New Life for Outdated Frames


You see, I have this problem. It’s with my car, actually.

Every Monday, after my cleaning is done (Monday is my cleaning day), I sit and make a quick menu of what we are going to eat for the week. Then I make a list of what I need to buy and head to the grocery store. But instead of heading right to the grocery store, my doggone car keeps taking a detour into the Food Lion parking lot (this is not the grocery store I am aiming for)…which just happens to have a Good Will next door.  I try to steer it straight, really I do!!

This Monday was no exception.

But hey, I found a great square coffee table for $10!!  I wanted it as soon as I saw it…you know that feeling…I really want this, but I’m afraid to walk away from it to tell someone for fear that someone else will grab it?

I know full well that it isn’t going anywhere in it’s current state. But maybe someone can see my vision in my head and they’ll want it too!  I’ve got big plans for that baby 🙂

So this post is not about a coffee table…

It’s about the new life I gave to a couple of boring oak frames I got for half off  on that same trip.  I paired them with an antique mirror I got for $1.99.

Here’s what I came up with:

Towel Rack


And here they are in their former life:



Pretty boring, right?

You can probably figure out how I put it together, but I’ll give you a quick thumbnail recap! (Click on each photo to enlarge.)


Stand back and admire, but try not to focus on the reflection of the window box that is desperately crying out for attention:



I gave them a coat of  Annie Sloan Graphite first because the frames were much lighter than the mirror and I wanted what was seen after sanding to match up:



Here it is in our Master Bathroom:




Towel rack from picture frames


Towel rack from pld picture frames


I think it turned out pretty darn cute!

This would be even better by the entry way for giving yourself one last check before heading out the door. You’d also have a quick place to hang your coat when you returned.

I’m working on a plan for that coffee table and I’ve also got a few more things I like to share from my garden, so come back real soon 🙂




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  1. Hi, I wasn’t quite sure where to put my comment. I love your idea for the frames. I’m going to try this with some of my frames. Thanks

  2. Wow…I’m impressed with the creativity of your mind. What a clever idea. We’re getting ready to move into a new home and I was wondering what to use for towel racks. I believe you’ve solved that answer for me. Many thanks…and kudos!!!

  3. Lovely!

  4. How clever. Love this. My car has the same problem with driving to Goodwill. I upcycled a few things myself this week.

  5. very cute and such a clever idea! love it!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  6. What a fab idea, I have some frames that I don’t know what to do with they’re in good condition they just don’t match any more, was thinking of throwing them out but now might just give this a try. Hope it turns out as good!

  7. You are so right~That is pretty darn cute!! Love it and might do something similar one day too. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
    Visiting you from Met Monday

  8. You’re right! These did turn our pretty darn cute. I’ve pinned for future reference. Blessings, Patti@OldThingsNew

  9. What a great transformation!! I love what you did with those old fames.

  10. You are amazing. I love this and never would I have thought to make it from the old frames. I love the colors that you chose too. Stoppin by to say hi from Tuts and Tips. Have a great week.

  11. This is awesome! So pretty! You should link this up to our party, Give Me The Goods Monday! {1 party, 5 blogs}
    Jamie @

  12. laurel@chippingwithcharm says

    Great idea…great new life for “tired” frames 🙂

  13. Cute and creative Christy! I realize I have been to your blog a few times now. You have lots of great ideas to share, I am adding you to my bloglovin’ follow. See you again soon!

  14. Super cute, Christy! Love the colors, too.
    I’m visiting you today from Wildy Original. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Enter my Blog Birthday Giveaway

  15. visiting from french country cottage. I love it. Great instructions and an awesome finished look

  16. These look fantastic Christy! And so functional too.

    Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

  17. I love it! I want to do this with all those miss-match frames I have around the house!

  18. You’re a STAR over at I Gotta Create! This turned out great. Thanks so much for linking up at the Wildly Original party.

    <3 Christina

  19. Wow! What a difference!!!

  20. Great idea to combine the three. My car seems to have a junk detector and steers me everywhere except where I am supposed to go.

  21. Great up-cycle! I have the same problem with my truck having a mind of its own! I really like your bead board idea! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase! I’m gonna pin this one on our board!


  22. Love this idea! I have a bad habit of collecting frames, so I’ll keep this in mind!


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