Don’t Throw Away That Frame!

I find myself saying that a lot these days!

When my husband came home with this frame, he said, “It was only $10 and some of the molding around it is broken off… but I thought you could fix it.”

He totally gets me. lol

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How pretty!  And take a look at the detail in these corners.

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I die!  So in love!  But there was a catch, one corner was busted up.

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Ok, so I wouldn’t be able to keep the gold corners, which I normally would have done (or at least tried).  But I had a plan for this beauty.  A little chalk paint and it would be amazing!  However, this corner would need to be fixed before I could do anything.

Step One: Prep the Frame

Remove the backing of the frame and the glass. I just flipped this frame over and cut the backing with my blade. CAREFULLY remove the old print and the glass, (no cutting yourself please).  I would not be reusing these so I tossed them.

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Next you’ll want to clean the frame.  I wiped it down really well with Clorox wipes and let it dry.

Step 2 – Fix the Frame

I thought about this for a while and ended up trying Bondo.  I knew it would be paintable and should be somewhat forgiving.

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When you mix this up, it smells pretty bad, so wear gloves and make sure your area is ventilated.

I just plopped it on the area with the broken molding and used a wooden skewer to shape it and create some peaks.

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Not very pretty, right?

Here it is dry.

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As you can see, drying didn’t make it look any better.  But, the next steps make all the difference!

Step 3 – Paint the Frame

I did 2 coats of chalk paint.  Here it is after the first coat… you can tell it’s still wet.

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SO much better!

Step 4 – Distress

I grabbed some sand paper and went over some of the edges lightly to bring out the gold that was still hiding underneath.  Then slapped in a pre-made chalkboard and here she is!

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Close up of one of the distressed corners.

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Look how big it is!

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And a full view shot.

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That’s it! I am so in love with these shabby chic frames and chalkboards.  I have them all over my house and never get tired of them.

If you’d like to see the tutorial on creating a chalkboard, click here.

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How have you used old frames?  Let me know!





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  1. Please delete the original comment…. I thought the uploaded photo would be a icon thingy. oops!

    Beautiful job Karrah! I love using old frames for new projects!


  2. Great husband and great makeover!