How to make a Chicken wire frame

This week I decided to work on small projects.  I decided to try a chicken wire frame since I have a small collection of open back frames. There is different ways to make a wire frame. I’m going to show you how I made one and maybe inspire you to try one too.

First, I had to get chicken wire. I went to the local hardware store and found a roll for about $10. They come in different sizes so measure your frame to make sure you are getting the right size. I also bought a small tool to cut the wire since I did not have one already.

Next, I took the wire and placed it over the frame. This is tricky because the wire bounces back and does not lay flat. I started stapling on the side of the frame. You want to go all around. This takes some time and patience.



Finally, cut away any extra wire and discard properly. Twist the sharp edges so they won’t scratch anyone.

I ended up making three different kinds. One with fabric on the back.( I used hot glue around the border to secure fabric) Another one I painted with a new Annie Sloan color called burgundy. The last one is shabby white distressed.

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These frames are versatile because you can hang jewelry, cards, and photos. It’s a neat way of displaying your treasured items. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope this inspires you to make a project! These frames are for sale at my booth at Wagon Wheel Antiques located in Ocala, Florida.


DIY oval cork frame


  • I was so excited to find this cool wood vintage frame. There is a date on the back frame 1962. At first I wanted to turn it into a chalk board but it was an epic failure! I will tell you why.
  • First, I cleaned  and took apart the frame. I used a Lysol wipe this time.
  • Next, I mixed old white and Provence color from the Annie Sloan chalk  paint collection. I really love this stuff! The paint dries fast and there is no sanding or priming! Hallelujah! I really do think sanding is the devil you know!image
  • Then, I applied two coats and let dry in between. I distressed a little to give a cool flair with sand paper.
  • After the distressing I used clear wax to seal everything in.
  • While the paint was drying I used a magnetic spray paint on the glass. I never used this type of spray paint and wanted to try it. Let me tell you it did not go very well. After following the directions the spray paint was not coming out even and it just made a big mess. I was really disappointed so I stopped with the project for a few days. I wish I had a picture but lets just say it was a hot mess! It was time for plan b!
  • Later on in the week I went to Jo-Ann’s fabric and an idea came to me since I love fabric. Especially the Liberace/Lady Gaga section…..(there is no such thing but really there is a funky fabric section! ) so I picked up cork and chevron fabric and knew what I was going to do now with the frame.image
  • I traced the glass with a pencil and used gorilla glue to put the cork down. Make sure you cut the cork as close as possible to the glass. I had to use two layers because one was not enough to push a push pin/ thumb tack through. I had to weigh down the cork to dry. I grabbed anything near me to hold down the cork.imageimage
  • Next, I found these cool paper flowers at Michaels in the dollar bin section. I decided to use those for the push pins. I hot glued the thumb tack and flower together.image
  • I cut the fabric to size leaving about two inches around.image
  • I had to iron the fabric so it was nice and smooth.
  • Now it was time to put everything together!
  • I finally sealed the back with felt and staple gun.image
  •  I love how it turned out!image

If you are interested in purchasing this frame email me at bpupcycled@gmail.com. It is $45.00 measures 25″ tall and 21″ wide. Four flower thumb tacks included.
Check out my etsy store for other cool items at blackpearlupcycled
I would love to hear from you! Comment below!

Materials used:

old frame

chalk paint

clear wax



gorilla glue


thumb tacks

staple gun


paper flowers

Transform an old sewing table into a drink/snack station


  • I was on Pinterest and came across a photo that caught my attention. sweetcdesigns.com turned an old sewing machine into a server station using spray paint. I decided to use chalk paint to transform this old sewing table. I found this piece at a local thrift store.
  • First, I cleaned the piece with TSP (check out the video on how to clean your furniture before painting http://wp.me/p4iGdq-4v ) It was quite dirty and who knows where and how long this piece was sitting around collecting dirt. Here is a before picture…..


  • Next, I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and mixed Old white with Provence and it created a beautiful blue. (1 cup Provence & 3/4 cup old white)


  • Then, I painted two coats and let dry in between. I put a clear wax to seal the paint.
  • I should of done this step earlier but when everything was dry I took out all the parts inside that are not necessary out.

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  • I found this galvanized bucket at Michael’s craft store. It was the perfect size for the job. I ended up painting the hardware originally on the piece.


  • Now it was time to add a shelf. This part I had to ask for help. A friend helped cut to size a piece of wood I had laying around and sealed it with Shellac.image
  • Then I wanted to add some leftover trim for some flair. I cut to size the trim and used clamps to hold trim in place. I used gorilla glue to hold the trim in place.image

image   It is now ready! What do you think? This piece is for sale $99.00 bucket is included. Local delivery or pick up in Central Florida. Call or text at 352.286.9518 if interested and for more information.


How to transform a small dresser


I love transforming furniture! I’m going to show you a thrift store side table/filing cabinet turned into a fabulous piece for your home. This piece can be used as a filing cabinet or side dresser.

  • I cleaned the furniture with a simple damp rag and took out the hardware. The top base comes off which was also a unique feature.
  • I used old white Annie Sloan chalk paint and for the drawers I mixed my own color. I came up with a blue/green minty shade which I fell in love with. I applied two coats of each shade and let dry in between.image
  • Next, I slightly sanded to give a distress look. I used two coats of clear wax to seal the color in.
  • While everything was drying I worked on the top part. I decided to stain it in a dark walnut finish. I applied the stain with a brush and waited a few minutes and used a cloth to wipe off in the same direction as the grain. It took 2 days for the top base to completely dry before putting the clear coat.I used clear Polycrylic in satin to seal the top base. I used two coats and let dry in between.
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  • Now it was time to put new handles since one was broken from the set when I first got the piece.photo (39)
  • Just a side note this was the hardest part in my opinion of the entire process. I searched at all the local home improvements store and had no luck finding the size I needed! I went to Hobby Lobby and they had one set out of all their handles and knobs that fit. Then, after finding the right handles the screws that came with it did not work because they were too short. I ended up at True Value Hardware store and an angel that looked like a leprechaun helped me find the screws I needed. It took two trips for that one! It took an entire day for this… PHEW!!
  • After putting the handles on the piece, it was finally finished and I sang a Hallelujah song! image
  • I hope this helps you with any future upcycling projects. What set backs have you had in any upcycling projects?

How to turn an old mirror into a chic chalkboard.

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I was so excited to find this vintage mirror a few months ago at a local thrift store! I am going to tell you how I turned it into a cool chic chalkboard.

  • First, I cleaned the mirror with a glass cleaner. I cleaned the frame with a Lysol wipe.
  • Next, I decided on painting the frame a cream color from the Annie Sloan chalk paint collection. I used two coats and let dry between coats.
  • Then, I used the Annie Sloan clear wax to protect the paint. I also used the dark wax with a small paint brush for some aged effects. I used another coat of clear wax to seal everything in place.
  • The final step was to make the mirror a chalkboard. I used the black finish in a quart size. (a little goes a long way) You can purchase smaller sizes at your local craft stores.

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  • Apply two coats with a foam brush not the roller kind. (I tried with a roller foam brush and it wasn’t spreading nicely) I let dry between coats.

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  • The last step is to condition the chalkboard by taking a piece of chalk sideways and rubbing it on. The directions said to wait 3 days after the last coat of paint to condition it and about a week to use any water to clean chalkboard. This entire process took about 4-5 days. I love how it turned out!

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I hope this inspires you to get up and do something too! What experiences have you had with chalkboard paint? I would love to hear from you!