Y’all know how much I love thrifting and picking, right!?! It’s always a rush when I find something a little unique, like these shadow box frames. I buy and paint LOTS of old wood frames but I’d never seen anything quite like these. They’re solid wood with that 1960s look to them. The prints are attached to a wood back. I found them marked $5.00 each on a half price day! So I only paid $5.00 for both of them.
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- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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Shadow Box Frames
- 2 old shadow box frames from the thrift store
- chalk type paint
- paint brushes
Here’s a better look at the back of the frames. Pretty deep for the size, right?
I used some of the last of my CeCe Caldwell’s vintage white chalk-type paint for this DIY project so NO prep work. I just cleaned the frames good before slapping on a couple of coats of paint.
CeCe’s paint wet distresses really well so I added a little detail. Here you can see the difference between the wet distressed frame in front and the one behind before I distressed it.
When that was dry I covered them both with a coat of polycrylic. (I’m not a fan of CeCe’s wax… I know people who love it, but I just can’t get the hang of it.)
Then I searched our house for a place to hang these and something to display in them.
Now Bikeman and both my sons-in-law like to go picking with us. But they search out much more “manly” antiques than we do. Estate pipes are one of the top things on their list! They like to find old, inexpensive ones that are in bad shape, clean them up, and repair them. These bring back good memories for Bikeman. His uncle always smoked a pipe. Plus, the guys get to build new memories sitting out on the patio working on their pipes!
Maybe someday I’ll share more of their “manly” antique finds with you. But today you just get to see one of the estate pipes.
BTW, my son-in-law also carved the pipe holder for Bikeman!
Here’s one of the finished shadow box frames hanging above his desk, which is tucked under our open staircase. (BTW, that wall is next on our list to be painted! Let me know your favorite white paint. It needs to be a little brighter in here.)
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Thanks for reading! Leave a comment and let me know what you think I should display in my other frame.
‘Til the next project,