A Salvaged Frame



I found this frame at my favorite salvage store last week. I liked the chunky size but not the veneer.

I thought the back side had some potential.  It is real wood and pretty rough.
So I cleaned it up a bit.
Then I cut some chicken wire down to size and stapled it to the front side of the frame.
Now to get ready for the spray paint…
I want the paint to be all chippy so I am using the “vaseline technique”.
(I used up all my vaseline but this is a similar “goop”)
Spray paint it a flat white.  Let it dry completely before scraping.
Using a spackle knife – scrape the ‘goop’ off and also other areas that I want the wood to show.
Where the “goop” was it looks like the paint was really chipped off.

I can think of so many ways to use this….


For today…this is where it will go.


A salvaged frame given a whole new look….

to see more ways to make things look old CLICK HERE
to see how I decorate with salvaged items, take my home tour HERE
for my secret glazing technique Click Here
If you like this shabby style go HERE to see my bedroom decor.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Cottage Muse
January 29, 2012 1:42 pm

This is such a great idea…I haven't tried the vaseline trick yet, thanks for the tip!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs
January 29, 2012 1:51 pm

Oh my gosh that is soooo cool!!! I love how it came out!!I have never heard of the vaseline technique ~ that gives an awesome finish ~

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
January 29, 2012 1:53 pm

Cute, cute, cute.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky)
January 29, 2012 2:11 pm

Very cute. You have a good eye for re purposing. Thanks for sharing your method.

Wendy @HerBallistic Garden
January 29, 2012 2:12 pm

Thanks for showing the Vaseline technique..I've never seen it done…only heard about it! It looks really rustic and fantastic!xo

April @ The Painted Cupboard
January 29, 2012 2:31 pm

Awesome!!!! Vaseline and paste wax make the \”chippy\” look so perfect!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate
January 29, 2012 3:23 pm

OMGoodness! This turned out sooo AWESOME! I heard about the Vaseline tip, but I never tried. Thanks for the tutorial. I have a few frames around here, I'm gonna give this a try.

January 29, 2012 3:26 pm

I seriously get all excited when I see you have a new post! Great timing on this one….my own Holly and I went junking yesterday-her first time- and she really liked the chicken wire memo boards we saw. She was the excited one! MOM, can we make one of those? I haven't sold her on the white chippy look yet, she leaned toward the solid barn wood style, but I can't wait to make one for her.Mine – it will be all chippy just like the one you made. Or is that faux chippy?~Bliss~

January 29, 2012 3:32 pm

I have never heard of this technique, but I will be trying it on a little shelf I'm painting now. Copycat here! thank you SO much for sharing. It looks so cute!!♥Linsey

January 29, 2012 3:53 pm

I really love that project! It looks perfect as a backdrop for your star tied with burlap ribbon. I've never seen that technique before using vaseline like that. That's really neat! I also never would've thought to use the back side of the frame instead either. Smart!

January 29, 2012 4:04 pm

I love it. It became so beautiful. You are so good at this.Hugs Bente

January 29, 2012 4:15 pm

Now that is just amazing! I was just trying figure out how I could do that exact same thing. Thanks for sharing this wonderful technique using Vaseline. Enjoy your day, Gail

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home
January 29, 2012 4:28 pm

I love the way you displayed the new frame…I think it is perfect there!!

January 29, 2012 4:33 pm

Wow – this turned out great! I was wondering how people use the baseline technique so thanks for sharing how you did it. I really like how you hung it on the old door when you were finished too.

January 29, 2012 4:40 pm

Holly, Great find! I love the frame and what you did with it. I love using the vasaline technique it's the best for chippy goodness. It totally adds to your Cute door. Great job! I am so glad you visit my blog. I love seeing what you post you do. Have a great week. I wish we lived close we would have so much fun shopping for \”junky treasures\” together wouldn't we.. Have a great day :)I hope you didn't mind me putting your door picture on my blog. I wrote up a little more about you and your blog… Read more »

January 29, 2012 6:26 pm

What a creative way to spruce up a frame… brilliant! And, I love how you can change it out at a moments notice. xoso Sandy

January 29, 2012 6:49 pm

I think your frame turned out great. I have never hear of using Vaseline, I will have to try it out.

January 29, 2012 7:28 pm

Such a great idea to use the back side! Your house is awesome by the way.

Darcie (My Modern Country)
January 29, 2012 8:25 pm

What a great idea! It turned out so cute-love the chicken wire 🙂

January 29, 2012 10:04 pm

I almost didn't recognize it! You took the flaws and made them assets. I like that you also painted the chicken wire!-Revi

The Cranky Queen
January 30, 2012 12:40 am

Love that vaseline technique. The frame looks sooooo old! Love it. Tiff

January 30, 2012 1:07 am

This is fantastic. I have never heard of the Vaseline technique. You can rest assure I will be trying this sometime. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

jeannie maxwell
January 30, 2012 1:32 am

Love it! Thanks for the goop tip!:)

Amy Kinser
January 30, 2012 3:03 am

I love using chicken wire in old windows and frames. Yours looks great. I, for one, have never ever seen vaseline used this way. Fabulous technique, my friend.

January 30, 2012 3:12 am

Love, love, love it.With that said.I love it.

January 30, 2012 3:26 am

I love this! It looks fantastic! i wish I could find such great things!

January 30, 2012 3:26 am

I love this! It looks fantastic! i wish I could find such great things!

chateau chic
January 30, 2012 3:28 am

Who would have thought to use the back of an old frame?? Only someone as creative as you! Love the end result.Mary alice

Fishtail Cottage
January 30, 2012 4:41 am

Love that frame – so fantastic!!!

January 30, 2012 4:57 am

I love chicken wire, and I love the whole display!

Grandma Barb's This and That
January 30, 2012 5:58 am

Love the way the frame turned out. I have never heard of the Vaselinetechnique. I am going to have to try it.

Orange it Lovely
January 30, 2012 2:18 pm

Gorgeous!!! I love the techniques and the embellishments!Tana

Holly @ Bella Nest
January 30, 2012 2:25 pm

Holly, I love this! I think if I could rename my blog, it would be chippy and chicken wire. 😉 Those are 2 of my favorites! Hope you have an amazing week!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama
January 30, 2012 2:50 pm

I love your chippy frame,, I need to try that vaseline technique.

January 30, 2012 6:31 pm

Looks fabulous Holly!

January 30, 2012 6:31 pm

Nice call flipping it around. Sometimes the back has so much more character. Beautiful job. I love it.

January 30, 2012 9:31 pm

That is so cute. Thanks for the \”goop\” trick. I'm putting vaseline on my shopping list!Shannon

It's All Connected
January 31, 2012 1:28 am

This looks wonderful and I will be stealing this idea! ~ Maureen

January 31, 2012 2:27 pm

Love it!!!!! I never heard of that technique. I must try that one. I live the burlap bow with the star. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime too:) I am pinning this. I am new to Pinterest.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm
January 31, 2012 3:23 pm

I love this frame. I particularly love the chicken wire because you could attach seasonal things to it and use it all year. I'm new to blogging and I'm your newest follower.

January 31, 2012 6:55 pm

Love that you flipped the frame to use the back as the new front. Thanks for the \”chippy\” tip!

February 1, 2012 3:19 pm

It looks awesome! I've never tried the Vaseline trick…definitely will add to my must try list. 🙂

The Elegant Chateau
February 2, 2012 12:43 pm

Clever idea, love the shabby look! Thanks for sharing the Vaseline technique. Diane

Darling @ Junque 'n my Trunk
February 3, 2012 1:57 am

Clever! I love the frame. Visiting from Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground 🙂

Fishtail Cottage
February 3, 2012 5:06 pm

i came back to peek again…..i'm so in love with that frame! xoxo

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic
February 3, 2012 7:00 pm

I~love~this~frame! I have never heard of this technique so thanks for sharing! I can't wait to try this method out!~Shanon

Heaven's Walk
February 4, 2012 3:35 am

How cool is that??? I love this technique, Holly! So easy and so convincing! It probably wouldn't work as well if you paint the item with a brush, right….?? xoxo laurie

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage
February 4, 2012 3:44 pm

I'm looking forward to trying this technique. Thanks for sharing it with us! Your frame looks really beautiful!

February 5, 2012 2:54 am

Your chippy frame is fantastic. I haven't heard of the vaseline technique, but I can't wait to try it. I'm a new follower.

February 6, 2012 2:49 am

Thanks for the informative post and new technique. Great blog—I am going to follow you!