Hello, amazing friends! I am SO excited to be sharing my LAST piece from my current haul today!! With this final piece, I’m going to turn a frame into a shelf!
Here it is as I found it at the thrift store for just a few dollars:
I usually toss these pretty frames into my cart with the intention of turning them into chalkboards, but that doesn’t make for very exciting makeovers, so I tried to stretch my imagination to see what these last couple of frames could become.
See what I created with the last one HERE if you missed it.
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For this one, I started by removing the cardboard image and the fabric covered frame that was on the inside:
You can paint those fabric wrapped parts on the inside, but they really soak up the paint and I didn’t need it here.
Turn a frame into a shelf
Let’s turn this frame into a shelf!
I started with a piece of wood that was once a shelf I took out of the bottom compartment of a china cabinet. I used my table saw to cut it…
And I got four pieces out of it that will create the outside frame for my shelf:
I needed one more piece to use as the shelf across the center though and found another scrap since I didn’t have enough of this.
Here are all the pieces cut to fit:
I determined the length by cutting them so they fit just inside the frame.
Once everything was cut, I used my cat sander to sand all the raw edges smooth.
Then, to join the outside frame of my new shelf together, I applied wood glue to the ends of each piece and then clamped them together inside the frame to keep them square:
Once they had tried for about 30 minutes, I used my Ryobi nail gun to join them together:
Only one teeny tiny issue… I just couldn’t live with this:
I cut it just a hair short!
As I sat there for forever staring at my wood scrap pile determined I was NOT buying wood for this project, I got an idea.
I decided to join two pieces of scraps that I had left from the shelf board of the china cabinet with wood glue to create a piece wide enough for my shelf:
And yay! That worked perfectly!
I added that piece across the center to create a shelf.
Then, I removed the built shelf from the frame so I could secure it with the nail gun further down.
To cut a backing for my new shelf, I traced the outline onto a piece of hardboard:
I cut that with my small circular saw to get nice, straight cuts, but you could use a table saw or a jigsaw to cut it as well.
With all the pieces still separate, I painted them in two coats of Caviar, starting with the frame:
I had to add Transfers
Okay, I technically didn’t have to add transfers, but they are so fun to play with and add so much!
For the back of the shelf, I chose this pretty gold transfer called Dainty Blooms and it comes with two 12 x 12″ sheets:
You can make the pieces go further by spreading the design out more, or you can create a more compact design like I did.
I laid them out how I wanted them and started burnishing them to my surface with the enclosed tool:
Doing this will leave funky marks in your dark painted finish, but they will go away once you seal the surface. Also, when adding transfers to darker surfaces, they require a bit more burnishing to get rid of the halo. That will also be minimized with sealer.
I had originally planned to add Gold Gilding wax to the frame to highlight the pretty details, but when I did, it kind of took away from the gold on the transfer.
So, I reached for my Odorless Mineral Spirits and started to remove the gilding wax and as I rubbed, it started to reveal the original frame color beneath.
The color coming through was super subtle and gave me the perfect amount of highlight…
Gator Hide is not recommended to seal over transfers as it can cause transfers to lift. If you want the water repellent protection that Gator Hide offers, add a coat of Clear Coat first.
The fun part
Now for the most fun part…putting it all together!
I used these angled brackets I picked up at the Home Depot:
Jack and I had to make a pit stop there after lunch this weekend, but then I found a whole drawer of them the drawers from my hardware organizer. Shhh…don’t tell Jack lol! I forgot I bought them!
I added two on the top and two on the bottom to secure the frame to the shelf. I also add the original D-ring hardware back for hanging:
And here is how this thrift store frame is going to spend the next several years:
Not a bad life, right?
I could see this in a dining room holding some treasured china pieces.
Here’s a better peek at the frame.
Using Mineral Spirits to remove some of the paint was actually easier than wet distressing, and this is the perfect amount of highlight!
The transfer has a bit of a metallic shimmer to it in the light…
And the frame part does sit off the wall a bit, so I made sure to make the outside look as clean and sleek as the inside.
Y’all, this completes this haul! Can I get a WOOHOO?!!
See anything you may have missed at the links below!
Painting the Smalls #20 (Six mini makeovers!)
I have a BRAND NEW haul of goodies to share, but I can’t share just yet!
Thursday is Furniture Fixer Upper Day, so I’ll be back with one of my new pieces, this dated sofa table:
And then next week, I’ll share all the goodies in my new haul!
UPDATE: No need to wait! See how this table got brought into this decade HERE now!
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