Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Upcycled Wall Photo Holders...

Let me start this post by saying that I LOVE photos.
I love to have them surrounding me in my home.
I strive to have them in every room.
I just love photos. The feelings they evoke. The smile they put on your face.
The memories they stir up when you see them. I simply love photos.
Another reason that I love photos is that they are free art work!
Photo displays are better than any art work you can buy because they are near and dear to your heart.
 Knowing my love of photos, I am always trying to come up with creative ways to display them aside from the basic frame.
I am so excited about these upcycled wall photo holders!
I LOVE them!!

First, I started with some old cabinet doors that I got at a salvage store. (Sorry, I had already started to paint it when I realized I should take a picture!!)

I gave them a light sanding and then painted them a slightly off-white.

After the painted dried, I rubbed a dark cherry stain over the white.

After the stain dried, I dry brushed another coat of the white paint on all of the doors.

I going to have to apologize for the lack of pictures for the next fews steps...It was quite the hectic week!
Once the doors were dry, I sanded the edges for the distressed look. I then applied a brown glaze to the whole door.
I bought some magnetic clips from the office section at Walmart and spray painted them black. I created an "easel" effect using a piece of small trim from the hardware store cut to the length of the middle plank of each door.
With my love of photos, comes my love of mat board. I LOVE the finished look that mat board gives a photo. So, for each clip, I cut a piece of mat board large enough to hold a 5x7 photo leaving edge on all sides.

Once all of the pieces were cut, I attached them to the door using E600 glue. Once those were dry, I stenciled and distressed a design on the top of the door and applied picture hangers to the back.

I'm super excited about these frames! I'm hoping to have them for sale at Chartruese and Co. for this coming tag sale, but to be honest, they might end up staying in my house!!

Beans and Buttons would also like to welcome it's newest addition! Rylie Mae was born on July 14, 2010.


  1. That is a really beautiful repurpose! I love photos too, thanks for sharing!

  2. These are beautiful. I have some old cabinet doors in storage. Better dig them out. Thanks. Also your new addition is the most beautiful!

  3. That is great! I just received some doors and I want to do something like this with them!

  4. What a great idea! And a precious new treasure!

  5. What a neat idea. I can't wait to try it.

  6. What a neat idea. I absolutely love the color and distressing of the boards. I've been on the look out for some cool doors and have yet to find any. Congrats on your new arival!

  7. CUTE!!! I love your blog! Great ideas! I am your newest follower. Stop by Sassy Sites and say HI! :)

  8. Absolutely adorable! I love the look of these -- and I love photos too. :) Congratulations on your newest little member! She's precious!

  9. Oh I love these! So shabby chic~
    Thank you for sharing!

  10. This is such a great idea!! I love it!! Rylie is so precious!! Congrats!!

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