We’ve all been to those little garage sales or bric-a-brac markets where you can pick up other people’s junk in the hope of turning it into your own personal treasure. This is essentially the hallmark of making DIY work on a shoestring!
One of my favourite mini DIY projects was converting ancient picture frames into something upcycled and modern – queue the sailboat-prints-no-one-knows-who-did-them in proper vintage frames with gold edging and nails holding up the brown paper backing. #oldschool
I found them at a local 2nd hand market that was benefiting a wonderful local home for disabled women, for only R10 each. So a real deal!
I removed all the nails (a bit of a job), and took out the prints which – sorry for them – were tossed without any further review. I then replaced the back of the frame with scrapbook paper in a modern teal, grey & white pattern and then stuck on some of my favourite polaroid prints that I had done with Sticky9. They are UK based, but there are a number of great local print / magnet producers here that transform your Instagram shots into something real that you can string up at home or stick on your fridge.
The part that took the longest was probably getting them fixed to the wall – we are generally rather conservative with drilling holes into the walls in this house – but eventually they found pride of place around the lounge. Speaking of drilling, there’s a whole lot of conversation that can happen around types of drills and what works with what, but that can really be for another day!
Also, it’s Friday, and drills – yep.
So here’s a little bit of easy DIY inspiration that really, anyone can do. Enjoy!