$4 Thrift Store Frame Repurposed

Hi beautiful friends!

Thank you to those that joined Nancy and me while we were thrifting last Thursday! We had a great time and even found a few treasures. If you missed our LIVE video, you can watch the replay on my Facebook Page HERE, and Nancy shared a short LIVE video on her Facebook page HERE too! (One of those may or may not include some bad dancing.)

I also want to let ya’ll know, in case you don’t scroll all the way to the end, that I will be back TOMORROW instead of Thursday this week. I’m joining the Seasonal Simplicity Tour hosted by my friend, Krista once again so I’ll be back with a brand new Spring project!

Today I’m back to tackling one of the last few pieces from thrift store haul #2, this picture I picked up for $4.25:

I don’t know about the picture, but how gorgeous is that frame? And for less than $5? A steal!! Yes, please! I grabbed it right away.

After sharing vintage suitcase #2 on Thursday (See that HERE if you missed it.), I still had some of that pretty floral fabric from Hobby Lobby left. I decided that I would use the rest on this project…to create a pretty new bulletin board:

How to make a fabric covered bulletin board.

Didn’t the frame paint up so pretty? I love all those curvy details! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love too.

Bulletin board made from a thrift store frame and cork board.

Want to know how to make one?

To turn my frame and bulletin board into a fancier framed bulletin board,  I started with painting my frame in Behr’s Bit of Sugar, made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe with video on how to mix HERE.)

Then I sanded lightly with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old foam sanding block, and sealed with Behr’s clear wax that I picked up at the Home Depot.

I usually use a clean cloth to apply wax because I feel like a wax brush uses a lot more wax, but it is much easier for projects like this that have all the details.  Cleaning the brush is easy with warm water and dish soap.

You’ll need a cork board also, and I just happened to have one in my stash that I picked up for a couple of dollars a while back:

I see these at thrift stores all the time.

After removing this one from this sad frame, it just happened to be the perfect size to fit my new frame. If not, cork can be easily cut down to fit.

Next I painted my cork board white as a better background for the fabric than the original brown color. Conveniently I had a roller and tray of white paint nearby from a house project my Hubby and I are working on on the side….I’ll be sharing that project when we’re done!

Then I grabbed my spray adhesive, and following the instructions for a more permanent adhesion, I sprayed both the cork surface and the fabric and waited 60 seconds…

Then I applied the fabric (already ironed) over the cork, smoothed out any wrinkles, and secured it on the back with hot glue. I inserted it into the frame and used my staple gun to secure it in place…

My cork had this hard backing behind it which made that step easy.

To finish off the back, I applied matte Mod Podge liberally all around the edge of the frame using a cheap chip brush

Apply Mod Podge with a cheap chip brush.

Then I used pretty brown kraft style wrapping paper I found at HomeGoods to cover the back, lining up the straight top and side edges of the paper with the top left of the frame, then trimming the other two sides with a sharp razor blade. I suggest using one that is actually in a holder, but I’m used to doing it this way.

I added sawtooth hanging hardware at the top and that was that!

sawtooth hanging hardware

This is how I finish the backs of my chalkboards, so they are finished nicely from the back as well. Don’t worry if the paper wrinkles from the Mod Podge, that is to be expected when you apply it more liberally, and holding it in place is more important.

Bulletin board made from an old frame from confessionsoafserialdiyer.com

How sweet is this now?

Bulletin board made from an old frame from confessionsoafserialdiyer.com

A sweet new bulletin board to hold pictures of my sweets!

Bulletin board made from an old frame from confessionsoafserialdiyer.com


Bulletin board made from an old frame from confessionsoafserialdiyer.com


Bulletin board made from an old frame from confessionsoafserialdiyer.com

I’m not keeping this though I am tempted. I just dropped it off at my booth yesterday.

Bulletin board made from an old frame from confessionsoafserialdiyer.com


How to make a fabric covered bulletin board.

If you liked this, you’ll love what this one became as well:

See the after HERE

Let’s cross another of this list, shall we?


If you missed any previous makeovers from this group, you can find them all here:

Drop Leaf Repurposed (Corbels)

$4 Vintage Suitcase Makeover

How to Recover a Tufted Footstool (The Cheater’s Way!)

Drop Leaf Side Table Makeover

$30 Thrift Store Coffee Table Makeover

$12 Oak Night Table Makeover

$2 Flatware Box Makeover

Dated Night Table Makeover

Vintage Suitcase Makeover #2

Don’t forget…I will be back TOMORROW this week instead of Thursday! 

UPDATE! Check out what I made for my front door to welcome Spring HERE!

See ya soon!! 🙂



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    That turned out so cute! Amazing what some paint, fabric, and a little creativity can do! I love that!!

  2. Sheila DelCharco says

    Ohhh that turned out so pretty with that gorgeous fabric!

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, this is so fun! I adore that you finish the back so well also. It was meant to be considering the size of the cork and the frame. 🙂
    I’m looking forward to the newest video of you and Nancy shopping! 🙂
    Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Christina! I do like to finish the backs off nicely as well, but if I plan to keep it, I rarely do lol! Hopefully we can get our video put together soon! XOXO

  4. Janice Holt says

    Such a sweet and pretty bulletin board. Looks so shabby chic.

  5. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    I thought the photo was rather adorable. That frame; well I loved it right away.
    Bulletin board; what a cool idea. I have an empty frame that has been sitting around here and I sure could use a bulletin board in my craft / storage shed. Thank you for the great inspiration.

    • The photo was very sweet but super faded unfortunately. That frame though…swoon! Sounds like you have a project on your hands, my friend! XOXO

  6. This is so cuuute!! ♡♡

  7. Your pile is dwindling! Love what you did with this frame and I’ll bet that it will sell in a heartbeat.

  8. christy – what’s not to love about anything made with this print fabric! and the painted frame is sweet!
    i do have two things that i would want to do differently – i can never manage to get two nails level on the wall, so if the piece isn’t too heavy, i like to use only one centered sawtooth hanger – then my chances of hanging it level improve greatly! and i although you have great pushpins, both on this and your previous pegboard, if i could find a lightweight piece of metal, i’d use that instead of cork and use cute little magnets – i hate punching holes in photos! just some of my thoughts!

  9. Cecilia from Georgia says

    Just in time for Spring!! I bet it flies out of your booth! Do you mind telling what you priced it for? Pricing is so difficult for me. Can’t wait to see the video of your latest shopping spree with Nancy!

    • I sure hope it sells since I priced it a bit steep at $49. That frame was just so nice and well made so hoping I get that for it! Nancy is in charge of the video this time, so I can’t wait to see it either ha ha! XOXO

  10. I love this project! You completed the back too! Awesomesauce!

  11. So cute! I think I have that exact frame. When digging around in the closet, I found a nice frame that I would like to make into a chalkboard. Need to scope out some of your past projects.

  12. Another beautiful makeover! Love the fabric – so sweet!
    I have a little tip for you in regard to your paper backing on the frame. I learned this in a frame making class. I have only done this with kraft like paper so don’t know if it works for thinner wrapping paper or the like but after you have glued the paper backing on as you did here, you let it dry thoroughly and then mist the paper on the back with plain water in a spray bottle. Some thicker papers require a heavier misting but as it dries you will see if it does. As the paper dries it shrinks up perfectly tight and flat to the back of the frame and looks nice and finished like magic! Then you can add your hangers over the paper.

    • Joan, you are the best! Thank you so much for sharing that tip…I am definitely going to give that a try next time. The paper I used does have some weight to it so hopefully it will work! XOXO

  13. It’s so pretty now. That frame was a major score. I have a couple questions, do you finish the back so it doesn’t scratch what it’s hanging on? Also, when looking at Bit of Sugar on the Behr Whites chart, I noticed that it has a tinge of pink. Is that why you use it, or am I seeing things?

  14. Angela Garner says

    Frame is beautiful. You always do a great job of illustrating how you did each step. Thank you for that.

  15. Marcie Lovett says

    It looks fabulous now, Christy! Coincidentally, I have an old frame and cork board waiting to be paired. They’re rather unattractive now, but filled with potential. I love how these detailed old frames can be improved with a little paint. The picture yours came with, on the other hand…. no hope for it, I’m afraid!

    • Thanks, Marcie! I love how a cheap cork board can be made to look so fancy just by putting it in a pretty frame! Yours will be fabulous I’m sure! Yeah that picture was sweet but it was super faded and it just didn’t really do it for me either! XOXO

  16. That really did turn out so sweet, Christy!! ???? xo

  17. What a beautiful frame/board! All that beauty was lost with its previous color and “art”. ????
    I’m making a pile of stuff right now for my sister to give as gifts to people who help out at her wedding, and I keep remembering what I’ve learned from you: white always sells, haha! Thanks for always providing such pretty inspiration!

  18. Sarah Roberson says

    The makeover is wonderful! BUT….I collect prints of Victorian children and I love this one. Would you be willing to sell the print to me?

    • Thank you, Sarah! I would have been glad to pass it on, however I did not save it. It was actually quite faded as if it had been sitting in a window, so I’m not sure you would have wanted it. XO

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