Next I nailed the frames together.
...which is adding nice trim. I went out and bought some 1x2 wood from the hardware store and routed a simple edge on one side. For the piece of wood that goes in between the 2 paintings I routed both edges.
I'll have to go back to the hardware store and buy more wood. But at the time I wasn't ready to leave my workshop, so I tackled a quick little project - a small easel.
Since my girlfriend enjoyed painting so much I decided to build her an easel to do her own paintings at home. I found simple folding easel instructions at "my repurposed life's" website.
I apologize for not having the step-by-step building process. But the link above has all you need to make your own. I built this easel out of scrap material I had laying around, and I also did everything by eye - I didn't take measurements or anything (that's not a brag).
This folding easel works well enough, but I think I'd like to spend more time and make a better one for her in the future. But it was tested out and worked well.
Anyway. after buying more wood and repeating the steps, I had a completed frame for the painting.
Once they were dry I made sure the paintings still fit.
Once the filler dried I sanded again.
Next I asked my girlfriend if she wanted the frames stained or painted. She wanted them to be painted, so I cleaned up the frames and added some primer. I started with the double frame.
My girlfriend wanted the painting we made hung in our bedroom.
From start to finish this was a very fun project, and practically every step involved my girlfriend's help.