Thrift store DIY project frame

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Giving a fresh life to a thrift store DIY project frame. Did you have an unseen playmate? My unseen playmate didn’t wear a yellow dress…

thrift store diy project frame

and shouldn’t be in a yellow frame.

thrift store diy project frame before

This is the help to refresh those thrift store frames. Plus, a chance to remember those unseen childhood friends. Did you have one? Did your dad make an extra grilled cheese sandwich for your unseen playmate too?

It’s proper that I found this frame in a thrift store in my hometown. My unseen playmate lived in the same hometown. I paid a whopping 15 cents for the frame. The frame caught I eye but the story is what sold me.

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What’s wrong with yellow?

Our first five years in our home every wall was yellow. Every wall ceiling, closet, and even the garage. I’m done with yellow, even on a frame.

thrift store diy project frame the unseen playmate

Here are the steps to refresh thrift store frames

  • Remove the backing, print, and glass.
  • Wash the glass.  In my case, the glass was actually plexiglass. So I cut an 8 by 10 piece from glass from a large broken frame.
  • Clean the glass.  I like to use dish soap and a sponge.  The dry with a lint-free tea towel.
  • Then sand with 220 grit to remove any shine.  Clean the sanding dust from the frame.  Let dry.
  • Paint.  I used chalk-based paint, so I didn’t do step 4.  Then, I chose to use a damp paper towel to distress the paint with a light touch.  Can’t have too much yellow showing through!
  • Reinsert the glass in the frame.
  • Reinsert or add your new printable.  Tip for miscue cutting off the page or printable. Use double stick tape to hold the print in the center of the backing.  I had to do this with my unseen playmate.
  • Then insert the backing
  • Use glazing push pins to hold everything in place.
  • Add a sawtooth hanger or picture hanging wire if needed. I used the wire that was on the frame.  It’s handy to have a stocked picture hanging kit around the house if you do several thrift store frames.

thrift store diy project frame closeup

I Googled “The unseen playmate” and learned Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) was the author.  He wrote a collection of verses published in 1885 called, “A Child’s Garden of Verses.”

thrift store diy project frame tips

I still have an unseen playmate.

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So basically, an unseen playmate.

She never wears a yellow dress.

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