My Lime Green Frame Thingy Makeover (Or How I Made a Valentine Wall Hanging)




Welcome Cottage Friends! 

Earlier this month I shared with you my mega thrift store haul.




The lime green frame thingy with chicken wire was, in my opinion, a real sleeper. Kind of funky, but I could see it had potential for a crafty project. Especially at the meager price of $1, what did I have to lose?



I really do have a thing for chicken wire. After all, when I designed our cottage kitchen in Oregon, I made sure the glass cabinets included chicken wire. The cabinet maker installed the wire between two pieces of glass to make it easy for me to clean. Practical, as well as charming. Brilliant.


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to transform my lime green frame thingy with the chicken wire into a Valentine wall hanging.

I picked up a pack of willow hearts at The Dollar Tree, and a roll of linen-like ribbon at Wal-Mart, along with a bunch of faux lavender and ivory chalk paint. Everything else I already had in my craft stash.




Then I got to work painting over the crazy lime green. I originally thought I might distress the edges, so I covered them with brown paint. I also took a few minutes to put a coat of burnt umber craft paint on the new chicken wire to give it an aged look. 



It took two coats of paint to cover the lime green. I liked the end result and decided not to do any distressing. 

I wrapped the bottom of the lavender with jute, 



and glued the hearts to the ribbon.


Since all the individual elements are tied to the frame and not glued, I can always use this ivory frame with chicken wire for another project.


So, there you have it. A charming wall hanging for just a few dollars and very little work. 

Have you ever found a "sleeper" at a thrift store that you transformed into something new?

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

Hugs,




Comments

  1. Adorable! You are very creative. Sending you warm wishes as you continue to feather your nest.

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  2. As usual, Nancy, you are a artsy/crafty person. Me, I would just see a frame in
    a color I don't like and walk away. I love the Valentine look and the fact that
    you find other decorations for the frame later on. Have a blessed weekend. Lynn

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    1. If it hadn't been for the chicken wire, Lynn, I probably would not have bought it. LOL

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  3. Well look at what your relove did!!!! Clever and cute. Happy Weekend. Enjoy. xoxo

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  4. How cute. Great idea to tie on the elements so you can use as seasons and holidays change.

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  5. Good job! I like chicken wire too. Well, almost anything chicken.❤️

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  6. It turned out so cute. I love chicken wire too. Those cabinets in Oregon with the wire between two pieces of glass was brilliant.

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  7. Lovely makeover Nancy and when you have another great idea, it will be easy to redo it! Thanks for sharing that idea!

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    1. It's my pleasure, Susan. Thanks for visiting, and have a great day!

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  8. That is so cute! The frame could be redone very simply for any season or occasion.

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  9. Oh this is just darling Nancy! You know how I love my chickens, and I love the shabby chic look too... and this is the best of both of those! It is always so fun to "relove" things from the thrift store, one of my favorite hobbies. You've inspired me with this fun re-do project!

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  10. Oh, I haven't gone thrift store shopping in such a long time. Nancy you did a wonderful job transforming that lime green frame. It is so pretty an not just for valentines. I love and miss all the make over posts that used to be more prominent in the blogging world. I love one of a kind items and more over, thrifty makeovers. :) Have a sweet day.

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  11. It looks adorable! I like that you tied everything on it, so you can change it out for different seasons or holidays. This can be your "holiday frame thingy"!! I found an old scrolly wood frame at the thrift store about a year ago.. was going to do something similar, but string jute in the back in a zig zag manner to clip photos on. It needs a coat of paint and have never done it yet! You inspired me to do it! (maybe?)... my mojo lately for decorating is about nil. Marilyn

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  12. This is such a nice transformation, dear Nancy. You have a gift for homemaking.
    Amalia
    xo

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  13. I love the way your 'sleeper' frame turned out! You are so creative and such an inspiration.
    ~Adrienne~

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