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Garage Sale Frame = My favorite piece of ART !

I love to wake up on a lovely Fall morning…before everyone else is awake. I sneak downstairs–make some coffee, grab a granola bar and the paper and hit the streets—looking for garage sales. I LOVE it! I LOVE to find something for nothing! Makes my day! So this past Saturday was that kind of a morning-JOY! This is what  I came home with….I spent how much??

What’s your guess??? I bought a large lamp ($5), a big wood frame ($2) and a cute little wooden end table ($5)   That’s right!!!! $12!!! I know–LOVE THAT! Booyah!
So I had an idea in mind to use the frame and these sticks from another goodwill trip…
I layed the sticks out on some news paper in the garage and I spray painted them black. Let dry.
Then I took the frame….sprayed a grey primer on because it was gold..
After that dried I sprayed a nickle finish spray paint on the frame.
What did we do before spray paint???!?! Seriously… love it!
When the frame was dry…I flipped it over…then I took all those sticks that I painted black. I laid them evenly on the back of the frame…(you see where I am going with this…I know…I was excited too :)
Then I got out some clippers and my trusty staple gun…hubby actually gave me the clippers…I was ready to pull out the miter saw.
I trimmed the sticks so they lined up with the edge of the frame. I stapled them in place–ensuring that they were spread out and evenly placed.
 And then…are you ready for it?!?! I flipped it over—and SMILED—LOVE THIS!

It is now my favorite piece of artwork… love it! And it cost $2!!!!! It looks really pretty with an electric candle at night too…..

Be inspired to be clever ;)
This was feature on the Fresh Home Magazine Blog…thanks girls!Fresh Home
Tell me what ya think????


Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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75 thoughts on “Garage Sale Frame = My favorite piece of ART !

  1. Orange it Lovely

    holy moly I LOVE it and I am SOOO copying that one!! lol
    Seriously LOVE
    Cant wait to see the lamp!

  2. Christy Hulsewede

    Hey Tracie! I love your blog too. I love to see other ideas. And our new house is a blank canvas!
    I made your 1st chicken recipe last night. And chicken bores me to death. We were both really pleased and liked it a lot! Keep it up!

  3. Allison

    Ooooo! Very pretty! So unique. Great job thinking outside the box! :)
    Thanks for linking up to my first party! :)

  4. Jamara @ My NW Nest

    I love this!! Saw you over at Somewhat Simple. I'm pretty sure I'll be making one of these for my bedroom. Thanks for the great idea!!

  5. Black and White {Side by Side}

    This is gorgeous! and the price is right :) I'll definitely be making one!!! I'm a follower :)

  6. AllieMakes!

    This is such a clever idea! I will so be doing this!
    You should come link this up to my Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  7. Michelle@Somedaycrafts

    That looks great! Inexpensive, easy and beautiful! My kind of project. I will be featuring this at Grab my "featured" button.

  8. Jennifer @ Muse Lodge

    I'm obsessed with this frame!! I will definitely be making one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors

    I'm so doing this! It's like a forest in a frame. I'm your newest follower by the way!

  10. Bumblebee and Sophie

    This is a great idea. We might use this for my sister's February wedding in which we're using eclectic frames and curly willow as part of the decoration. This would be a great accent!

    Thanks for the idea!

  11. Birgit Kerr

    Ohhh this turned out great! I had something similar in mind for the newly redone livingroom, but now that I see you're result I am convinced!

  12. Trisha @ The Sweet Survival

    Love this! I have been searching for something to go over my masterbed room headboard and this might be it!

  13. Creative Ambitions

    Hi Tracie! You're right… very cool… turned out fab! Great art for a great price… Love it!

  14. The Peasant Housewife

    LOVE it! I have a huge frame and some sticks and some spray paint. Guess who's going to get her crafty on today? Thanks for the awesome idea!

  15. malia

    What a clever idea… looks like a display from Anthro! Thanks for joining is at A Crafty Soiree and I hope you link up tomorrow (-:

  16. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming

    Hi Tracie, This turned out fabulous! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! I featured this on the first round of showcases. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  17. marcia @Child in Harmony

    This is GORGEOUS! I love it! I'm trying to decided just the right spot to hang one in my house :)

    happy day!

  18. Jennie

    I LOVE this idea! My wheels are turnin'. Great job! Thanks for sharing:)

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  19. Nita {ModVintageLife}

    I really love how this turned out. I didn't think I was going to but I do! Very pretty.

  20. Holly

    This is so my style..I am so knocking this off (of course you will get credit!). This is just awesome.

  21. Its So Very Cheri

    This is darling. I love it and what an easy peasy lemon squeezy project.

    Just a reminder you will need to add our button to qualify to win over at the DIY Club–recheck the quidelines to win so you don;t miss anything.


  22. Lori

    Congrats, just saw your news! So excited for you. Just yesterday I pulled out an old picture frame I have and got it ready for painting to make your very same project. I'm just not sure of the paint color, yet. Its a great project!!

  23. Pam

    Clever, inspiring, innovative AND frugal! Thanks for sharing; this is an idea I'll definitely have to do. Yeah!!!!!

  24. Amy

    I was looking for some art to put on the mantel to transition from Christmas to spring and I TOTALLY thought of your project! I dug through and found the perfect frame, now I just have to find my staple gun, haha! I may cheat and use hot glue, we'll see ;) Thanks for sharing your awesome ideas!

  25. Marie C.

    OMG, I am so happy seeing this post that I'm dancing in my seat! My grandmother gave me a wooden frame years ago and it's been sitting around — I haven't the heart to get rid of it because she's no longer around but I had NO IDEA what to do with it: until now!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  26. HeathahLee

    Hopping over from A Soft Place To Land…LOVE this! I have some sticks that would be perfect for this…now just to find the frame…. : )

  27. Shelter Logic Portable Garages

    I follow your blog for a long time and must tell you that your posts always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers. Keep it up.

  28. Kit @ DIYdiva

    Just found you though Curbly, and I am absolutely in love with this project. So easy, and looks fabulous!

  29. jamie @ [kreyv]

    This is so major! I absolutely love it! I found your project via Pinterest and am featuring it tomorrow in my [so cheap, so easy] series. I will link the project back to your post.

    Going to take a look around and see what other awesomeness I can find around here!

  30. Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space

    Found this from pinterest!!! Great demo and creation!!! Thanks! Blessings, Amy

  31. kaylan

    found this on pintrest and loved it so much i had to recreate it myself to use as an advent calendar. thanks for the idea!

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