September 18, 2012

Family Frame

I took yet another Dumpster Diving and Tears find and created a wonderful place to put family photos!
I am so proud of this one! I really love it! Here is the piece I found by the dumpster.

frame, family, trash, treasure

This is a large piece, 20"x66", so I moved this project outside in the fresh fall air. It was already put together like this when I found it. It is MDF being held together by shims that are stapled on. Some of the staples were loose, so I pounded them in and added a few of my own to be sure it was sturdy.

frame, family, trash, treasure

I work part-time for a furniture store, and I believe this comes in the bottom of the furniture crates. When I saw it my immediate thought was...PICTURE FRAME! I decided to paint it the same color as the bottom third of the walls in the dining room, bird house brown (which has a hint of red). I wanted it to look distressed so I dampened an old rag to rub on the paint. I dipped the damp rag into the paint and applied it like I was washing it, in a circular motion.

frame, family, trash, treasure

I found poster board for the backing at our local craft store and stapled it to the back.

frame, family, trash, treasure

frame, family, trash, treasure

My Mom (those are her hands you see here) helped me attach a wire and some tulle. Now this is too heavy to hang from the actual wire, it is just beading wire, I'm using it and the tulle for effect.

frame, family, trash, treasure

I also picked up wood letters to spell out FAMILY. I painted them white. Again, I wanted a more weathered feel, so I only used one coat of white.

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters

Once dry, I attached them with hot glue to the top, center of the frame.

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters



frame, family, trash, treasure, letters

I attached picture hangers to the back in three spots and added a nail to hold up the wire/tulle so it appears to be hanging from it. Now is when I'm getting really excited! I can see the finished product in my head! Almost there! I picked up some picture mats to use in the framed areas. I didn't want to add much weight to the piece and I want to be able to change out the pictures easily.

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters, mats

I taped pictures to the backs of the mats and taped the mats to the inside of the frames. It didn't take much tape so it will be very easy to change out the pictures and to place the mats in different arrangements. I don't have all the pictures in yet, but I couldn't wait to show this to you!

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters, mats

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters, mats

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters, mats

frame, family, trash, treasure, letters, mats


This entire project cost me under $20! I love it! Time to choose which pictures to display first! So what do you think?! Will you be stopping by your local furniture store to see what treasures they may have waiting for you? I will definitely be keeping an eye out!


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9 comments :

  1. Nice! If you find another of these things I could use it :-)

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  2. This is really a nice project - I like the way your brain thinks! I "see" things too, when I come across something that "I know I can do something with that!" feeling comes over me :)

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    1. Thanks SweetPepperRose! Glad you stopped by! I "see" lots of things, just not dead people. ha!

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  3. Great dumpster dive! Way to upcycle. :)

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    1. Thanks Kammy! I really love it. And I am so surprised how much my kids like it, they are teenagers after all, so it must have turned out as good as I feel it did! Thanks again and thanks so much for stopping by!

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  4. How lovely! I love that you used something so unexpected, and the angled mats look so sweet!

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    1. Thanks Alli! I really love how it turned out. The 'wall' is finally done and it makes such a statement in my dining room. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Love the idea! Great way to recycle! I live in a very square uninteresting world and in this world I would put the mats in straight, I believe the angles would drive me crazy (I am sure there is a medical term for this syndrome). ;-p Enjoy your day!

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