Creating Gallery Wall Frames with Vintage Picture Frames

Creating Gallery Wall Frames with Vintage Picture Frames

I fell in love with the idea of a gallery wall filled with empty painting frames- vintage picture frames and painting frames that were ornate, antique, and unusual. So I decided to make my own version of gallery wall frames by upcycling some antique picture frames with some metallic spray paint

I spent some time gathering my gallery wall frames…picking ones I liked or seemed like a good price…and never gave it any thought on how they would all come together. Not that I’m advocating that entirely, but after playing around with them, I finally found a grouping I was happy with.

Vintage picture frames or painting frames to be upcycled into gallery wall frames for home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Cottonball has been framed!

Unlike many of the examples of these empty frame collages, I decided to paint my frames using three different, but complementary, colors (subtle metallics). This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling Vintage Picture Frames into Gallery Wall Frames

Metallic spray paints to be used on antique picture frames or painting frames for gallery wall frames by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The three contenders…

I decided to leave two of my vintage picture frames as they were- these old painting frames were each attractive in their own way and added a nice textural aberration within the grouping.

Using vintage picture frames for gallery wall frames for vintage home decor style by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

No paint job for this guy…

These gallery wall frames are perfect as-is, don’t you think? Plus, one is already a subtle metallic gold.

Ornate vintage picture frames and antique picture frames and painting frames for gallery wall home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And no paint for him, either!

Something to note- one of the vintage picture frames / painting frames was in rickety disrepair when I bought it. Well, several of them were- but nothing that a couple of small nails and hammer couldn’t fix. However, my smallest one was particularly banged up in the corners and chunks of wood completely missing.

But these imperfections were smoothed out by his paint job and gave him unusual character. So definitely don’t pass up the beat up and neglected antique picture frames for a project like this- not only can you likely haggle for a dirt cheap price, but they add authenticity to your collage (i.e., your frames didn’t come from a big box store).

Creating gallery wall frames from broken antique frames or painting frames or vintage picture frames by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rough life equals beautiful flaws…

Literally- chunks of my vintage picture frames were missing, as if someone had taken a bite out of these painting frames.

Using vintage picture frames or painting frames that are broken as part of my gallery wall frames by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All I see is character!

Arranging them on the wall was no easy feat- BUT I took my friends’ advice and traced each frame on newspaper, cut the tracings out, and taped (using painter’s tape!) to the wall where I wanted them hung. This allowed for subtle movement and perfecting the distance apart from each other.

My Gallery Wall Frames with Upcycled Vintage Picture Frames

And the end result? Definitely eye-catching and pride-worthy.

How to upcycle vintage picture frames and painting frames into gallery wall frames for easy home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love it- what a great way to fill up a large open wall.

So what do you think? Is a collage of empty frames in your décor future? And make sure you check out my other repurposed picture frame ideas here!

I also have this fantastic collection of upcycled picture frames chock full of upcycling ideas– time to run to the thrift store!

Project Ideas for upcycled and repurposed picture frames from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!

S

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How to Create Gallery Wall Frames with Upcycled Vintage Picture Frames and Painting Frames by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. They look great!! I’m going to definitely try to make it to FFF this year. I think I had something going on last year. I have a hard time passing up frames! Anytime I see a nice chunky wood frame or anything ornate, it comes home with me!

    • Kristi, you’d LOVE FFF and it’s down on your side of town. I’ve gone both years and am already looking forward to this year’s. Morning is best before all the good stuff is gone!

  2. Wow! Not only to I love the arrangement but those frames are just gorgeous! You have wonderful job on this gallery wall, well worth jumping on the bandwagon for!

  3. I have been collecting frames for a while. i started to paint mine and then ran out of paint. that project is on hold. you are right … Hardest part is the arrangement. Thanks for inspiring me to get back to it

  4. These look fantastic. The layout looks fabulous,

  5. A lovely grouping of frames! Thank you for sharing with Idea Box link party. Have a great weekend! – Cheers, Christy

  6. Love love love this, what a great idea! You so inspire me! I have such a long list of things I want to do from following your blog! Love that you join Making Memories Mondays to share your creations! 🙂
    Cathy

  7. Really nice arrangement! Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things. Hope you have a fabulous day!

  8. Your wall of frames looks great! I just posted about my stairway gallery wall and it is definitely work to put together a gallery wall.

  9. This looks really nice! I never would have thought to use empty frames as decor. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂

  10. I love your crafty ideas! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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