Goodwill “Hunting”… { A Repurposed Frame }

  Goodwill, our local thrift store, is such a great place to find unique items to transform into something new. Trish and I visit Goodwill with different “glasses” on than we would have in a traditional store, it is less about what we see that we need or want, and more about how can we take something plain and turn it into something great!
Today, I am going to show you how I took a $5.00 dated, old picture and frame and turned it into a very hip, current bulletin board.

So, this is where I started…

I am sure it was fabulous in its day! Anyway, after taking the particle board photo out, I put a little wood filler in the corners. I actually used the other side of the frame as the front…

Once the wood filler was dry, I gave it a quick sanding and was ready to paint…


I chose a vibrant “avocado” color by Krylon! I love the way it just pops and can be used for so many different occasions!
Once the frame was dry, I gathered my supplies for the next step…
1. Chicken Wire {you can find this at a home supply store or farm supply store}
2.Wire Cutters and gloves!
3. Sophisticated Finishes rust antiquing solution { I found this at Michaels}
4. Staple gun and staples
I followed a great tutorial from Brown Paper Packages on how to attach the chicken wire to the frame. I would highly suggest gloves!! I may or may not have needed a few band aids during this project.
I loved the way it looked at this point, but I wanted a more “aged” look! This is where that Sophisticated Finishes product comes into play. I had seen a great tutorial over at Homeroad on how to “rust” chicken wire. This stuff worked great! I simply dabbed it on the chicken wire and, presto, instant dark aging!
I know it is hard to see a difference in these photos, but it really does take the sheen off the chicken wire. Now all I have to do is hang my saweet “new” bulletin board and add clothespins to hang little notes, photos, and mini masterpieces by my children!
 I hope that you have enjoyed my little “trip” to Goodwill. Really, such a great place to both donate to and shop from. Try it, you’ll be hooked!

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  1. Looks fantastic, Bonnie! I’m so jealous you have a great Goodwill store.


  2. Oh, that color is amazing! You always make things look so much better!

  3. Looks great! Can you actually be in LOVE with a Goodwill? I know I am… car is on auto…..I HAVE to stop….”just for a minute”…!!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  4. Love it! I’ve seen a neat frame at a local thrift store, but the joints aren’t perfect, so that wood filler would work perfectly :) I love me some chicken wire too, guess the next time I get the dogs food at TSC I’ll have to check out the chicken wire ;) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the green you chose! ♥

  6. So cute and I love that fresh GREEN =)
    I found a good frame for $1.50 the other day… maybe it needs chicken wire… ;)

  7. You girls are ridiculously talented! Love it!


  8. This is great! I am loving the color. You know, it would look awfully pretty in my kitchen :).

  9. It looks great, I just used chicken wire last week and it’s deadly LOL

  10. This just makes me that much more obsessed with chicken wire–it’s just so endearing for some reason!!

    It turned out great!


  11. This is such a great idea! I have so many picture frames and needing some ideas for them. This one is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. I love reviving old goodwill frames but never thought of adding chicken wire. Very smart!

  13. I think it came out amazing. I am addicted to frames :)
    Meegan@what meegan makes

  14. Love Goodwill and that color is amazing!! So happy to have found your website… Happy Friday!

  15. I love this and can’t wait to make some to hang my handmade cards on at craft shows and my card classes! Thanks for sharing the details! Terry

  16. Oh Bonnie… I LOVE IT!!!!! The green you picked it spectacular!

  17. This is so cute! What a great idea!!

  18. Love love love chicken wire and that color is fabulous!!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!!

  19. I love the finished look! I have a love/hate relationship with chicken wire stemming from actually needing to use it for its intended purpose. Some day I’ll break down and make one of these!

  20. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday this week. I actually could go through the hall closet and find a bunch of frames. This would be great for Mother’s Day.

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a great day.


  21. Your repurposed frame turned out great! I have a similar one that I have hanging in my kitchen. I have old recipes clipped onto it.

  22. Beautiful job, Bonnie! I’ve always loved these and yours is so pretty – great frame, gorgeous color!

  23. Fabulous re use. But no, the original was not fabulous in its day.

  24. Looks great, love the color!

  25. Fabulous frame and loving the green!

  26. I love green :) I love picture frames and I love chicken wire…lol. Great project!


  27. Nice job and don’t you love Goodwill, the place just makes me happy !

  28. Love your hot lime re-do! Very summery and just perfect for summer notes.

  29. Looks great! I have been wanting to do this but haven’t found the right frame yet :/

  30. love your goodwill find. How come everyone finds this great stuff except me? lol

  31. Thanks for sharing the product never heard of it before. Anything that can make something look older is a good thing at least according to Martha! Love you new chicken scratchy bulletin board. On I so love that deer, looks so much better than before pic! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration over at Sunday’s Best!

  32. Isn’t chicken wire great! I love the green color you chose!

  33. TOTALLY Awesome! Featuring you this weekend! XO, Aimee

  34. Thanks for linking up this cute project @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)

  35. (in my best Oprah voice): You’ve been FEAAAATUREDDDD!!!

  36. I LOVE THIS! How cute will that be with lots of little photos & notes clothespinned to it??!! Thanks for linking up.

  37. Bonnie, that looks like a wonderful way to display (and keep track of) earrings, other hangable accessories. I may do one with cork or something on a portion for post earrings, pins, etc. If I ever figure out how to link up, I’ll do it!

  38. That frame turned out awesome!!! What a remake!

    Thanks for sharing it!

  39. Thanks for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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