Yard Sale Frames Rescued

Amazing friends welcome back! If you stopped in last week, you know that I am working through a new stack of treasures that I saved from my own yard sale. (I shared a few pics of our yard sale HERE if you missed it!) Well, a couple of things I was trying hard to purge, but no one else wanted them either, so I decided to give them some love as well.

Today I’m sharing these frames that once hung in our old master bathroom:

And yup, those would be two of my family member’s feet in there. Why I thought it would be a good idea to frame our feet to decorate the walls, I will never know, but you have to admit, Brennan’s little piggies were so darned cute!

These frames have just been sitting in my storage room waiting for the next yard sale. Also in my yard sale pile were these coastal prints:

I loved these prints when I found them. All the trim in our old house was ivory and so I had more ivory in our decor instead of bright white. It wasn’t easy finding coastal-inspired decor in ivory so these were a great find. They hung in our living room for years. I have been enjoying brighter whites in our new home, so these didn’t quite make the cut.

I just hated to sell them for next to nothing at my yard sale, so I decided to keep them.

When I saw both these prints and the frames together, I was reminded of our dining room artwork…and you may remember them as well:

Inexpensive wall art from thrift store frames from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

And I thought why not pair these up and do the same?

And so I did!

Frame simple canvas prints for more impact

Framed, these prints look so much better! Before they were just wrapped around a wooden frame. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

Frame simple canvas prints for more impact

First I removed the glass and plastic “mat” that was in the frame before. Then I painted the frames using Dixie Belle’s Buttercream. It’s a really pretty creamy color and I thought it suited the pictures. I used it on this dressing table as well.  (If you’re using DIY chalk paint, I love Cottage White by Behr as well.)

Then I sanded lightly here and there to distress a little using 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old foam sanding block.

I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Wax in clear.

Frame simple canvas prints for more impact

Then I removed the prints from their simple wooden frames and used one of the pieces of glass to help mark where I needed to cut each print:

I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat set to cut them all perfectly straight…


The backs of these had stiff paper attached, so I just put them back in the frame without the glass, added the backing and secured them in place with the prong thingys that were there originally. Had they been more flimsy like the ones I have in my dining room, I probably would have wrapped them around the original glass.

And now they look even nicer, don’t you think?


These will be heading to my booth!

Frame simple canvas prints for more impactFrame simple canvas prints for more impact

That’s two more items checked off my yard sale rescue list:

If you missed the shelf, you can see that HERE!

I have a treat for ya’ll this week! I’ll be back tomorrow AND Thursday!! I’m joining the Seasonal Simplicity Series tomorrow and it’s all about Summer projects. I’ll be sharing what I did with this sign I scored at a yard sale for a dollar!

UPDATE: See how I gave this sign a new Summer feel HERE now! 

Then I’ll be back on Thursday making over another one of these pieces AND I’ll have an awesome giveaway as well!!

See ya tomorrow! 🙂



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Good job rescuing your own items. Why go out and buy something that you can repurpose from your own house, great idea, and they turned out so cute. I am excited to get to see what your up to 3 days instead of 2. If you posted every day I would be here to see!! I love your blog!!!

  2. Christina in SW FL says

    Oh Christy, these turned out so soft and lovely. They won’t last long in your booth!
    “See” you tomorrow!

  3. Mother Deer says

    Nice upgrade on the prints and frames. Now I’m wondering what kind of creative genius that you will apply to the plastic “mats.” Can’t wait to see what you turn them into 🙂

    • Thank you, Mother Deer! Ha ha you know me so well…I don’t have a plan for those at the moment, but I did keep them! XOXO

  4. Aww… Love them! you are very talented, my friend.. have a wonderful day! Leticia

  5. I just love your blog. What a treat to get to read it three times this week.
    Recently I saw a shelf very much like the blue one (pictured above) that you refinished. It’s price was $185.00!

  6. I love how those turned out! The prints really shine now! If I still had a coastal themed bathroom, I’d want those. 🙂

  7. Christy, I love your blog! You walk us through each step of each makeover. I, too, like to give well used items with good bones, new life. I am always looking for new ideas ???? like lining drawers. A simple tip that that extra something. You find yourself saying, “why didn’t I think of that.” I am a fan and a follower for what I hope will be a very long time.


    • Thank you SO much, Shirley! You are right…sometimes it’s going that extra step that really makes something special! I am so thrilled to have you following along with me, and I too hope it will be for a long time! XOXO

  8. The prints from your yard sale look wonderful in the frames. They actually look 3-D in your pictures.

  9. Awww. I was hoping you would keep the shell prints! I like them in your home. I can’t wait to see what you do to the wooden bowl. I have one…….I am waiting!!!!!!!!!

    • I know…I kind of wish I had painted the frames white and made them work for our home! Oh well…still working on an idea for the bowls! XOXO

  10. OMG! Absolutely gorgeous! I love them so pretty and delicate looking. I just came back from the beach and didn’t see anything this nice there. Great job!

  11. Marcie Lovett says

    Now that is just brilliant, Christy! I liked the pictures, but they look so much more substantial with the frames. Someone is definitely going to enjoy those now.

  12. Nice save! A two-for-one too! Check 2 more off the list! ???? Very pretty!

  13. Wow Christy, I never would have thought of unwraping a print from its wood frame to reuse in an upcycled frame – genius girl!! They look great now!

  14. How cool that you have so much in your treasure trove to put together the four frames and the four prints! They look lovely and the colors are just perfect. Nice and neutral and they can work in a variety of decors. This is one of my favorite blogs and I get fantastic ideas for my own home! Nice!!

  15. Naomi Shelton says

    Christy, what did you do with the inner mats from the frames that you had the feet photos in? I really liked those. I think the newly framed shells look really good in the white frames. I love shell images. I have some that are embossed on a heavy ivory paper. No coloring or lines, just the embossed image. I’ve been wondering how to frame them and I think maybe a similar treatment to what you used for your shell art. It’s great that you could shop your own sale and find new uses for your things.

    • Hi Naomi! I loved those mats also and in fact, they were the reason I bought those frames to begin with. Unfortunately, they mats were just cheap plastic. I did keep them though just in case…you never know! Your images sound really pretty! XOXO

  16. Beautiful job Christy! I think adding the frames is exactly what the prints needed. I’m sure they will sell quickly!

  17. LeAnn Blevins says


    I need those prints for my powder room! Do you still have them?! How can i contact you?


    • They are in my shop, but I plan to stop by tomorrow. If they are still there, I can grab them for you. I believe I have them priced at $18 each. Email me directly at christykjames@cox.net if you are interested! 🙂

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