DIY Chunky Photo Frame – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 3

I have picture frames up the wazoo!

Seriously, I must have more than three or four dozen wood frames packed in boxes…

In the garage,

In the basement,

In my craft closet,

In my blanket chest…

Nope. There aren’t any blankets in it. Just picture frames.

Some day I will paint that blanket chest with chalk paint and actually use it for blankets.
When you raise 15 kids like we did and tote a camera around with you 24/7, your house easily turns into a virtual scrapbook.
Now we are empty nesters (yay for us!) and have downsized.
So I have to justify keeping all my frames and not just “Give them all away to Goodwill to be rid of them.” (That solution was courtesy of my DH.)

I’ve been on a mission to justify my frame hoarding and have come up with some re-purposing DIY projects.

I’m in process of trying out some of the ideas I featured on my first DIY Picture Frame post in this series.
Check out my first two posts in this series DIY Projects to Upcycle Old Picture Frames and DIY Framed Wire Tool Hanger.

Let’s face it. You can’t sell picture frames at consignment stores or garage sales for more than a buck.

So they stay boxed up waiting for someone to rescue them. You can’t even give them away because everyone else has picture frames up the wazoo too.
I found a 5×7 chunky frame for $1.50 to pair up with an old 8×10 frame.

I know. I just told you I have an over abundance of frames…

but this project has been calling to me for a while.

Now that I have found that illusive chunky frame I can do it.

My DH glued the frames together for me.

After sanding it a bit to roughen up the finish, I spray spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint, Satin Heirloom White.

The grain shows through the paint if you paint it sparingly.
Seeing the grain of the wood gives depth.

Another option for paint could be chalk paint. If you’d prefer to use a DIY version I’ll send you my PDF via email of 4 Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes:
4 Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes {Love My DIY Home}

“It takes half your life before you discover life is a do-it-yourself project”

~ Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970)
Here are links to the Upcycling Picture Frames series:
What have you painted to give a new face to an old piece of decor?

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24 thoughts on “DIY Chunky Photo Frame – Re-purpose Old Picture Frames Part 3”

  1. What a great idea to put the frames together! It looks very expensive! You are so talented my friend!! I am going to see if I have some that would go together.

  2. Great idea!  Could you use like a shadow box?  I have a large sand dollar that was my Mom's that I'd like to put in a frame, but most aren't deep enough.

    • @Linda, I actually thought it would make a great shadow box – better than a normal one since it’s very chic! And btw, I like the subject of my picture too!

  3. Hey there!


    I just wanted to let you know that one of our co-hosts at The PINcentive Blog Hop chose this post as a winner, so CONGRATULATIONS!  What a fabulous idea to layer picture frames on each other and paint; very unique :o)  I really can't wait to try my own!  As a winner, I'd love to feature this post at our next hop and it will be pinned a minimum of 31 times by my team of pinners! Additionally, we'd love to have you co-host our next hop and choose our winner. It's a great opportunity to make new friends and increase your following. You are also entitle to priority seating at our next hop which means I will add the URL of the post you'd like to link up manually :o) 


    I hope you are as excited as we are! Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience. Since I'm working under a rather tight deadline, your timely response would be greatly appreciated! If you decide to co-host, I'd need your 3 preferred methods you'd like blog hop participants to follow you and the URL of the post you'd like to link up this week.


    Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you!  Happy Friday!



  4. What a great idea to put two frames together!!  That's one I hadn't thought of!!  I will be on the lookout for some frames to do this with – love the look!

  5. I've never thought to put two frames together either, Val!  Great idea!  I'm just the opposite of you though!  I can never find a picture frame when I need one!  I may have to come over and take a few off your hands!  LOL! 🙂

  6. I have an addiction to frames too–good to see I'm not the only one!  I LOVE how you attached the two frames together–it looks so pretty and unique.  Hmmm….maybe I'll have to do this with all those frames I can't get rid of 🙂

  7. I would like directions on how to do the chunky picture frame. I am very new to creating things so I need very detailed instructions(LOL) .


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