Another Great Garage Sale Find and Flip

One of my favorite projects, and judging by views and emails I’ve gotten from readers, a favorite for you as well, is my oversized Display Frame.

Display Frame

Display Frame

I have been looking for an oversized picture frame to re-purpose for quite some time and just never could find exactly what I was looking for.  Then, low and behold, I was at a garage sale and literally hanging on the outside of the garage was this huge ugly brown picture frame with gold paint literally flaking off of the frame.  After sending Tom over to negotiate the purchase for me, I was the proud owner of ugly frame, standing 5′ tall and nearly 3′ wide.  Each of the sides are 6″ thick!  Best of all, the frame is plastic so it doesn’t weigh much at all, which makes hanging it on a wall much easier.

In addition to picking up the oversized picture frame we found these great iron pieces that are waiting for another project.

In addition to picking up the oversized picture frame we found these great iron pieces that are waiting for another project.

Flipping the frame was really easy.  First thing that it did was take the power washer and washed away the dirt, cobwebs, and all of the loose gold paint from the frame.  Next I painted the entire frame with glossy black spray paint and then a second coat of DIY chalk paint in a soft white.

Once the chalk paint was dry I gently distressed the white paint to let the glossy black paint show through.  I think that this gives the finished frame a nice old world plaster look and the black undertone really help make the scroll work pop!

For the inside of the frame, we simply used screws and washers to hold down some basic chicken wire that we picked up at one of our weekend runs to Home Depot.

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Washers and screws hold the chicken wire in place

Washers and screws hold the chicken wire in place

I love the shabby chic look and the versatility of the finished frame.  You can hang so many different things: post cards, family photos, holiday cards, seasonal decorations, the possibilities are endless.  Spring clothes pins are you need to hold light weight items to the chicken wire.

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While I love this project, like so many others, this too is for sale. Of course, once it’s sold, I’ll be on the hunt for another big frame to re-purpose.  If you interested, drop me an email at colleen@ourtreasuredlife.com

Display Frame

Display Frame

 

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