Thrift Store Picture Repurposed

Hello amazing friends! Are ya’ll ready to see what else I salvaged from that pile of thrift store goodies?

Today I’m sharing how I repurposed this picture:

It was marked down twice to $4.98. The frame was wood and had lovely detailing on it,  so in the cart it went. Now when I said I repurposed the picture, I fibbed a bit because I don’t think there is much hope for the actual picture, but I was able to reuse the frame in an awesome way.

I was working in my shop (aka the garage) last week when I happened to notice that this mirror I found back before Halloween was pretty close the size of my beautiful new frame:

This mirror was inside a larger more beautiful frame and I scored it for $10. Except it wasn’t really a score because the larger frame started crumbling apart at the lightest touch. Because I am drawn to all things gold and shiny, I must have blocked out that detail as I ran to the check out to purchase it.

I did reuse that crumbling piece however, in our Halloween display.

So the rest of this mirror has been sitting right where it was when I originally took it apart…

I removed the outer frame and went to try it out in my new frame, crossing my fingers that it would be a match, but of course it was not to be as the frame was too large:

Or was it?

Enter this beauty:

I decided to stop in at the thrift store closest to our house to see if they had a frame that I could cut down and use to fill that gap. I knew using a frame would have the channel in the back that I needed to insert the mirror into, and for $2.50, this was the answer.

I cut the frame down to fit using my miter saw:

Then I used wood glue and clamps to reattach the two corners:

These were my Dad’s clamps that he passed along to me when he stopped woodworking. I feel like I’m channeling his wood working skills whenever I use them!

I painted both frames in Bit of Sugar by Behr, made into DIY chalk paint (Recipe HERE):

About an hour later, I used a damp washcloth to wet distress the raised detail:

Wet distressing a painted wood frame

Often when you take sandpaper to these frames, the sandpaper takes away too much and instead of seeing the beautiful wood beneath, you get a funky white color. Wet distressing fixes that, however you only have a short window after paitning your final coat to be able to easily remove paint this way, about an hour is ideal. I waxed both frames with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal.

Then I used straight nails at an angle to attach the gold mirror to the smaller frame from the backside.

I used these brackets I already had on hand to attach the smaller frame and mirror to the larger frame:

I had no clue how I was going to attach them so this worked out great.

Then I used pretty paper from Hobby Lobby and Matte Mod Podge to make the back pretty also:

I used the original hanging hardware that was on the frame and that was that.

Now I have a brand new mirror:

New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame

I decided  to keep the gold on the original mirror since that is what drew me to it in the first place.

Plus it matches the other frames in my dining room:

New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame

This is going in my office across the hall though.

New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame

I am so thrilled that I was able to use that gold mirror after all.

New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame


New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame

Layering the frames gives this piece even more dimension.

New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame


New Mirror Frame from a Thrift Store Frame


One more piece down! Woohoo! There’s not much left…almost time to go shopping again!

If you missed any, you can catch up below:

$10 Thrift Store Wall Cabinet

80’s Towel Bar Shelf Repurposed

Weird Tote Makeover

Pretty Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

$2 Thrift Store Drawer Upcycle

Drop-Leaf Table Makeover

I’ll be back on Thursday with the other larger drawer:

And yes that is the very same before drawer picture, but different drawer after I promise!

UPDATE: Lucky you…no need to wait! See what became of this drawer HERE now!

See ya then, friends! 😀



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Now that’s some fast thinking DIY!! I am shocked that you even had to go to the thrift store to get another frame, shocked that you didn’t already have one in your stash!! LOL! It turned out really beautiful! Great job!!

    • Thanks so much, Mary! I know, right? I did check my stash first, but I don’t usually buy thinner frames like the one I needed! XOXO

  2. Char Fisher says

    You are such an inspiration with your DIY projects. Now I must run out to my closest flea markets and find a frame to transform. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing!C

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Nicely created Christy! I am so glad you are keeping this beauty! 🙂
    Have a great week.

  4. You are so clever! I look forward to reading your emails and love seeing the transformations. Simply amazing! You inspire me to look at “junk” in a new way and see the potential in it. Wish you were my neighbor so I could watch and learn from you.???? When is your book coming out? I’ll have to go that route since moving isn’t an option for either of us. I’m learning so much from you and feeling more confident with a paint brush. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Jerri! I’d love to have you as my neighbor…I’d put ya to work ha ha! I love that you are feeling inspired…that is the best!! XOXO

  5. Wow! You are so talented. I love what you do with your thrift store finds. I would never think of the amazing things that you make from your finds. I’m also quite envious of the good prices at your thrift store, here in Phoenix the prices are often way too high for the age and condition of the item. Anyway, just as you channel your dad I’m doing my best to channel you. Now when browsing goodwill I think “What would Christy do?” ????

    • Oh I love that, Cindy! You are so funny! And thank you so much!! Some of our thrift stores are pricey as well, but we have one chain that is very reasonable, thank goidness. Can’t wait for yard sale season! XOXO

  6. Fantabulous! Great use of your creative skills. So beautiful!

  7. I love that you use your dad’s clamps! I have some of my dad’s tools and even tho a few of them look rough, they work perfectly and I LOVE using them. Anyway, the mirror is gorgeous. The original gold looks amazing. ????

    • Thanks, Denise! I know you treasure your Dad’s tools, and so nice that you can think of him when you use them. XOXO

  8. Sandra Fischer says

    Very nice save and redo on the frames but I am curious if the print? In the original purchase was a print or was it a painting because it looked lovely to me . What exactly was wrong with it and did you trad it ??

    • Thanks, Sandra! It was a print with a bumpy texture made to look like a painting, and it didn’t really match my decor. I bought it for the lovely frame. XO

  9. i love the idea of layering the frames – i know i would have never thought to do that!
    i’m anxious to see what you do with the spice rack in the photo, i have one exactly like it!
    i always love your makeovers Christy!

  10. Christy:

    What did you do with the spice rack?

    The reason I ask is I have the same spice rack and was thinking of painting it.


  11. Robyn Wright says

    Clever, clever thinking with adding the other frame and cutting it to fit. I swear I learn more from you every week. Thank you!

  12. Debbie in TX says

    What a neat idea. It looks like it was meant to be that way all along. It’s great that it goes with your other frames. I bet it looks wonderful!!

  13. Marcie Lovett says

    I guessed mirror! But not a triple trash-to-treasure mirror. You really worked magic to get that mirror to fit, Christy. Great saves on all three frames! Do you hold on to the glass for another project?

    • Good guess! Thanks, Marcie! I’m so excited I was able to use that vintage mirror! I usually toss the glass since it is always very thin and easily breakable. XOXO

  14. Linda C Johnston says

    Fantastic! Just fantastic! Geez, I wish I could come up with this stuff. lol No kidding, an exceptional job of upcycling.

  15. Hi Christy,
    What a sweet looking framed mirror you created for you office! I love the “Midas touch” of gold against the Bit of Sugar paint, the colors look great together!

  16. Wow, this was darn sure creative! Loved the post! Thanks for sharing! Leticia

  17. I am in love and that’s all I’ve got to say!????

  18. This is almost like March Madness! So fun, and lovely makeovers, Christy!

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