I have several obsessions.
- Wooden Frames
- Wooden Animals
- White ceramic anything
- Milk glass
- Mason Jars
- Antique glazing
- Clearance Oops paint
It is no secret that I love to thrift. I even have a Facebook album dedicated to my unique and fun finds. I attempt to be a DIY maven. I see these couples and women on Pinterest doing some amazing work. I long to be just.like.them.
I long for the days of a house. The ability to have a workshop with actual tools. The ability to plants flower … in the ground and not just in containers. The ability to decorate a porch or a front yard for the holidays. The ability to grow a full garden … not just in containers. The ability to raise chickens.
I might have daydreamed a little too far. You get the picture … I kind of want a house so I can have dedicated work stations and a garden. Chickens or not.
Since I don’t have the space for many tools, I don’t tackle large DIY projects. I stick with easy ones — like painting a wooden frame.
I saw this bad boy at Goodwill a few weeks ago. Raymond rolled his eyes and said, “Another one?” Yep! Another wooden picture frame my good fella.
I loved the detailing on the corners. I did not love the color. I had no idea what I was going to do with it but proceeded to sand and prime as if I had an end result in mind.
I have wanted to frame this since the day I brought it home … 5-ish years ago. This was a happy accident. Happy that it fit. Happy that the colors matches the Alpha Delta Pi crest. I cannot wait to add it to my Art Gallery Wall in my office! ♥
DIY Goodwill Thrifted Picture Frame Tutorial
- Remove the backing and glass
- Clean the glass with windex.
- I sometimes use alcohol to get off all the “junk”
- Sand the frame
- I prefer a sanding block over sand paper
- 150 medium grit is my preference
- Using a washcloth, wipe down the frame
- Prime the frame
- Spray primer is easiest
- I use Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Coverage Primer
- It rocks!
- After the primer is dry, Paint the frame
- Any paint will do. Acrylic. Indoor. Spray.
- I’m slightly obsessed with the Clearance Oops Paint from Lowe’s & Home Depot — the color selection is varied
- Both sell miniature containers of paint that customers have returned for a deep discount.
- I used my $0.50 Oops paint from Home Depot and some white acrylic paint
- Use a paint brush to cover the frame.
- Repeat with a second coat is desired
- If you are going for a more aged look, then I recommend lightly sanding in between coats
- I also sand before and after glazing
- Antique or age the frame with glaze
- I’m also obsessed with antique glazing
- I use Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in Black Coffee (Home Depot)
- Wipe glaze on with damp washcloth
- Let is dry for 10-15 minutes
- Wipe off with dry washcloth
- If there is more glaze in one area that you want, then wet the washcloth and rub it over the glaze
- Glazing really is SO simple!
- Let it dry. Add picture and backing and voila!
What have you thrifted and given new life to recently?
Until next time…