April 16, 2012

Empty Frame Wall {bedroom decor}

I am so excited that this project is finally done!  I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the empty space above our bed, and it’s remained empty for almost a year now.  We finally filled it up – with EMPTY frames!

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My hubby was skeptical when I first told him that we weren’t going to fill frames with anything, but he’s learned to trust me by now.  He loves the finished result!

Here’s how my frames started:

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I found all of them between three different thrift stores.  I took all of the pictures and glass out of the frames and put it all in the trash.  Then I took them all outside and primed them with spray primer (I use Krylon):

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Then I spray-painted them with Krylon’s semi-gloss white spray paint:

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I shared the above pictures on my Instagram account the other day – come follow me! Smile  My username is christinasadventures

I love the look of these frames when they’re pure white, but when I glazed them, the details popped out so much more!  See what I mean?

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If you want to great glazing tutorial, I learned from Brooke at All Things Thrifty.

Next, I traced the outline of each frame onto a piece of paper.  Then I taped them to the wall and arranged them the way I wanted.  We didn’t worry about leveling them or making it perfect, but we wanted to get a feel of what it would look like.

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Once we got it the way we wanted it, we marked and nailed directly onto the papers, and the just ripped the paper away.  See my sweet hubby who helps me with my projects?! Smile

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Buckley didn’t help too much during the process…

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Finally, after way too many months of being bare – we finally have something on top of our bed!

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We just love the details in these pieces – they have so much character! Smile

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Tell me your thoughts!  Do you think I’m crazy for hanging EMPTY frames?! Smile

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  1. LOVE your gallery wall of EMPTY frames!!! It looks fantastic!! I don’t know if you follow the “Everyday Lovely” blog, but she has a mantel full of empty frames that she decorates for each season….always leaving the empty frames & just changing out her accessories. I swoon over her mantel every time I see it!! Your gallery wall reminds me a lot of her mantel! So pretty!

    Going to follow you on Instagram now!! I just started using a couple weeks ago & I am somewhat addicted!!!

  2. I love the frames you chose! I’m trying to figure out what to hang on the wall above the couch in our living room — I’m thinking of doing a gallery as well.

  3. LOVE. I have a handful of frames that I’m waiting to spray for a gallery wall in the guest room. THey’re all empty too.

  4. i love it! couldnt wait to see what you were gonna do when I saw that pix of all those frames. you scored some nice looking frames!!

  5. LOVE this girl! So simple and lovely! I should totally do this…but first I should probably upgrade from our metal bedframe to an real bed, huh? details, details.

  6. This is to stinking cute. What a great job. I would love it if you showed it off at my new linky party @ Kampenlane.com.

    I can’t wait to see what else you create.


  7. The frames look great! I love the symmetry and the circle frame within the square. Nice job! I’m visiting from House of Grace.

    Have a great week!

  8. Love this! I like how the glaze really makes the detail of the frames pop. And how sweet of your hubby to help you!

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  10. I love the look, too! And I’ll definitely try the paper shape method soon. 🙂

  11. I LOVE your wall of empty frames! This made me smile because that is exactly the same response my husband would have given me! *LOL* And I agree that the glaze totally makes them pop! I have been wanting to try this so thanks for the awesome tutorial. If you have a chance I’d love if you’d join my linky party on Tuesdays-Monday. Here’s the link to the party going on now!


    Cheers, Michelle

  12. beautiful! i love the look of empty frames on a wall too… and so inexpensive thanks to spraypaint! love your glazing!

  13. They look fantastic! I love the details on them.

  14. This is so smart! I have never seen this as a “headboard” before! I love that these are all thrift store frames. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  15. That looks so cool! Great job!! 🙂

  16. Love your frames & your wall! Currently I’m working on a wall art/picture gallery for our reading room and I have been on the hunt for thrifted frames. I kinda think it might take me a while & many more trips to thrift shops until I find all the perfect ones. Thanks for sharing yours, you’ve given me motivation to continue the hunt!

  17. I love this!! I’d love it if you’d link it up to my link party going on now! http://www.classyclutter.blogspot.com/2012/04/spotlight-saturday-10.html

    I’m your newest follower and I’d love if you’d follow along our blog if you like it! We always get excited new bloggy friends!!

    Follow me on instagram too! Love seeing bloggers’ instaposts!! Mallory_ClassyClutter

    Hugs, Mallory @ Classy Clutter

  18. It looks completely gorgeous! Congrats!

    Visiting from Serenity Now, btw!

  19. I LOVE that the frames are empty! They just speak of endless possibilites and add the perfect 3 dimensionality to your wall. Kudos!!

  20. Nope, not crazy at all! Love this trend, & LOVE your empty frame wall!!! Came out great! 🙂

    blessings to you,
    lauren @www.summitstreetjoy.com

  21. I Loved the tutorial. I found you from another page. I always love linking but then I can never find my way back


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