30+ Upcycling Ideas for Cheap Frames / Picture Frames from the Thrift Store

30+ Upcycling Ideas for Cheap Frames / Picture Frames from the Thrift Store

Few things in life are certain, but this one is: step into any thrift store in any town, and you will find a plethora of picture frames. Why so many end up donated to thrifts, I’ll never know. But the good news is that cheap frames are positively FULL of repurposing an upcycling potential.Read more ›

Framed Cork Board and Cute Office Decor with Vintage Picture Frames

Framed Cork Board and Cute Office Decor with Vintage Picture Frames

I was cleaning up my Craft Room a bit and found some cork board sheets I had snagged on a thrifting adventure in the past. I was about to put them in the “re-donate” pile (which I am CONSTANTLY adding to)…but thought better of it. If I found the perfect vintage picture frames, I could combine them into a framed cork board (or two) to use as cute office decor!Read more ›

Steampunk Decor from a Multi Photo Frame

Steampunk Decor from a Multi Photo Frame

I found an unusual and unique multi photo frame on a recent thrifting adventure. Right off the bat, it reminded me of a vintage pocket watch – the kind with multiple watch faces keeping time. Of course, when the cashier remarked how unique the frame was and I mentioned the pocket watch familiarity that I was feeling, she looked at me like I was crazy. But that’s ok- I’m used to that by now. All I knew was that it was destined to become steampunk decor!Read more ›

Antique Picture Frames as Easter Egg Decor

Antique Picture Frames as Easter Egg Decor

I can’t quite explain why I love vintage antique picture frames so much…but I just DO! And when I see them in thrift shops, I snap them up, no questions asked. While brainstorming for new project ideas (by tidying up my Craft Room), I realized something: Oval picture frames look a little like Easter eggs. So I decided to upcycle some of my antique frames into Easter decor / Easter egg decor!

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Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

Wall of Wisdom: Vintage Motto Sampler Gallery

So…obviously, this isn’t exactly a project, per se. But it’s an idea that has been slumbering in my mind for a long time now, and I finally set aside the time to put it together. It all started with a large open wall in our bedroom…and a vintage motto sampler…that led to another sampler…and another sampler after that.Read more ›

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Displaying Vintage Christmas Cards in an Upcycled Multi Photo Frame

Back in January of this year, I was thrifting at my local Habitat ReStore and spotted a rotating multi photo frame that was in excellent condition. I was fresh off a Christmas high, with several “coulda, shoulda, woulda” holiday project ideas bouncing around in my head. But it was January and time to move on, right?

Nope. I put the frame in my cart and filed away this Christmas idea for a later time…and finally, FINALLY, that time is now. I would use it to display vintage Christmas cards or vintage Christmas postcards!Read more ›

Decorating a Country Kitchen with Vintage Seed Packets

Decorating a Country Kitchen with Vintage Seed Packets

Country kitchen decor isn’t really my style, but I can’t help admitting that vintage seed packets are little works of art that would work PERFECTLY in that capacity. I kept buying little seed envelopes and decided to temporarily frame some as an ode to a country kitchen or farmhouse kitchen. Albeit, not MODERN farmhouse kitchen, but the classic retro kitchen of days gone by.
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Framed Wall Art for a Craft Room using Vintage Sewing Patterns

Framed Wall Art for a Craft Room using Vintage Sewing Patterns

Whenever I’m in a thrift store and I see a box or bin full of old sewing patterns, I can’t help but paw through them. Usually, I find regrettable patterns for 1980s-era garb, but every now and again, I find wonderful vintage sewing patterns that would be perfectly upcycled into framed wall art – perfect for craft room decor or sewing room decor.Read more ›

Table Clock from Classic Board Games for a Play Room / Game Room

Table Clock from Classic Board Games for a Play Room / Game Room

Since my husband is a game-junkie, and I’ve reached the peer group that appreciates nostalgic toys, there are always an abundance of classic board games in our house. I love the colorful game boards and wanted to upcycle one into a table clock or desk clock – perfect for decorating a play room or game roomRead more ›

DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

DIY Christmas “Gift” Décor

December is here, December is here! That means a lot of things to me- Christmas, my birthday (the big 4-0 this year!) and of course, a new project for The Good Life Blog! For this month’s project, I decided to create “gift” décor pieces to use on my mantel- bright colorful “presents” that are easy to make using inexpensive frames and linens from my local Goodwill store. In other words, DIY Christmas Gift Decor. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›