Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

August 04, 2021

Picture frames are something that every thrift store has and they are usually pretty cheap too. They are great candidates for upcycling and repurposing!


Today I'm sharing an example of both... upcycling and repurposing a couple of old frames for this thrift shop flip😄


Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames


These are the picture frames that I found at Goodwill, They were $3.99 each.


Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames


I thought they were really pretty pictures and considered selling them as is but when I took them apart I discovered that the pictures were just calendar pages that someone had framed.


I decided to add a quote to one of them. I printed the quote I wanted and transferred it to the picture with transfer paper.


Then I used white craft paint to fill in the letters.


Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Someone had painted the frames green previously and the paint was scratched up so I painted them white.

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

For the other frame, I chose to make a tray!


For the tray base, I used the cardboard circle from inside the frame and old yardsticks!


Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

I cut them to match the curve of the frame with my scroll saw but a jigsaw or hand saw would work as well.

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

I used Gorilla Wood Glue to adhere the yardstick pieces to the backing piece.

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Originally my plan was to leave this frame green but I didn't like the way it looked once I had the yardstick in it so I decided to paint it. I had already glued the bottom into the frame so I taped it off for painting.

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

I added little ball feet to the bottom.

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Here is the finished tray! 

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

I did stain the yardsticks to get a more aged appearance.

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

What do you think of these projects? Have you ever made anything with an old picture frame?

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames

This marks another item off this lineup and all that's left is the lamp!!

Upcycled and Repurposed Picture Frames
You can see the past projects here:


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  1. Great idea adding typography to the existing framed art. Great idea turning the other into a cute little tray. Love the yardstick base! I could use a tray like that in my bathroom. Goodwill, here I come!

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    1. Thanks Marie! I know, I was planning to resell these in my shop but now I'm seriously considering keeping them! lol

      Tania

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  2. I like both projects! The picture with the added lettering is great. The wording adds needed interest to an otherwise nondescript scene! And the tray with rulers is genius! Love it! Great job on both!

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