Have you ever walked through a thrift shop and seen a beautiful frame with a picture that is less than desirable? And it has paper backing that scares you away from updating it yourself? Well, this post will teach you how to rip away that backing, take the frame apart, and reassemble it so you can transform it any way you want.
Here is a recent project where I took apart a picture frame in order update the frame. Keep in mind, though, once you take apart a picture frame, you could update any part you want to- whether it be inserting a new picture, changing out the matte, or updating the frame.
I found this beautiful painting at my local thrift store, Savers. It was 3.99! I loved the painting itself, but the frame needed some love. No problem!
It was so desperate for a makeover, it was practically unraveling itself:
I used needle nose pliers to bend the screws open enough to pop out the canvas:
and out it pops:
And now, it is time to put your frame back together. Simply put it back together in the order you took it apart. To replace the paper backing, use builder’s paper, which can found in the paint section of Home Depot.
It is advertised to be used as a tarp, but it really has virtually a million uses. Score! It will cost you $10, but with 140 ft of the stuff, you will can use it for a lifetime of picture repurposing. Yay!
I used some high tech tools to adhere the new backing to the frame :)
Scissors, glue stick, and a pencil- that was it.
If you’re replacing the backing, first trace out the desired amount of backing needed: