May 9, 2013

on thrifty decorating: a painted frame...

the girly
A few years ago I picked up an old metal frame from a thrift sale for only five dollars. I was surprised it was so cheap, to be honest. Sure, it was a tad rusty and didn't have any sort of backing to hold in a photo or a mirror, but still…it called to me. I wish I had a "before" photo of the frame, but just imagine a dusty, dingy old metal frame that was crying out for some TLC (not the musical group).

I ended up spray painting it green and hanging it in our bathroom, fully intent on putting a mirror inside. Which, obviously, never happened because I'm not about to spend a bunch of money on mirror glass that is the right size for this random frame. (Actually, I haven't really done much research, but I do know that the craft stores I've been to don't sell this exact size of mirror, and after a certain point I just gave up. Clearly, I'm a very motivated person.)

Anyway, the lone frame has hung in our bathroom for quite some time now, and the other day I finally got around to adding something inside:

spray painted flea market frame
Washi tape and photos—could it be any easier than that? And I just love these two photos of Eisley. Especially the bottom one (taken last November) because Lord knows it is next to impossible to get a good smile from her when I want one. She's already changed so much since these photos were taken, but they're a couple of my favorites.

Even though I'm happy with how the frame looks now, part of me is still stuck on the mirror idea, so maybe one of these days I'll see if I can make that happen!

spray painted flea market frame
And to give you an idea of what it looks like in the grand scheme of things, see below! (In order to get all of this in the frame of my camera, I literally had to stand in the shower. Small spaces, right?)

spray painted flea market frame
Full disclosure: There was not a flower inside that vase until I knew I was going to take a photo, at which point I feverishly ran outside to clip a stem from the bushes. Fancy, right? I didn't want you to mistakenly assume that I'm the sort of person with fresh flowers in my bathroom. I am not that cool.

Also, the print is from Naptime Diaries. I love it.


  1. You are such a genius when it comes to this stuff! Love it.

  2. Such a good idea! Those pictures are perfect.

  3. i love the pictures! but, fyi, i went to a local glass shop and had a mirror cut to size for an old window frame from our 1948 house. it was ridiculously cheap for a fairly large sized mirror. :)

    1. I am totally going to find a glass shop to visit this month. Thank you for the tip—I honestly had no idea what to expect, price-wise, which is why I never put in the effort! Now I'm excited. :)

  4. When I was taking photos of our date night (current most recent post), I staged which blanket was behind it; that blanket normally lives on the other couch.. HAHA. We think alike. ;)

  5. Thanks for the inspiration! A few years ago, I also picked up a few old frames from a garage sale because, well, they just looked like they needed a home.

  6. Oh it looks lovely! What a great idea.


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