Thrift Shop Repurposed Frame Christmas Tree 2017

November 11, 2017

Last year I took a pile of thrift shop frames and created a Christmas project!
 The sizes were, measured from the outside edges, 12" x 10", 14" x 17", 17" x 24", and 5 3/4" x 7".

I painted two of the frames with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Amsterdam Green.  I had just purchased a tester pot to try this green for the first time.

The green was pretty dark.

But, after I wet distressed the paint with a damp terry rag, I liked the color, a lot. 

I painted one of the frames in an off white Dutch Boy Chalky Paint called Antiquated White.  The Dutch Boy paint is available at Menards.  

The tree trunk (bottom frame) was painted with Annie Sloan's new color Honfleur.  

I sealed the frames with a coat of Varathane water based matte poly.

I used National Hardware Corner Braces in the 1 1/2" and 2" sizes to connect my frames together from the back.

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree
My white wooden star is from Raz Imports, and was purchased at a local floral shop.  

I removed the eye screw and jute string and screwed it to the top frame.  A saw tooth hanger is attached to the top frame.

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree
I hung my new repurposed frame alternative Christmas tree on a door in my living room.

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree
This was how my thrift shop frames became a Christmas tree in 2016.

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree
Fast forward to 2017, after many readers suggested I add chicken wire to my frames, I took their advice.

I added 1/2" size chicken wire to the back with staples.

There was, however, a crimp in the plans.  One of the frames was an old plaster frame, and the staples chipped out pieces of plaster.  UGH!

I used spackling compound to fill the chipped out areas, and touched up the spots with my Annie Sloan Amsterdam Green paint.

I tried to lightly distress the newly painted areas, and then brushed on more Varathane water based poly. 

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree
 Here is my 2017 version of the frame tree.  The top frame was so small that I just tied a piece of jute around the sides of the frame.  

All photos are attached with clothespins.

Thrift Shop Picture Frame Christmas Tree
I think my readers were right!  The chicken wire was a great idea!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Oh how cute! What a great idea for Christmas cards!

  2. Super fun idea! I really like how you added the chicken wire and clothes pins, makes this the most adorable card display!

  3. What a fun way to display Christmas cards, and soooo cute!


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