Framed Quilt Wall with Krylon Dual Paint

I was thrilled when Krylon Paints offered to send me some of their Krylon Dual Paint and Primer spray paint! I haven’t done a whole lot with spray paint in the past, and was looking forward to playing with the paint. Plus, I figured this would provide me with the perfect opportunity to work on the quilt wall I’ve been wanting to make.

For those of you who aren’t quilters, or are beginning quilters, a quilt wall is a large surface, often a wall, covered in batting, flannel, or maybe fleece. When a quilter is trying to figure out the layout of a quilt, they can lightly place fabrics or quilt blocks against the quilt wall, and they stick! No pinning or adhesive, and they are easy to move around as the quilter works on getting the layout of the quilt just right. As you can see here, a quilt wall is also a great place to store stray blocks that haven’t made it into a project yet.

For my quilt wall, I knew that I didn’t just want to tack a large piece of flannel to the wall of my room. I wanted to give my quilt wall a finished look, and framing up a piece of flannel seemed like the most logical way to do this.

To make your own quilt wall you’ll need a large poster-sized picture frame (or larger), enough flannel to generously cover the frame (a yard and a half was just enough for mine), batting (optional), a staple gun, and of course Krylon Spray paint in your chosen color. I chose Black Satin.

I started out with this garage sale find. It is a 3 x 4.5′ framed print that had a garage-sale sticker price of $30. It was after noon when my friend Christy and I stumbled across it, so I was ready to offer $20. Lucky for me Christy is a garage sale pro, and talked the seller down to $10! Score! The frame was too big to fit in my tiny little car, so the seller drove it two blocks down to my house for free! I should also add that Christy actually paid for the frame, and wouldn’t let me pay her back, so technically the frame cost me nothing at all! Thanks Christy!
I took the frame apart and started cleaning the frame with some plain water and a toothbrush to get out all the grime and dirt that had accumulated in the crevices. No need to paint all the dirt into the frame. 
I got some help from Little Moore with the process.
And some help from Mo, our dog. Okay, maybe neither of them was particularly helpful, but they enjoyed hanging out.
Once the frame was clean and dry, I set it out on the grass, on a painter’s drop cloth, propped up on some old plastic storage containers.
I then stopped to read the instructions thoroughly. I should also add that I made sure to wear clothes that are not fit to be seen in public. My oldest, rattiest clothes that I didn’t mind getting spray paint on. Shockingly, I got very little paint on my clothes, and they will survive to participate in a future messy craft project!
After giving the paint a good long shake, I sprayed on a light coat. I’ve found that the best way to apply spray paint is to keep moving. This avoids drips. Also, whenever I stop spraying, I keep my hand moving, continuing to shake the container.
I continued, spraying several light mists over and over until the entire frame was black. I was thrilled with the full coverage that the Krylon Dual Paint and Primer spray paint provided.
While the paint was drying outside, I went back inside. I put the plexiglass aside, and used the print that had been in the frame. It was printed on sturdy cardboard that was just perfect for this project.
I covered the frame with two layers of batting, to give it a cushy feel. This is an optional step, as there is no reason a quilt wall needs to be padded, but I wanted to have the option to pin papers (like pattern instructions) to the quilt wall if I need to, and the padding will make this easier. I cut the batting the same size as the cardboard.
For this size frame, I bought 1 1/2 yards of off-white flannel, and it was just enough to cover the cardboard. I covered the trimmed batting and cardboard with the flannel, and smoothed out any wrinkles.
I flipped the cardboard-batting-fabric “sandwich” over, and placed it in the now dry frame. I then used my staple gun to staple through all the layers, into the lip of the frame. I had to make sure I stapled very close to the edge of the cardboard to get the staple securely into the frame.
After trimming off the excess fabric, it was ready to hang – the hardware was already on the frame!
I love my new framed quilt wall!

Krylon provided me with several cans of spray paint for free, however all opinions are my own.

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Comments

  1. Toooo much work for me (niggly bits) although, I would love to have a bash at quilting!

  2. I love spray painting stuff! My mom always finds things to refinish (as she calls it) but we are always the ones that end up doing the actual work! This is a great idea though. I’m not a quilter, but I can see myself using this for a picture board…just add some strategically placed ribbons.

  3. It looks fantastic!

    I have an old quilt my MIL made and she’s no longer with us so I should frame piece of it before boys destroy it.

  4. This is a great idea. Seems like one could use the idea for other things, as well! Meanwhile, you have created a great piece of art that is functional. Ver cool.

  5. This is really a gorgeous form of art! Love love love this idea!

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