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If you’ve been here before, you probably know that I have a bit of an obsession with upcycling things I find on the side of the road. I’ve upcycled a magazine rack into paper storage, turned a coffee table drawer into laundry shelving, and created an indoor planter from an old wine crate.
I can’t help it. I just love trash.
Maybe I’m secretly a raccoon.
Anyway, a few weeks ago I picked up a simple wooden frame that had been tossed out for collection. As the frame was missing its back panel, I couldn’t use it to frame art. Instead, I decided to take a slightly different approach, pairing the frame with a metal bee I bought for $3 from Target.
Here’s what the frame looked like when I found it:
Here’s what it looked like after I gave it a little makeover.
All in all, the entire thing took less than 5 minutes of work. The paint application took about 1 minute, the sanding around 30 seconds, and the gluing another minute.
- A bee figurine. You can use anything you like – a cheap option would be to pick up a plastic toy at a discount store then spray paint it.
- A wooden frame with the back panel removed. If you don’t already have a frame, check out your local thrift store. Most thrift stores have a bunch of photo frames for a dollar or two.
- Chalk paint and a paintbrush. I used this chalk paint by Rustoleum.
- 180 grit sandpaper. 120 grit and 240 grit will also work – just use what you have on hand.
- A hot glue gun and glue sticks.
To begin, I removed the glass from the frame and gave it a quick coat of paint.
Once the paint was dry, I gave the frame a quick sand with 180 grit sandpaper. I focused most of my sanding on the corners for a nice weathered look.
Next I popped the glass back into the frame. Then, working quickly, I applied a generous amount of hot glue to all four of the bee’s feet. Using light pressure, I pressed the bee against the glass for 20 – 30 seconds until the glue had set.
And that’s it!