Upcycle A Photo Collage Frame
I really love photo collage frames, but this one was just looking...outdated. The kids in those pictures are now in their 20s. I kept telling myself I'd take out the pictures and put them in another frame, but I never got around to it. (Story of my life.) Finally, when we moved, the glass broke. So I decided the time had come to do something else. I took out the pictures and put them in a box (more on that later!) and then decided that I could use a chalkboard instead. Here's how to upcycle a photo collage frame into a chalkboard. Difficulty: Almost none. In fact, it's so easy that I'd call it a kid craft.
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First, I took a little sandpaper and roughed up the shiny finish on the frame. Because it was pretty old, there wasn't much to rub off. However, making the surface a little rough helps the paint stick better.
Next, using a sponge paint brush, I coated the entire front of the frame in black acrylic paint. It was a last minute and rather unplanned project, so I only did one coat.
Here's what it looks like finished (don't mind my sweatshirt - #shortgirlproblems!)
I let it dry overnight. The next day, I decided that if I was going to use black chalkboard paper, this would be too much black. So I lightened it up with some eggshell acrylic paint. Originally, I wanted to sponge paint it, but I had no sp0nges. I opted for some Polyfill stuffing. Still with me? I told you it was easy to upcycle a photo collage frame!
It actually worked pretty well.
Next, I decided that it needed some grey, too.
I really liked the effect I got, though if I did it over, I'd add a little less grey I think.
Even with a little too much grey, I think it looks great as a whole.
My upcycled photo collage frame now has a sort of marbled effect to it.
While the paint dried (I actually left it overnight), I took the pressboard insert from the back of the collage photo frame and stuck some chalkboard paper to it.
This is the finished product on the wall - I thought it could use a little bit of color! Isn't it funny how a chalk board for things to remember sounds like such a great idea until you can't remember what it was you wanted to put on there?
So I got out my chalkboard markers and wrote something I try to remember every day - Believe in yourself. I can't think of a better thing to remember! (Literally.)
That's all there is to it! Other than having enough space in the room to grab a shot of the upcycled collage photo frame to chalkboard from afar - which I don't, I think it all went pretty smoothly!
I think I want to upcycle a photo collage frame into something else next time - it's yard sale season. I know I'll come across a ton of them! Any ideas?
What's your favorite upcycling project?
I love how you added the DIY marbled effect! It looks really good. I'd love to do this project!
I love this and my local thrift store has tons of frames on the cheap. I might do one for our kitchen and one for my sons room.
I think I have that very same frame! lol. I think it has pictures from before we had kids. I love a good DIY!
I like this idea. I could see putting it in the kitchen as a family message board, or near the main door to leave messages.