Ugly Picture Frame, Chicken Wire, Spray Paint

Good morning, today I am going to share a project that my partner Robbyn and I completed yesterday….Robbyn is 35 weeks pregnant and feeling highly motivated to get her house in order before this baby (boy #4) is born. I love helping her in that mission, we have so much fun pumping out these projects! Our partner Lorrie, has been in Texas for the last two weeks getting her daughter settled or she would be right here with us! So fun to work with these great friends!

The goal was to have a spot to hang the kids artwork, to be changed out on a weekly basis…….a spot that did not include the front of the refrigerator.

Here is what we created with a once ugly, huge, and inexpensive picture frame, chicken wire, and flat black spray paint:

finished piece in use right in the mudroom

with Robbyn....she is so cute

Finished Art Holder

The plan was to use clothes pins to clip the art onto the piece.  Did you notice the cute decorated clothes pins in the first photo, below is a close up of those pins.  I found those today at the cutest shop I came across in Barrington, IL, earlier today.  Such a great shop.  Tattered Tiques.   Details at   It looks so great!  Here are a few pictures of the work in progress.

close up of the cute clothes pins


We had purchased a bolt of chicken wire from our local True Value a few months ago to put inside the doors of Robbyn’s buffet.. seen here:

Once I made sure the wire was wide enough to fill the inside of the frame,  I laid the frame face down and stapled the wire to the back of the frame.  I pulled it as tight as it would go as I stapled so it would be tight.  Then using wire snippers I cut it to length.

We then taped off the linen inner frame so it would not get spray painted….and covered the chicken wire with old ugly wrapping paper I had in my storage room so that the chicken wire didn’t get painted either.

This is a really fun and easy project.  Makes me want to make another one!  Any thoughts?


5 thoughts on “Ugly Picture Frame, Chicken Wire, Spray Paint

  1. Wow! Just found your blog from MMS!! Your makeovers look phenomenal! Where are you located? Where will your sale be?? What color did you use on your table and chairs set? I love it! I love all of the benches, all of the chairs, everything! All exactly my taste!!

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, what an encouragement you are! We will be having our first sale in January 2012 offering great furniture and accessories. I would love for you to can come, we are in Lake Zurich, IL…the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The kitchen table and chairs are painted with the Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue paint, followed by Briwax Light Brown wax. I painted the top with Benjamin Moore Black, and used the Briwax Dark Brown wax over that. Hope that info is helpful to you. Also, you can sign up to automatically get e-mails of all the new items that we finish along with details about the event as we get closer to the big day. Thanks again for the kind words. Carol

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