I’m so excited to share this upcycled old frame project with you today! It has been in the works for some time now. It all started awhile back when I stopped at my go-to thrift store in my little corner of the world. I try to stop there once a week, as a good thrifter should ’cause you never know what you’ll find, right? So this day I scored big on a few things including two of these frames which were $4 each. That’s a bit more than I usually pay for frames (really, Col?) but these are so pretty with so much detail and even though I don’t usually gravitate toward gold, I kinda liked it.
The other nice thing about these frames is they’re 24 x 24 and really deep. So one of them I used as a ceiling medallion in my daughter’s room. The other one I hung on to it for awhile tossing around some ideas. Then I saw some other folks on Pinterest making trays from frames and I thought I have the perfect frame for that project! Here’s how we did it…
We used 1/4 sheet plywood to make the back and tacked it on with wood glue and finishing nails. Then I gave it a few coats of homemade chalk paint.
Not the best picture, I know, sorry. I decided to stencil a leaf pattern on the front with brown paint and then went over it with a gold paint pen. I also used the paint pen on the edges of the plywood because it was really light, almost white, wood to start with. The gold paint blends right in with the frame.
After the stencil…
For the handles I lucked out!! I found a bag of these gold handles for $1.50 at the same thrift store I got the frames at. I have used them on a few projects (more posts to come). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it PAYS to dig through the junk bins if you have time! The color is really too bright and very 80’s but spray paint does the trick. I had a much more dull gold that I sprayed them with and then rubbed on Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint with a cloth to tone it down and age it a bit.
So here’s the old frame as the new tray…
I love it! It’s a bit more ornate than I usually like but it fits in my bedroom beautifully. It’s also big enough to put all my stuff on. 🙂
Resources and Options:
- Martha Stewart Stencil
- Gold Handles
- Gold Paint Pen
- Brown Craft Paint
- Faux Pink Flowers
- White Pitcher
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Do you have an old frame kickin’ around that you could use? Or do you have a really cool idea for making a tray?? I would love to hear about it!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!