Sunday, October 9, 2011

Empty Picture Frame Wall Collage

My latest project is to make a collage from empty picture frames.  I have a space on my bedroom wall that I think will be just perfect for it, so of course I had to start researching some ideas to get inspiration.  Here are some pictures that inspired me:

The first one is very close to what I am thinking of doing since my bedroom walls are a soft sage green color.  I planned on having all my frames in antique white, in different shapes and sizes.  The criteria for the frames was that they had to have a vintage feel to them, have a variety of interesting patterns  and they had to be frames that I already owned, purchased from garage sales, discount stores, or even better- curbside finds.  The more inexpensive, the better.  I didn't care what color or material they were made from, as I was going to spray paint them all the same color - Heirloom White.

I started  by going through my own large collection of frames and choosing the ones that I thought were the most interesting.  The next step was to make frequent visits to Value Village , Salvation Army and Goodwill stores.  Most of the frames I found were from $1.00 to $5.00.  Some had mirrors in them which I removed, and some had tacky art-work - but I was able to look past this and see their potential.

Here's some of  my hodge-podge collection of frames before spray painting

And after spray-painting......

Once I had all my frames, I removed all the backing material from them, and laid them out on a tarp.  I decided to  do a chippy paint look on them, so that some of the gold would show through after sanding.  I rubbed a plain white candle in random areas on each frame, and on the edges, as well as anywhere there was a raised decorative detail.  Then I sprayed all the frames with Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint. When the frames where completely dry ( at least overnight)  I sanded or scratched the paint off the areas that I had rubbed with wax.  The wax makes it really easy to  remove the paint and show some gold , without sanding off the underlying gold colour.

When all my frames were done, I laid a bath towel down on my dining room table.  I made sure the towel was the approximate size of the area on my wall that I was hanging the collage.  Then I began experimenting with different layouts.  I kept rearranging the frames until I was happy with the arrangement.  Then it was onto the wall to hang and admire.

Here's the finished product:                                         

I'm pretty happy with the result, but I think I would have used a few more larger frames if I could have found some that I liked in my $5.00 per frame budget.  The good thing about this project is that I can easily change up a few of the frames, or add more if  I want.

Hope you like the result.  Until next time.


  1. Hi Armelle~
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    and presentation..
    and your charming home..
    think I'll just become a follower..
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    pop by for a visit..
    love company!!
    warmest hugs..
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  2. Very pretty, love the white frames.

  3. Love your inspiration photos and how your collection turned out!

  4. Attaching various frames is totally unique idea. Your photographs are best for inspiration. I really wonder to watch how your collection turned out.
    rc jets

  5. Great way to use up all those frames, stunning!

  6. I really like this look. You found some great frames too. I'm always on the look out for good frames. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  7. I am always looking for pretty frames to paint a matching white so I love this. You found beautiful frames! I always want to do empty frames too but being I am a photographer too I always end up putting a photo in them.

  8. Your frames look so pretty.

    You’ve been featured. Check it out.

    Cheri from Its So Very Cheri

  9. I love the frames. I like that they don't have pictures in them. That just makes the room more unique by showcasing more of the beauty of the frame itself.

    -Zane of ontario honey

  10. Just found your blog when searching for info on chaulk paint and gesso . Now your newest follower. Love the frames


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