Upcycled Valentine Picture Frame

Happy Valentine's Day!

Not only is today Valentine's Day, it's also time for another Thrifty Chicks Challenge and this month it's picture frames! So, I took the opportunity to combine the two and create an...

Upcycled Valentine Picture Frame!

Upcycled Valentine picture frame
You will be able to check out the other ladies' projects at the end of this post!

Here are our frames before.

Thrifty Chicks frame challenge
I actually had something completely different in mind for this project but when I started looking through my studio for a suitable frame I came across this lovely specimen!

vintage wooden picture frame

I've had this frame for several years. This project was the perfect time for it to make its spectacular re-appearance into the world!

It's always kind of fun and a little bit of a mystery what you'll find when you start tearing off the frame backing.

vintage picture frame backing

This one had an old newspaper page from 1977!

vintage picture frame newspaper backing

So, once all that was removed I gave it a light sanding.

vintage picture frame

And then it got a coat of country white chalk paint.

vintage picture frame painted with chalk paint

I dug around in my prized junque collection and found some things I thought I could use to spell out the word Love!

A couple of pieces of trim from an old picture frame, a broom holder bracket (the flat part would be screwed to the wall and your broom handle pops between the 'U' shaped parts), some old rusty springs from a mattress, and a doorknob plate.

Assemblage pieces

I gave the wood pieces and the springs a light dry brushing of red paint.

assemblage parts

For the back, I used a piece from another old frame. The print was old and falling right off the backing (ugly too!). I thought the design left on the wood from the ancient glue was kind of cool looking so I left it as is.

Frame backing

I glued the board to the back of the frame and then started creating my letters!

vintage assemblage frame

assemblage picture frame

love word frame

love frame

vintage assemblage love frame

upcycled word frame

You can see the doorknob project sitting next to the frame here: Upcycled Doorknob Photo Holders.

assemblage love frame

What do you think? I had fun coming up with the letters from this old junk!

Now be sure to check out the other great frame projects from the other Thrifty Chick gals!

Marie at The Interior Frugalista - Coastal Picture Frame Serving Tray
Debra at Shoppe No. 5 - Update a Frame for Valentine's Day
Diana at Adirondack Girl at Heart - A Frame Transformation + Vintage Button Valentine
Lora at Lora B. Create & Ponder - Sheet Metal Frame

vintage picture frame upcycle


Tania said...

Thank you so much Marie!

Nancy Carroll said...

Very cute and junky! Happy Valentine's Day!

Tania said...

Thank you, Happy Valentine's Day!

Marie Blackburn said...

I love the way you repurpose junk finds, Tania and this Valentine Art is stink'n adorable! Pinned.

Tania said...

lol, thanks Debra!

Lora Bloomquist said...

I love junky words! This is awesome and such a great way to use all those pieces hanging around the garage! Pinned.

Tania said...

Thanks Lora!

Debra Pashkowsky said...

This is so adorable. I have always wanted to try spelling out a word with the junk I have collected. You really "nailed" it.

Diana Petrillo said...

I love any project involving "junk" Tania, and this one sure qualifies :) It's SO creative!!

Tania said...

Thank you Diana!

anne in the kitchen said...

Very clever!
btw, I painted my spaghetti jars for my V.D. table centerpiece. Now I have to find more jars to paint for St. Pat's and Easter. Plus Chinese New Year is tomorrow. I need some bright red and gold ones.

Tania said...

Thanks Tuula, ME TOO!!!


Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

I love signs, but especially signs made of cool junk. Very cool!

Tania said...

I bet the jars turned out pretty, will you be posting them on your blog?


Tania said...

Thank you Dagmar, love your link party!


Dagmar Bleasedale said...

Thank you for joining my link party. I hope to welcome you soon,

warm regards,

Dagmar Bleasdale


anne in the kitchen said...

I have begun painting jars and storing them so I can have a table decoration for every holiday. I found about 10 pickle jars that suit the purpose very well. Some homemade paper flowers and a little table scatter and I am all set for each holiday the remainder of the year. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

Tania said...

I'm glad you found inspiration from this post!! That's a great idea to paint them and have them ready, it makes for quick and easy holiday decor!