A few months back, I posted about my garage sale chairs. My hubby decided that they had sat in my garage for far too long, and told me to get rid of them. So, naturally, I rebelled and quickly came up with something to do with them. :)

To see the entire transformation, check out the original post found HERE.

To make a long story short, I decided to create cheap picture frames out of them. Fun huh!?!

I had been searching for frames to make a gallery wall of all four of my kiddos. But since the baby was born, I haven’t ventured out to the thrift stores as often as usual. And before he was born, I couldn’t find the motivation to work on the project until he could be part of it.

Creed is only about 11 weeks old, and I wanted to get a cute picture of him smiling. He finally smiled for the camera! AND, I finally found some frames that I liked at the local D.I (Utah’s version of Goodwill). Granted, the frames had pictures of horses in them. :) With a few revisions and some black spray paint, I finally had the four frames and the pictures taken. PHEW.  This project has been in the making for literally six months!

The pictures of this gallery wall don’t do it justice. I think it looks great! I wanted the frames to be chunky and intricate. Finding frames with those two characteristics can be challenging.

It is the first thing that you see when you enter my home. The smallest of the photo prints are 12X18 inches. So, they are BIG. The bigger the better, right? Go big or go home, I always say.

My kids are adorable…I know I’m biased, but I can’t help but show them off! Oaklyn is my seven year old.

Connelly is my six year old. (yep they are that close apart…exactly 363 days apart). LOL…that’s a story in itself!)

Creed my baby. :)

And Londyn my three year old.

I wish you could see how BIG these frames are, but every picture I took seemed to down play their size.

I am so excited to finally have my gallery wall that has been in the works for so long! I hope you like it!

The best part? Total cost of frames and prints? Less than $40.00. :) Now that’s THRIFTY!

I’m linking this post to the Gallery Wall Linky Party over at The Inspired Room.


  1. says

    Love it Brooke!! SO beautiful! I was wondering if you inserted gladd in the frames or went without? I'm having a hard time trying to tell.


  2. says

    You are so smart and creative. Would have taken me a long time to think to turn a chair back into a photo frame. And THAT is why I love decorating blogs!

  3. says

    My first thought was "how DARE he tell her what to do, I HOPE she made a bed for him in the garage out of those chairs!"

    Your idea was way better 😀 Love the frames and the photos you filled them with are priceless.

  4. says

    LOVE this!! And yes, your kids are gorgeous!! I'm here from The Inspired Room. We have four kids (with unusual names), too and this was just the inspiration I needed. :)

  5. says

    I am popping over from the Gallery Wall party. I love seeing your work. (Mine is #10.)


    Gg – Notes on the Journey

    ps. Such a great idea to use the chair backs AND your kids are darling.

  6. says

    Okay I absolutely ADORE this!!! I love what you did to turn the chair into a frame…I would have never in a million years thought of that! I think it turned out perfect! I look for those same qualities in frames…so I guess I'll be looking for chairs at the thrift store now 😉 Hehee!

  7. says

    Wow. Cool idea! Those frames look great. You have beautiful children. I love their names, too!

    have a happy day~ L

  8. says

    I am so impressed. Those pictures are lovely, your children are beautiful, and your creativity is inspiring.
    I totally understand how frustrating it is that pictures can't always capture reality. That last picture did help give perspective on the size of the frames. Looks great!

  9. says

    Wow. My mind is blown. I never would have thought of this! This project is probably one of my favorite of your many good ideas!

  10. Whatitsallabout... says

    You're right, your kids are adorable. I love the names you picked too! Great gallery wall! Genius idea using the back of the chairs as a frame.


  11. says

    Your kids are gorgeous! And the frames – I admire how some people just have the vision to make an ugly duckling beautiful. Good work!

  12. says

    Your children are so stinkin' beautiful! Not just cute… but beautiful! Did you purchase a glass piece to fit the chair back frames or is it just exposed to the pictures? Very creative! Makes me want to go to good will!

  13. says

    I LOVE these frames! How creative are you!!? Thanks for the inspiration! I'm featuring this on my blog next week. :)

  14. Rochelle says

    Love it! So glad I found your blog. You make me like St. George so much more! Now that I know D.I has such great finds, I go there a LOT!! Plus, I've found cheap projects to do since we are renting! Thank you!

  15. says

    I would have never thought about using old chairs for picture frames. And…I have got to get to the DI. I take our stuff there, but never go inside. LOVE the frames!

  16. says

    Wholy COW!!!! Those are AWESOME!! Who would have thought to use the backs of chairs ?!! Now I need to go find me some :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    BTW…I just have to feature this on my blog The Creative Crate. AMAZING job!! :)

  17. says

    You know how every once in a while you see a project that is BEYOND AWESOME and completely takes your breath away for minute? Congratulations! This photo wall is fantastic and I can't believe the idea you had with those chairs! I didn't see anything that cool when I went to the D.I. today. :) (and do I even need to mention your beautiful kids?)

    -Annie @ {PeppermintPlum}

  18. says

    Wow what a great idea!!! Never would have thought of making frames from chairs! So glad there are people like you who think out side the box and share those great ideas for those of us in the box thinkers!

  19. says

    I was going through the re-cap for 2011 also and found this great project. I have a DH that does the same to me too but I gave in too early. Now I know what to do with the new-old thrift chairs I'm going to run and get Ha!


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