Painted Thrift Store Frames

Hey y’all…I’ve been busily working on some projects in the house, most that I have been putting off for one reason or another. One project that I am excited about is updating the sitting room in our bedroom. I staked a claim to this space as soon as we moved into the house. There is a small built-in corner bookcase in the room that I’m starting to pull items together for.

When I really thought about the purpose of this space it really made me focus on what I wanted this room to be.  I want it to be:

  • comfortable
  • a cozy place to read
  • a quiet place for meditation
  • a place with laughter filled telephone conversations, catching up with family and friends

After creating this list I had a strong pull to include family photos on the shelves.I cherish my rich family history…I have vintage photographs throughout my home. I decided that I wanted to include some of these great photos on my shelves in the bookcase.

Truth be told…my picture frames came from my basement – not the thrift store. You may already have several mismatched frames that you can do this project with. Or you can find many of these frames – different shapes and sizes for very little money at thrift stores and yard sales.

Here’s my collection…they are wood and plastic.

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Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.I wanted to create a cohesive look, so I decided to paint them. I removed the glass inserts and the backs…

Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.I used leftover chalk paint in a creamy white. This is the first coat…

Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.I had intended to lightly distress the frames and apply some dark wax. But, after the second coat of paint dried I decided that I really liked the frames just as they were. By just adding a bit of paint in the same color, the frames became a collected look – instead of mismated styles.

Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.Aren’t these photos the best? That’s my mom and dad sitting on the picnic table…

Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.This sweet photograph is of my mother in an enamel basin…

Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.…and this is my great grandfather sitting on the porch.

Painted Thrift Stores Frames - perfect for a cohesive look for little money.

Painted Thrift Store Frames - take mismatched frames and create a cohesive look with paint.

I hope to complete the room and show it to y’all next week. Now that I completed this project it makes me excited to get all of the elements in the room. Hmm…what else can I put in there?

Until Monday,

XO~Vicki

 

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Comments

  1. says

    The frames look great painted creamy white. It always amazes me how dramatically things can change just with some paint. Love the family photos! What good looking parents!! Beautiful couple! :)

  2. says

    Vicki, I love how beautiful your frames look and can’t wait to see your sitting room too. It’s so amazing what some coats of paint can do. I have to tell you. I used your chalk paint recipe to work on my cabinets in our kitchen (still painting….lol) and I was really nervous but I love the texture and thickness of it and it hides so many flaws too. Ahhh Mazing!!! Thank you for that great tutorial. My cabinets are flat thought, not gloss now so would you put a clear wax on them? or what do you recommend? Thank you xo Lisa
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