I have been working on making a bunch of new decor for my home.  One of my design challenges that I set for myself was to incorporate at least one item in each project that is from a flea market, thrift store, or an item that is packed away in my mess of a cellar.  Basically, I wanted to reuse and old item that would otherwise have been thrown away.  It has been a fun way to breath new life into many old items and also has helped me clean out the cellar a bit. Which is always a pro!

So for this little project, I took two old wooden picture frames that I had packed away in the cellar and turned them into a cute art piece for the wall.


Materials Needed:
  • 2 – 4×6 Wooden picture frames
  • 1 piece of rectangular cut wood
  • 1 piece of thin rope about 8 inches long (the length is dependent on the size of the rectangular piece of wood)
  • 2 small 1/4 inch self drilling screws
  • Interior Antique stain (I used the color “Aqua”)
  • Chalk Paint (I used the color “Ocean”)
  • 2 – 1 inch paint brushes (I used synthetic bristles)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Chalk Paint (White)
  • 1 Sponge Dabber
  • Stencil Sheet
  • 220 grit sandpaper


  1. Take some wood (preferably light and thin) and give it a light sanding using the 220 grit sandpaper.
  2. Next, take the white chalk paint and paint both sides of the wood.
  3. Let it dry fully.
  4. While that is drying, take the two picture frames and remove the backing and glass, so that all you have remaining is the actually wooden frame.
  5. Lightly sand down the wooden picture frames.
  6. Next, take the “Ocean” color chalk paint and paint the picture frames.
  7. Put those aside and let those dry fully.
  8. Go back to the wooden rectangle and using your 220 grit sandpaper to distress the white chalk paint to your liking.
  9. Once the white chalk paint has been distressed, you want to take the Antique Aqua stain and go over the white distressed chalk paint. Stain both the front and back. There is no need to wipe the stain with a rag. You want it to soak in and appear very saturated.
  10. Put this aside and let it dry fully.
  11. Once everything has dried, take the picture frames and dry fit them in the positions you want. 
  12. With a pencil, lightly outline where the frames will lay.
  13. Figure out where the center of the frames are.  This is where you will place you stencil.
  14. Take your stencil sheet and place it in the middle of where the picture frame will sit. Then take your sponge dabber and load it up with some white chalk paint and lightly dab it over the stencil, until the stencil space is fully covered.
  15. Let the paint dry for 60 seconds before removing the stencil sheet.
  16. Let this dry fully.
  17. Once dry, take your picture frames and place them back in the position that you dry fitted them too. Hot glue them down.
  18. Next, take your thin rope and position the ends where you would like them on the back side of the wood. 
  19. Take a self drilling screw and screw it through the rope into the wood. 
  20. Once this is done you will have a means to hang the art piece.
  21. Find a beautiful spot in your home to hang and Enjoy!


This item is now available for sale in my Etsy shop. Click Here!

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