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Upcycled Frame with DIY Embossing

When you’re out garage sailing, perusing the thrift store, or even shopping Curb le Chic for #trashure, one thing is for sure: if it’s wooden, it has potential to be something more. Take a peek at this vintage goodies below. This dear oldie, but goodies is up for an upcycled frame makeover, don’t you think?

Thrifted Frame Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I’m not sure what was originally in this frame, but I’m assuming it was a bit of country art or maybe embroidery. However, this time around, I’m giving it a new look and feel. These types of upcycles are what are own homes unique and tell its own story. So, find your own frame to recreate and make with your own vibe as we go along. Feel free to send me your upcycled frame projects too!

DIY TIME

First, I get into my scrap pile and pull out a sheet of luan. Luan is one of those things I keep on hand regularly – that and hardboard. Both are perfect for filling in frames and creating art. I measure and cut with my jigsaw.

Cutting Luan for Upcycled Frame Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Then, using this grain sack stencil and spackling, I create an embossed effect. I first used it a few years ago on this furniture makeover of a jewelry armoire, and have been hooked ever since. You can see the technique in my DIY video tutorial below.

DIY Embossing Vintage Shelf Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition, you can use a glue gun to do a different style of embossing as well. You can see what I am talking about HERE. Using any stencil you want, just tape it down, and use a putty knife to fill the stencil gently with spackling.

Applying Spackling to Stencil for Upcycled Frame Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Next, carefully lift the stencil and take a look at the fun you created. Isn’t it so neat?!

Spackling Stencil for DIY Embossing Technique by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

While my spackling cures, I paint the frame with a soft antique white and let it cure as well.

Painting Upcycled Frame with Antique White | prodigalpieces.com

However, before I assemble the pieces, I want to make the embossing art match the frame. Using a reactive stain, I apply and let cure. Note, when applying a stain or paint to the embossing, make sure you work very quickly so that you don’t let the spackling get too moist. You risk the chance of smearing it, and we don’t want to ruin your fun.

Stained DIY Embossing by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Last, it’s time to assemble. My favorite tool for this is my Logan Point Driver. It’s much like a stapler and does the trick beautifully. Just pop them in and you’re done.

Logan Point Driver to Assemble Upcycled Frame by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Before I call it quits, I apply one more coat of paint the frame and one coat to the embossing art. Then, I use a dark wax to highlight it all.

THE REVEAL

Here’s my little upcycled frame all dressed up and ready to go for many more years. Whatcha think?

Faux Grain Sack Wall Art with DIY Embossing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #crafts #home #farmhouse #homedecor

DIY Embossing Art Using a Stencil by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #homedecor #embossing

A little bit of rustic paired with a little bit of chic – right up my alley, I’d say. tee hee! Can you see the raised texture effect?

DIY Stencil Embossing with Video Tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #emboss #crafts #art

DIY Upcycled Frame Art with Faux Grain Sack Embossing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #art #diy #emboss

If you’d like to make this part of your own home story, you can find this and more available in my online shop.

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Farmhouse Chic Wall Art from Upcycled Frame with DIY Embossing by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #chic #wallart

Upcycled Frame Turned DIY farmhouse Wall Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #art

Oh, in addition, do pin and share so others can have fun with this too. Yahoo!

Grab that vintage frame and upcycle it with DIY embossing | Video tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #tutorial #crafts

Up next, it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time! I’m eager to share with you my latest inspiration refashioning a tank top. Come see HERE!

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Also, more fun makeovers like this upcycled frame:

Check out this thrifted medicine cabinet makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces. This pair looks like night and day compared to their original look. Easy DIY steps to recreate your home decor at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #farmhouse #diyHow cute!! This upcycled quilt rack was turned into a woodland treehouse playset with accessories. Fun created by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #kids #toys #playtime #handmade

Comments

  1. Carol says

    Love this makeover and I happen to have this exact piece!!! Mine has a mirror in it.

    • Larissa says

      Awesome! I surely thought no one would put a cardboard backing on a mirror, but I was wrong. haha!

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    I never knew embossing could be done this way!! You are always teaching me something new!!!! Thank you!!! 😊

  3. SONJA HANSEN says

    You always come through with a great transformation. Now you have me thinking about you I have that is in a more Mediterranean style, but my thinking cap is on. Thanks for the inspiration to keep saving what may be headed to the landfill.

  4. Marie - Interior Frugalista says

    Love the embossing, especially how you used the reactive stain on it. Love this trash to treasure upcycle, Larissa. So much rustic charm now!

    • Larissa says

      It sure beats the original mirror, me thinks. tee hee! Thank you, Marie!

  5. susan says

    You just set my creative juices flowing 😁. Love this embossing!

    • Larissa says

      That’s the spirit, Susan! The options really are limitless with this method.

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