As I was rooting through some of the remaining boxes of stuff from our old house, I came across a few items that inspired me to do a little upcycling/crafting. I found childhood frames in need of a facelift to get with the times and my current decor. It was a very simple project aside from deciding what I was going to do and it’s definitely a project anyone could handle. I hope my makeovers inspire you to have a little fun with some of your own frames and you can decide on a direction to take! From drab to fab frames in no time flat try your hand at some upcycled frames.
My Upcycled Frames supplies included:
- Craft Paint and/or Spray paint
- Paintbrushes (a wider one for the frame and a thin one for details)
- Sandpaper (depending on the look you are going for)
- Scrapbook paper
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Razor or scissors or paper cutter
- That’s it!
To keep the glass clean of paint, you should definitely start off by taking the glass out and painting everything separately. I painted the frame with inexpensive craft paint from Michaels. There’s a Michaels 1.3 miles away from me, so I tend to get everything I need there.
I painted a full coat, so I couldn’t see any of the wood underneath. Then since I was going for a shabby chic look, I took a piece of sandpaper and lightly rubbed randomly around some edges.
I took the mat out to paint it with cheap chalkboard paint from Michaels. It didn’t seem necessary to better paint since it wasn’t going to be used for writing. I used wax paper to paint on to save my kitchen counters.
Accents make the mat
After the paint dried, I used a thin brush to paint some white accents around the photo openings. Feel free to let your creativity come out here! When everything was dry, I put it all back together so it was ready for some pictures of loved ones. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
A close up of some of the sanded parts.
For my second frame, I took the same concept with the frame. I painted it with a coat of paint and sanded it in a few areas. Instead of painting the mat, I tore vintage 12 x 12 scrapbook paper into pieces and glued the pieces onto the mat. I didn’t worry about cutting the paper around the ovals while gluing. After the glue was dry, I flipped it over so the back was face up. I used a razor to cut the paper overhang around the oval and voila, another finished frame refresh.
After (aka Drab to Fab Frame )
The last frame I redid was a metal gold frame. I took the glass out of each frame and sprayed a few layers of rose spray paint. For those who haven’t had much experience with a spray can, it’s best to do multiple thin layers rather than soaking it with a thick layer that is likely to drip.
I had printed 4×6 photos which ended up being too small for the openings. Probably a good idea to measure before you print, but as it turns out, I liked the end look better than if the picture filled the frame. I decided to make due by taping the photos to white cardstock paper and adding a border from scrapbook paper.
I used my paper cutter to ensure I cut straight lines. There’s a range of paper cutters you can get. Mine, in particular, was pretty inexpensive and is two-sided for different types of blades. If you should not happen to have a paper cutter, a ruler to draw a straight line and scissors will do just fine.
I used double-sided tape to adhere the photo and paper to the white back paper.
I happened upon some paper flowers at, you guessed it, Michaels, that felt like the perfect touch to add to this frameset.
Drab to fab Upcycled frames
That’s a wrap on these quick and easy revamps to take them from drab to fab frames. If you are anything like me, you likely already have all the materials. While you’re watching your favorite show tonight, go ahead and let your creativity out.
And if you’re looking for more ideas on how to use those frames, check out Framed Earring Holder
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