a sanding block.  The paint dries very quickly…

Distressed ends of paint stir sticks for frame  

The slats each got a coat of creme wax, which brings out their color and gives them a rich look…

Chalk painted wood slats with creme wax

I arranged the painted slats in a random pattern.

Chalk painted slats for frame  

To secure the back, I cut down 2 extra paint sticks just slightly smaller than the display itself and adhered them with wood glue.  Allow to dry.

paint stick Wood slat frame-attaching supports

I simply hot glued an approximately 1/4 in rope on the back on both sides, so the rope could run across the entire front.

Paint stick chalk painted frame-attaching rope to the back  

I attached a couple clothespins and some cute photos of my boys enjoying Summer…

Wood slat Memory frame painted with chalk paint

And now I have a fun display that can be used year after year…changing photos as the boys grow…although I wish they would just stay little!



Chalk painted Summer memory frame made from paint stir sticks-so cool!

In case you missed it…Here’s a peek at some of my other Poolhouse Decor


Painted Monogram Sign

SPLASH Outdoor Sign with an easy Watercolor Paint effect I   Make a Splash Sign

I cannot wait for it to warm up enough to enjoy the pool!  What are you most looking forward to this Summer?

FINAL chick signature

**This project was previously shared on Today’s Creative Blog**


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