Frames…okay can we add frames to the list of things I can’t pass up when I see a great deal? That’s frames, mirrors, and picnic baskets ha ha. I’m sensing a theme here…ahem hoarder.
Welcome back, awesome friends! I’m getting down to the final few pieces from my last thrifting/estate sale haul, and today I’m repurposing this pretty frame:
Anytime I see a frame with these curvy lines, I just can’t resist picking it up, especially when it’s half off of! This was $3.25 but all blue tags were half price, so I only paid $1.63 for this frame!
There are only so many things you can do with a frame, but my favorite is turning them into trays!
This one would be perfect for a vanity with its petite size…
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For the bottom of my tray, I used a piece of scrap luan that I cut using both my jigsaw and miter saw. My sliding miter saw only cuts up to 12″, so I needed a little help from my jigsaw for the longer sides.
Then I added parts of this stencil to the bottom:
I put together a video to show exactly how I add my stencils and make them look like they were hand-painted:
If you have any trouble viewing the video, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
And here are the products I used in the video:
I used spray adhesive to hold the stencil firmly in place, and I get questions about what to do with the sticky stencil after. I wash the paint off of the front side and lay it sticky side up on a paper towel to dry. When it’s dry, I store it flat on top of my other stencils on a shelf in one of my storage cabinets. It will stick a bit to other stencils, but I can still easily use it again the next time I need it. You can try to clean it with mineral spirits or a product like Goo Gone, but I don’t bother.
Doesn’t look so much like a stencil now, right?
I sealed the frame with Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax and gave the bottom a coat of Dixie Belle’s water-proof Gator Hide before I assembled it. Gator Hide might be my new favorite sealer! It is super durable and goes on flat surfaces nicely with Dixie Belle’s applicator sponge. I need to try it out using my sealer brush and see how it does. I’ll report back when I do.
I picked up the handles at Hobby Lobby…
They just screw in place. Don’t forget to predrill when working with thinner frames like this.
I just love the romantic details on this frame…
I used the original backing to secure the new bottom since it slid in place conveniently from the side, but I added fabric using matte Mod Podge to make it prettier…
And that’s that!
One more done! Yay!!
Here are links to all the makeovers in this haul so far:
I’ll see y’all back here on Tuesday with these two boxes:
UPDATE: See how a simple makeover made these two pretties shine like new HERE now!
Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂
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