A New Life For Old Frames

Ugly, old frames are everywhere!

Especially frames with old faded pictures inside.

Thrift stores are full of out of date frame sets.

I bought this set of frames at a yard sale, 2 for $5.00  

They had pictures of very faded flowers in them.

I knew I could give them a new life so I painted them with a coat of Old White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Right away I loved them!

With a coat of white paint they reminded me of tin ceiling tiles.

When the frames were dry, I distressed the edges and the inner detail with a damp rag. 

This takes off some of the paint in key places without all the dust of sanding.

I cleaned the glass, inserted my photo, and used the back 
of the old picture to mat my new photo.

I ran a bead of permanent dots and covered the back of the frame with heavy duty brown paper. 

The brown paper finishes the back with a professional look and hides anything you don't want to see.

On the back I added a sawtoothed hanger.

I found the perfect picture to put inside.

And now this old matched set has a new home... 
one in ours and one for the parents of the groom.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .