This is a sponsored post on behalf of Krylon to show you how easy it is to make a picture frame shadow box and decorate with items that I spray painted with the beautiful Restore color palette.
Let’s begin at the beginning. I am a hoarder lover of frames. I even have a frame “dept” in my garage where I store my extra frames. The repurposed picture frame shadow box project I’m talking about today uses the frame that the green arrow is pointing at.
Paint sprayer marathon of old frames
A couple of years ago I had a primer painting party where I painted a whole bunch of frames at once. The frame in question is shown with the black arrow. So, I’ve had it awhile, and it’s been waiting for the perfect repurpose.
When Krylon showed me the color palette for this month, I immediately thought of making a shadow box out of this old frame.
The problem was finding some wood that was sturdy enough for the box and dividers, but my typical 1x’s would be too thick.
Repurposed Drawer parts
My solution? the wood from these thrift store drawers. You can see it’s thicker than underlayment (too thin) but thinner than a 1x (too thick).
I dismantled the drawers with a rubber mallet and used mostly the longer rear boards for the frame of the shadow box. The front board had some holes and glue residue on it.
How to build a picture frame shadow box
I cut my boards to size in order to fit them inside the picture frame.
This is a dry fit while I’m trying to figure out the configuration of the dividers.
Use clamps and wood glue
It was a little tricky getting all of the dividers in place. I used Gorilla Wood glue, a speed square and my Ryobi nail gun.
This is the final design of my picture frame shadow box.
Spray paint Picture Frame Shadow Box
Krylon’s color of the month is Honeydew which is in the Restore (colors inspired by nature) color palette. The paint was in the Fusion line which is for plastic, but you can see on the can it’s also for metal, wood, wicker.
The Fusion paint didn’t want to adhere to this cheap mdf wood. So I used the Almond MAXX (in the same color palette) as a primer on the mdf. As you can see, the Honeydew worked great on the frame.
After a quick coat of the Almond, the Honeydew (Fusion) looked great on the cheap mdf.
I’m loving the color of this shelf, but I also love how versatile it is. It can be hung four different ways depending on the items you want to display.
Aren’t mother nature’s colors beautiful? I find this Restore color palette so calming and relaxing.
Updating thrift store items with spray paint
I asked for a few other colors in the Restore palette to paint some items for my Honeydew shelf. These are the thrift store items I gathered to paint. Some had already been used (and painted) by me. That’s the great thing about painting—so easy to change up your décor!
The small white vase got Oxford Blue (MAXX). I spray painted in my Homeright spray shelter on scrap plywood. I simply picked up the board and moved it aside so I could do another color.
The vase, candle koozie, and little architectural piece were treated to Krylon’s Khaki (MAXX)
This bird and vase were painted with Krylon’s Almond (MAXX). I liked both of these items in the white chalky paint, but I LOVED them after I painted them with this Almond color.
My “G” also got some Oxford Blue. I shared this photo last month on Instagram.
Pretty Green Shadow Box
ahhhhh, My new shelf makes me smile! I thought I loved the Oxford Blue the best, but I really am loving the bird and vase in Almond.
Here it is styled vertically instead of horizontally.
I chose to not put a back on this piece, to let the wall color show through. It would be easy to put a back on it, or even decoupage some fabric on the back. There really are a lot of ways to customize a project like this, especially if you’re using some Krylon spray paint to quickly (and easily) change up your items to suit your mood or the season. It’s just paint!
Soooo — about my shelf …… what would you do differently?
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disclaimer: I’ve been happily working with Krylon for several years. They chose the color palette, but all thoughts, opinions, and projects are my own. Krylon supplied me with the paint for this project and I was compensated for my time.