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I literally used two-way stick tape and an old picture frame to spruce up this outdated mirror in my bathroom.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

  • Tanya Voris 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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  • Cheryl Phan Cheryl Phan on Aug 13, 2020

    That a great idea. Plus, when you move you can take it with you. I have a weekly blog if you're interested in more DIY projects. Here's the link Blessings Cheryl

  • Pat Pat on Aug 13, 2020

    Love the idea of sturdy double sided tape. I m going to frame mind and glue on small stone/pepples and the tape idea is perfect. I like that u had a frame inside a frame, classy.