Repurposed Design

Empty Picture-Frame Wall Grouping

Who needs art? Make a bold statement with empty, colorful picture frames.

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Materials Needed:

  • assorted picture frames
  • painter's tape
  • drop cloth
  • roll of contractor paper
  • pencil or marker
  • hammer
  • nails
  • tape measure
  • notepad and pencil
  • spray primer
  • high-gloss spray paint
  • wire cutters
  • screwdriver
  • damp cloth
  • clip-on spray paint handle

Empty Frames and Remove Picture Wire

To ensure a well-collected look, shop garage sales and thrift stores to gather an assortment of picture frames varying in size, shape and texture. Remove any artwork or photos, then cut and remove picture wire using screwdriver and wire cutters. Cover work area with drop cloth.

Measure Wall

Use tape measure to determine height and width of wall on which frames will be hung. Jot measurements down on notepad using pencil.

Create Layout Template

Roll contractor paper out on a long, flat surface. Play with the frames' layout until you have decided on the placement. Trace each frame's dimensions onto paper using pencil or marker. Identify each frame by adding a piece of numbered painter's tape to the back. Tip: For uniformity, leave approximately the same amount of space between each frame.

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