Haunted House Décor with an Upcycled Picture Frame

Haunted House Décor with an Upcycled Picture Frame

When I first spotted this piece at Goodwill, it had been casually left in a basket of scarves and belts, as if the originally buyer had changed her/his mind. And as soon as I saw it, I thought, “Oh, look- a haunted house picture frame!”. But upon further inspection, I realized it was just an aging Victorian house picture frame.

But a picture frame that could BECOME haunted house décor…

Vintage plastic Victorian house picture frame to be upcycled into haunted house picture frame Halloween craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

DEFINITELY Halloween possibilities here…

Once I realized that, then I knew I WANTED it to become a haunted house picture frame- and then I was torn. Do I paint it or do I leave it alone?

Sometimes, the treasure needs to tell ME what to do. So, I disassembled what I could (the backing, the fading stock photo insert, etc.) to get a better look at things. From there, I realized that the whole thing just looked dirty and that painting it was the best way to go. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Preparing to paint thrift store Victorian house picture frame to repurpose into DIY Halloween decor craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Taking it apart…

I could have spray painted it black, but I didn’t want to accidentally over spray and lose some of the details of the frame with pooled up paint. Instead, I bought a sample of black latex (semi-gloss) and brush painted the frame, ultimately doing two coats.

Hand painting upcycled frame to transform into haunted house picture frame for easy Halloween decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Brush > Spray today!

And while I suppose I could have stopped here, I wanted to embellish it even further, and I’m DEFINITELY on a “shimmer without glitter” kick. I thought purple would look magnificent against the black AND be perfectly Halloween-ish. This purple lustre wax was exactly what I needed/wanted.

Adding metallic lustre in majestic purple to upcycled haunted house picture frame by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

This looks promising!

Adding metallic lustre in majestic purple to upcycled haunted house picture frame by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhhhh, that’s purty…!

Using my fingertip and a paper towel to buff, I smudged purple wax on the dormer windows and decorative dots.

Adding purple shimmer to DIY haunted house decor with upcycled picture frame for Halloween decorations by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just some purple highlights here and there…

But it still needed something else!

Thankfully, I had tons of copper wax leftover from this faux oxidized copper project and thought it would add the perfect touch of “orange”. So, I again used my finger tip and touched copper wax on the porch spindles and door columns.

Using Metallic Lustre wax and Rub n Buff wax on DIY haunted house decor for Halloween decorating with repurposed picture frame by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and some coppery orange for contrast…

When all was said and done, this is what my haunted house decor picture frame looked like!

Creating a haunted house picture frame using an upcycled frame from the thrift store for easy Halloween craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fun and Halloween-y!

Now it was time to focus on filling the frame with Halloween images. Because I love vintage Halloween postcards, I decided to use their likeness (in the form of scanned/printed versions- I would never cut up actual vintage postcards!) to fill my haunted house picture decor frame.

To do this, I needed to recreate the original stock photo cardboard insert. I didn’t have any tracing paper and thought it would be silly to buy some, just for this project. My workaround? White parchment paper, which I almost always have in my pantry.

Using printed vintage Halloween postcards to fill a DIY haunted house picture frame Halloween craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Time to fill my haunted house!

I also traced the entire cardboard insert on a piece of white card stock from the craft store. Then, I cut out the parchment paper tracings, matched them to printed postcard scans, and recreated the cardboard insert by fixing my cutouts to the card stock with double-sided tape.

Using printed vintage Halloween postcards to fill a DIY haunted house picture frame Halloween craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just like the stock photo insert

And that was it- I had a quirky little haunted house picture frame, ready to use in my Halloween decorating!

Creating fun haunted house decor for Halloween decorating with an upcycled haunted house picture frame from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So cute and fun for Halloween!

I love that it’s not really spooky at all- and because I have next to no authentic vintage Halloween treasures (rare and EXPENSIVE!), this touches on that same old-style look.

Upcycling a vintage Victorian house picture frame into haunted house decor for easy Halloween decorating by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Boo!

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And BONUS- it’s Thrift Store Décor Team day, which means some of the best upcycling bloggers on the planet all have new projects to share today. Click on the links beneath the collage to see the “afters”!

Thrift store decor team projects October 2018

1. Iron Look Lamp Makeover

2. Stained Apple Bucket

3. Farmhouse Style Serving Tray

4. Repurposed Oil Can Pumpkin

5. Halloween Haunted House Decor (that’s mine! You’re already here.)

6. Repurposed Shutter Magazine Rack

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I think the biggest takeaway from my Haunted House Decor project is how amazing that purple wax looks against black paint! I just want to “shimmer all the things” now…so fun and festive for Halloween decorating around the house.

Speaking of which, don’t forget to peruse my entire collection of upcycled Halloween projects here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Great makeover!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

  2. indianakathy says:

    This is a cute cute cute idea for photos of my boys when they were little goblins! Thank you for sharing this – I’m going to start looking. Fun idea! Excellent idea for grandparents for their grandchildren as well

  3. You are so creative. Love the haunted house picture frame.

  4. Your haunted house is adorable! I didn’t even know that stuff came in purple. Too cool!

  5. Rita Corblies says:

    Your imagination is amazing…but I’m not surprised. You always make something beautiful/fun out of something that somebody else discarded. Love it….

  6. Robyn Wright says:

    I want to start thrifting with you! You get some of the BEST things! I love this!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, thank you, Robyn!! It helps to go as often as I do and to go on thrifting road trips. Doing another adventure tomorrow, so wish me good treasure hunting luck!

  7. Great job Sadie. so perfect for Halloween.
    HAPPY HALLOWEEN
    Marion

  8. What a good idea. Thank You for sharing.
    TRICK OR TREAT
    Marilyn

  9. What a great makeover & I want to check out that purple wax!

  10. Amazing find! And very clever repurpose project.

  11. Sarah,

    That’s the perfect frame for Halloween! You really had a vision, didn’t you?

    pinned!
    gail

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Gail!! It’s such a naturally creepy frame, I can’t imagine NOT using it for Halloween, LOL.

  12. This is so cute and clever!

  13. What a great thrift store find! You made it into a fantastic decoration! I have a plastic doll house from a thrift store that is painted black and decorated with cheese cloth curtains, paints,etc.

  14. L O V E the transformation!
    Theresa

  15. Such a cute idea, there’s an ad running in between every paragraph of a woman lying down under a blanket and it looks like you are resting after each step of the project, heeee.

  16. This is so creative and spooktakular!!! You are so creative!!!

  17. I have one of these that I painted white. I like your version much better!

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