A few months ago I picked up this tattered old frame from Goodwill, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but for $3.99 I figured I’d eventually find a use. So when I was walking through our garage the other day and noticed some shims in our stockpile of wood, I knew just what I wanted to do with the frame!
I’ve been meaning to add a little spring color to our home and planned to do just that by creating an upcycled wood shim frame!
To get started you’ll need just a few simple items:
Wood Shims or lath boards
I started by measuring the back of the frame, where the shims will later go.
Did you spy the Goodwill price tag I forgot to take off? Sometimes life is just too short to worry about removing price tags.
I cut the shims to length using a miter saw.
I did a quick dry fit to make sure everything lined up. Then got busy painting. I didn’t want a perfect paint job. So I’d paint, then brush a little water over it, then add a little white paint, until I achieved something I liked. I don’t even think you can technically call it whitewashing. But whatever you call it, I was pleased enough with the results.
While the shims were drying, I painted the frame white. Then when all the paint had dried, I ran a bead of wood glue on the back of the frame and inserted the shims.
You’ll want to put something heavy on the shim so it adheres nicely to the glue. I used sugar and flour from our pantry, but I’m confident you’ll come up with something a little more conventional.
When I was satisfied the glue had dried, I turned it over and whaddya know? New life for an old frame! And I finally have that touch of spring color in our home!
I love how versatile frames are! How have you used old frames?