DIY Project. Upcycle Your Old Frame Into Trendy Bookshelf.

5 Materials
24 Hours

I had this project in my mind for a few months but I couldn’t find good frame anywhere. I was visiting my local second-hand store almost every day… I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a new frame so used one was the best option for me. And one day I found what I was looking for 😊
Step 1 - Gold color was wonderful but didn’t match my space so I decided to change it to silver. I put two coats of Annie Sloan Graphite chalk paint.
Step 2 – I put silver Pebeo gilding wax on my frame. I start with a little amount of it as it is very efficient. 
Step 3 – I polished it with 600 grit sand paper. Thanks to this you can see wood structure on my frame. 
Step 4 – My husband (handy man) build a shelf. He used for it melamine boards from Home Depot.
Step 5 -  We glued frame to shelf using “No More Nails” glue from Home Depot 
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2 questions
  • Joy Bennett
    on Jan 21, 2018

    looks great. How did you mount it to the wall? And is it just open on the sides?
  • Sherry
    on Jan 21, 2018

    Confused. Is the shelf (bookcase) sticking out from the wall or is it built into the wall?
    • Ellen
      on Feb 4, 2018

      It looks like it sticks out, however, I think this is a great idea for a flat against the wall built-in shelf unit (or for a recessed shelving unit you can make yourself -if you own the place...not okay for renters!). Also if you use command strips to adhere to the shelving unit, you can trade out frames when you want.

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  • Frances
    on Jan 4, 2019

    It loooks as though the shelf sits inside the wall which to me would look even better! Not saying it’s not nice,,, it’s gorgeous and a lovely piece!

  • Janice
    on May 10, 2020

    Love the colors. Great use of a frame. Gave me some ideas on what to do with my Shadow box.

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