Don't Discard Your Old Picture Frames

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Do you have old picture frames gathering dust in your attic or basement? Or maybe you've found a beautiful frame at a yard sale or thrift store and you'd just love to turn it into a work of art? Well, this project is for you! I'm going to show you, step-by-step, how to revive your old or damaged picture frames.

I literally used two-way stick tape and an old picture frame to spruce up this outdated mirror in my bathroom.

One of the reasons I didn’t remove the mirror is because it is basically cemented to the wall.

When you remove these mirrors, it will pull the drywall off and then you will need to repair the wall. So, I came up with another alternative.

I had this old picture frame that fit perfectly over the mirror and the sink. If you don’t have one, you can find them in any thrift store or Goodwill.

I buy frames all the time even if I don’t like the picture. I just take the picture out and re-purpose the frame. Frames can be expensive at a frame shop so don’t throw away your old frames. There are so many things you can do with them.

All you have to do is buy a roll of two-way stick tape at any hardware store.

Cut the tape into strips and apply into the mirror. 

Then just remove the backing and stick the frame to the mirror.

I didn’t like the dark frame, so I painted it with white  chalk paint. That’s it. Super easy!

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3 questions
  • Linda Pierce
    on Jul 27, 2019

    Looks pretty, but does the steam and moisture of the bathroom make the taped frame fall off the wall?

  • Ilene
    on Jul 27, 2019

    Love this idea. Will the double stick tape come of the mirror if you want to take the frame down? Could you use Command Strips deigned for hanging pictures? Will have to purchase molding to do the project; no old frames big enough. Thank you.

    • Jane
      on Jul 29, 2019

      No old frames? Check thrift stores or Craigslist. Great deals are out there.

  • Tanya Voris
    on Aug 17, 2019

    How did you deal with the things that held the mirror up prior? Did you have to cut around them?

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  • Sharon Huneycutt Harris
    on Jul 28, 2019

    We took down our old mirrors and replaced with cheap chest of drawer mirrors we found at thrift stores. We bought mine (for double sink vanity) for $25 and my husband's for $20 (single sink vanity). We painted his black and kept mine the natural wood. Cheap replacement so shop those thrift stores!

  • Tammy
    on Jul 30, 2019

    I have a huge old lightweight frame in my garage that perfectly fits over my master bath mirror. Of course it's ugly and I know it needs to be painted but I wasn't sure how to hang it. Thank you so much for the helpful post!

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