Frame Make Over

8 Materials
2 Days

I picked up this frame at a junk store for $7.00. I wanted to make something different for my room I just gave a make over to. I like rustic and natural.
frame make over
I remove the glass and photo from the frame. Wire pliers is a good tool to remove the staples for the frame. Place a trash can close by to discard the staples.

frame make over
I removes the cloth around the frame. One side was already coming off that is why I decided to do this. I used a utility knife in the hard places where the material was caught under part of the frame.
frame make over
I sanded and cleaned the frame. I used a wire brush and mild soap water.

frame make over
I first painted the frame with a gray chalk paint. I allowed the paint to dry over night.
frame make over
I then added antiquing glaze in the to the frame wiping off the glaze in some places try to not make it to dark. I allowed to dry most of the day.
frame make over
While I was waiting for the glaze to dry I went out in the yard and cut unusual limps off trees in my back yard. I made sure they were a little longer than the frame so that I had plenty of limb to cut away when I need to trim away excess. remember you can cut away but not add to the limb.
frame make over
I took my heavy duty stapler and attached the limbs to the back of the frame. In some places I added a little hot glue for extra support.  Thin limbs may brake when using the staple gun so keep the hot glue handy.
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Here is what the back looks like. Don't forget to place something down so you will not scratch your frame you painted if you are working on a hard surface.
frame make over
Here is the end results of my frame make over. Easy, fun and be creative.
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  • Sherry Boyle
    on Mar 20, 2018

    Love this project. Just curious how it fits against the wall without the branches showing?

    • Itsmemic
      on Mar 27, 2018

      I like the look from the front..but like Sherry...wonder how it looks so far away from the wall? I think maybe I would try a shadow box?

  • Jacquese Culp
    on Apr 1, 2018

    I love rustic style. Would like a tiny house some day. I will remember this idea

    Wonder how it would look much larger? 5' X 6'.

  • Sharon
    on May 16, 2018

    Do you spray your tree branches with anything to keep themfrom cracking or from bugs coming out sharon s.

    • Heatherelzey
      on May 17, 2018

      Yes i sprayed with a clear coat. The branches came off live trees. That helps prevent bug issues.

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  • Poo10044636
    on Mar 24, 2018

    No Question..

    This is fantastic!

    I am a major fan of trees, limbs, leaves and anything of this nature. ( No pun intended).

    Thank you..

    Fabulous work.


  • Natalie Hancock
    on May 2, 2018

    I'm sorry, but is the glass back in the frame at the end of the project. I can't really tell. This turned out really awesome!

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