On the second Tuesday of each month, my blogger friends and I put together a collection of DIY posts for our Trash to Treasure Transformation fun. What could be better than creating with junk from like-minded gals? You’ll see there projects in a bit. But now, you’ll see that my recent thrift store adventure had me all caught up on these beautiful picture frames. My fun begins with how I turned them into a repurposed picture frame shelf.
I found these solid wood frames along with the items in my Operation 80’s makeovers, and knew they had potential. They are big and ornate, so that was a no-brainer purchase for me. However, I have already used picture frames for chalkboards, and other wall art and wanted to really do this pair justice.
They definitely had beautiful design and just needed to be filled. An idea struck to turn them into shelving and I couldn’t wait to get started. First, I took off their wire hangers on the back and removed the remnant paper backing by soaking it and scraping.
When figuring out design, I decided to build my shelving right to the interior opening of the frame so it would be nice and flush. Once I had my measurements, I used my circular saw and RipCut Jig to make pieces out of ½” thick cabinet grade plywood. You can make it as deep as you like. I chose my depth of the box to be 3 ½”. I could have used basic 1″ x 4″ pine boards too, but wanted to use up my stash. Plus, the ply is a bit lighter for hanging on the wall too.
With my shelf frame pieces cut, I then wanted to add pocket holes using my Kreg Jig so I could attach it to the back of the repurposed picture frame. I’m not kidding when I say this is one of THE MOST versatile tools ever and it is must in my arsenal.
Now my shelf pieces are ready to be assembled. I could have used pocket joints on the corners, but I wanted a cleaner look. Using wood glue and my nailer, I butted up the corners and attached.
Take a peek at my repurposed picture frame shelf set up for a dry fit. Lookin’ good, isn’t it? It would be better if the pic wasn’t fuzzy…meh.
Before attaching the shelves to each frame, I spray painted them a few coats. Once done, I attached with my drill and screws into the pocket holes I created. Easy-peasy.
After that, I cut two pieces of beadboard for backing and attached using my nailer. I gave one of the shelves painted beadboard, while the other got wallpaper placed on the reverse side of the beadboard using wallpaper paste. To mount the shelves to the wall, I use keyhole hangers attached to the top back.
Ready to see my dynamic duo in action? I’m so eager to hear which one is your favorite. First is the gilded ornate frame in all its glory.
I’m smitten with the bold colors and excited that the blue paint was the perfect match. I used that same blue on this chest of drawers and love its regal feel.
The second repurposed picture frame shelf has a bit more subtle feel and the embossed wallpaper really adds the antique feel to it.
These shelves are nice because they’re deep enough to make a fun vignette, but not so deep that they intrude into your room.
So…I have to ask…which one strikes your fancy? Both work for most any room in the house: kitchen spice rack, bathroom for toiletries, bedroom display, or any room for any use. You can find both shelves available in my online shop (brown has SOLD)along with all of my other redeemed furniture, vintage finds, and handmade goods.
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Pamela K Brazier says
Awesome job Larissa. I have a few thrited frames I have been wanting to turn into shelves. You make it look so easy, maybe I’ll give it a try. I love the shelf with the wallpaper. ?
Thanks! They really are straightforward builds and look great when done. Thanks!
Betty Messer says
The second one is my favorite, but I love both of them. It is amazing how they transformed from just a random frame into a substantial piece. Awesome job Larissa and I can’t wait to see what you do to the piano bench!
I think that is mine too as it would fit in my home, but the blue is fun! 😀 I’m excited to share that too!
These are awesome, Larissa! I think the second is my favorite! 🙂 XOXO
Thanks, Christy! It’s mine too. Has that rustic edge to it.
Debra Wise says
These are so cute, Larissa! Such a great transformation!
Thank you, Debra. I had fun recreating them. 😀
Both are awesome but I like the second ones is best!
Thank you, Deb. That’s my favorite too. Happy to hear you like it.
wow! these are so pretty and useful too! You are so resourceful!
It’s kinda like an addiction. haha…thanks!
Ooooo, I like the blue one! A smaller version might be the very thing for my girl’s pretty teacup too. Now my other girl (who is snooping over my shoulder waiting for the computer to type her paper up) and I are having book envy too. Those are some GOOD ones!
Isn’t that blue fun! I just love the pop it adds against the gold. Love the Henty books! (we have a few…ahem)
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
These repurposed frames are so cool Larissa! I love the bold blue one!
Thanks, Jen! Blue is always a win with me. 😀
Love them both, but as I am a blue girl the gold and blue is my favourite!
You and me both. Blue is a favorite of mine for sure.
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
These are so darling and creative, Larissa! Great job!! xo
Thank you for the sweet words, Nancy. 😀
Kim Banko says
These are both, so fantastic! My favorite is the brown one. 🙂
I’m delighted to hear you think so, Kim. That one would fit best in my home too. Thanks!
Both look fantastic, but as a big fan of anything blue, & a one-time custom art framer, the blue wins! The built-in shelves with that beautiful shade of blue gives it a double-matted look, witch is always classy & cool.
That’s awesome I used to work in an art supply store that did custom framing. I so appreciate frames. Thanks!