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Upcycled Mirror Frame

I have had this mirror for 20 years!  I bought it at an unfinished furniture store and stained it light oak.  I was going to repaint my entry and wanted a mirror that had a bigger statement. I discovered this dark gel stain that I have been painting everything with and wanted to restain this light oak to a darker oak, but wanted a thicker frame, and that would cost me hundreds of dollars.  Hmm??  What to do?   I researched the internet and found this website for ceiling tiles, and faux ceiling tiles.   My mind got to thinking why not cut them up and stain them the same color as my frame and glue them to the wall and that’s what I did!!   For a very minimal cost I have a new upcycled mirror frame, check it out!

Excuse the kids in the picture, this is the only BEFORE pic I have of my entry mirror.

mirror before

AFTER STAINING AND GLUEING THE STYROFOAM TILES!!

Oak mirror after

This is the stain I used and the Styrofoam ceiling tiles came in 20 x 20 pieces, I stained on one side, then cut them and glued to the wall.

I lightly sanded down the wood, put a clear polyurethane over the old stain and then one coat of lighter brown and one coat of darker brown with streaks with my paint brush to look like wood grain.   SUPER EASY!!  I love the final result and have been gel staining everything 🙂

gel stainstyrofoam ceiling tile

 

What do you think of the final result?

How To Display Your Kids Artwork

Do you ever wonder what to do with your kids artwork they bring home from school?  My boys are teenagers now, but I still have a wall in my home with some of my favorite artwork pieces from when they were kids.  Here’s a simple way to hang them up on a wall.  All you need are some frames, any kind will work.   I have frames that were meant for documents, and frames that are metal and some that are wood.  They work together because they are all black.  I’ve even spray painted some to keep the cohesive color theme together.   No need for spending money on fancy mats to go around the artwork, because the kids art is usually odd shapes and sizes.  I just use black construction paper behind all the pieces that don’t fit the frame.  Take a peek:

kids artwork

kids artwork gallery wall                    kids artwork gallery wall

kids artwork                    kids artwork

kids artwork gallery wall                  kids artwork gallery

I know, my kids have mad skills 🙂 Find a frame that will fit the artwork, and a piece of construction paper, I like using black for all the artwork. (Ignore the ugly black stain on my coffee table).   Cut the construction paper to fit the frame, and using double stick tape,  attach artwork to construction paper.  Make sure you date the back of the artwork!!!

how to frame kids artwork

READY TO HANG!   Now, that was easy and very inexpensive 🙂   that’s how I roll !

kids artwork