I decided to paint these old picture frames for two reasons. Reason number one is that they were in my booth for months and didn’t sell. Reason number two is that they were ugly and out of date.
But they had amazing potential and I’m glad I committed to the makeover. Now I’m going to keep them and hang them in the house whenever I figure out the best place. It will definitely be in the dining room/kitchen area.
Today is Thrift Store Decor Day and the team has been busy. You will want to check out all of the other makeovers too!
The pair of vintage framed prints are a purchase from the Nashville Flea Market. I loved the frame on wire in a second frame. Not a look I’ve seen before.
You can see what I mean about them being outdated. Vintage is good most of the time but these framed prints were not the best.
You can see the back of the frames in the photo above. I needed to remove the photo and glass so I could paint the frames and wire.
I tried removing the contents of the small frame while it was stapled in place on the wire. That didn’t work so well. I broke the glass.
So I removed all the staple things holding the small frame to the wire.
My original thought was to frame the remaining cloth napkins with the citrus designs I bought at Tuesday Morning. You might remember I replaced some old prints in a frame with the cloth napkins and also re-covered a barstool seat with them.
So with that in mind I pulled out some white spray paint and sprayed the frames. The white didn’t cover very well. I didn’t have my favorite spray paint brand in white (find on Amazon); so I moved on to something else.
Everyone knows we have to distress next! I used 100 grit sandpaper and distressed all the edges by hand.
Now for the idea that replaced the cloth napkins. I’m in love with this upholstery fabric. I used it on a door of a vintage wardrobe.
The colors and design are too pretty. The fabric has a soft velvety finish that is hard to see in photos.
I cut fabric to cover the cardboard with enough to fold onto the back. I made sure the pieces of fabric for the two frames had a nice part of the fabric design and the two were not the same.
I saved the hard cardboard back from the small frame and I used Duck Tape to tape the fabric to the backside of the cardboard.
I pulled the fabric tight so it laid nice and flat with no wrinkles or pulls.
Next I pushed the fabric covered cardboard into the frame and used Duck Tape to hold the cardboard in place on the back of the frame.
That Duck Tape is strong stuff and I don’t have to worry about it coming off. The fabric and cardboard will stay in place.
I used a heavy duty stapler to re-staple the frame to the wire.
Before hanging the frames I added foam wall protectors to the back corners. Don’t need the wood or wire rubbing the wall paint.
The light color paint and the pretty fabric give the outdated dull frames a totally new look.
I like the small flower design better than the large one although they are both nice.
I can hang the frames together or separately. I didn’t measure the frames but they take up a lot of space.
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If you missed my video on spray painting and distressing home decor you can see it below…..
How To Spray Paint And Distress Home Decor Accessories
Time to take the Thrift Store Decor Tour. Just click the pink text links below the “before” makeovers collage…..
Frying Pan Sign from Domestically Speaking
Baroque Mirror Memo Board from My Repurposed Life
Paint Old Picture Frames from Petticoat Junktion
How to Paint a Basket from Our Southern Home
How To Make A Concrete Pumpkin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Halloween Ghost from a Wooden Cheese Board from Sadie Seasongoods
Rustic Birch Bark Vase from House Of Hawthornes
As always, thanks for being here and have a great day, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com