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Easy 15 Minute Frame Makeover

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Plain, tired old picture frame from Thrift Store.

Who doesn’t love a quick and easy project?   We’ll show you how to update a tired old picture frame in this Easy 15 Minute Frame Makeover.  Of course, the 15 minutes does not include the drying time. . .but still, 15 minutes of work to go from ugly to beautiful!  I purchased this ugly picture at a flea market recently for .25.   The picture was water damaged, but the frame had potential.

This frame and a few others that I picked up were added to my ‘To Do’ project list.   And there they sat for a couple of weeks until I was cleaning my son’s room one day and stumbled across a forgotten box of Mardi Gras beads.  I knew this is just what I needed for this frame makeover!

 

Mardi Gras beads and glue gun

Project Details:

I grabbed my hot glue gun and pulled out some white beads from the box.  This was no easy task as they were in quite a tangle.  Probably took me longer to separate out the beads I needed than to complete this project.

Waverly Chalk Paint

From my paint stash, I choose two bottles of chalk paint and a couple of paint brushes.

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

Working in 3 inch sections at a time, I ran a bead of hot glue and attached the beads.  I used slightly less than two strands of beads for this frame.

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

Next, using my hot glue gun, I quickly drew some ‘s’ swirls around the edges.  They aren’t perfect, but then, neither am I.  Shhhh . . .don’t tell my husband.    I was more than okay with how they turned out.

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.
Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

I gave the frame a quick coat of paint using the Chalk paint.

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

The frame was looking pretty good and would have been fine to leave it at this point, but I wanted to try a little bit of distressing.

Using the other Chalk paint, I took a small paint brush, dipped it in the paint and them rubbed some of the paint off and then very lightly went around the frame adding a touch of the color.

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

 

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

I love how this turned out!  And it was so quick and very easy!  I think it took me longer to put this post together than it did to complete this project.

Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.
Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.
Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.
Thrift store frame goes from plain and dated to beautiful in 15 minutes. A few strands of Mardi Gras beads, hot glue gun and craft paint are all you need.

And there you have it.  15 minutes from ugly to beautiful!   What do you think?

 

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24 Comment

  1. Lisa Cestkowski
    August 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Looks great!

    1. Laurie
      August 23, 2015 at 1:22 am

      Thanks Lisa!

  2. Beverly Roderick
    August 22, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    You know I love a good frame makeover! This is so pretty! I love the swirls and the distressing. What a great way to dress up a .25 cent frame!

    1. Laurie
      August 23, 2015 at 1:24 am

      I needed a quick project because I've been a project slacker lately and this one fit the bill. I'm pleased with how it turned out and more important, it looks great on the wall 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend!

  3. Beverly Roderick
    August 23, 2015 at 3:07 am

    It was very creative of you! Sometimes simple projects turn out best! So glad that you shared this on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    1. Laurie
      August 23, 2015 at 3:38 am

      I always enjoy being a part of Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  4. Goodness!! What a wonderful idea!! And one that I would have never thought of!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!
    Thanks too for dropping by!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

    1. Laurie
      August 23, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Thanks Deb! I appreciate your comment and the visit! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. Kimberlee Gibson
    August 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Great project – really like how it looks with that chalk paint.

    1. Laurie
      August 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks so much Kimberlee!

  6. Cheryl Long
    August 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    This is a great project! The beads are a wonderful idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Laurie
      August 25, 2015 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you Cheryl! Amazing what a few beads and paint can do 🙂 Have a great week!

  7. Evija Roberts
    August 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Lovely idea and the finished frame looks lovely! Thank you for sharing with OMHG Wordless Wednesday Link Party. Co-host Evija, From Evija with Love xx

    1. Laurie
      August 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Evija! I always enjoy being a part of OMHG Wordless Wednesday! Have a great week!

  8. Karen @ karensuponthehill
    August 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    Laurie, this is so pretty and clever! I never would have thought to add the beads and they look terrific!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!
    Karen

    1. Laurie
      August 27, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Thank you Karen! I always enjoy being a part of Something To Talk About! Have a great week!

  9. Life Redesign 101
    August 27, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Love, love love! I love "pearls" on anything. I have a closet full of old frames- and more than a few Mardi gras beads laying around. I would have never thought of this!

    1. Laurie
      August 27, 2015 at 1:37 pm

      Thank you! This is such an easy way to add elegance to any picture frame! Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave me a comment!

  10. Ash and Crafts
    August 27, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Very pretty! I love the way it came out. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you'll join us again next week! Sharing your post on Twitter!

    1. Laurie
      August 27, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you! I always enjoy linking up to Merry Monday!

  11. Kimberly Lewis
    August 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Loving this! You are so talented. Thanks for sharing this at our party. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to party with you again! Lou Lou Girls

    1. Laurie
      August 30, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Thanks Kimberly! Love to party with the Lou Lou Girls!

  12. Winnie
    December 3, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    It looks FANTASTIC !!
    You are very creative 🙂 Not a chance I could do this, so I'm just jealous …:)

    1. Laurie
      December 5, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      Winnie, I'm sure you could, but I have to say I feel the same way about all your wonderful recipes! Thanks for stopping by!

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