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How To Upcycle An Old Frame Into A Postcard Display

Thanks so much for all the sweet comments about the painted stairs in our garage! I truly am so glad that I put a little effort into that grungy area – it’s so much better to view this instead of the dirty (and unwashable) “before” stairs!
At the top of the stairs is the entrance to the house and our mudroom. The previous owners added this space to the garage, but the whole area from the stairs to the landing, the mudroom and the ceiling, were all just “roughed” out and in need of finishing and a little beautification. I thought this would be a fun place to hang postcards we’ve received from friends and family.
I had a large picture frame whose picture and glass were long gone, and it was perfect for the wall at the top of the stairs. I bought a small roll of chicken wire (24″ by…36″ maybe? – found in the fencing section in the outdoor area of Lowes and properly termed “poultry netting”) for under $3 on clearance.


I cut the wire a little longer than the length of the frame and stapled it to the outer edge, then wrapped the excess wire over the staple for added security.
 Then I added these little gadgets for hanging onto screws that I drilled into the landing wall.
I used the leftover Fantasy Blue paint from the stairs to give an old white frame a little color and then roughed it up a bit with a sanding block.
The postcard display makes this humble entry a little more fun.

Our outside fridge is the perfect spot for all those magnetic frames that used to have residence in the kitchen until I couldn’t take the chaos anymore.

This landing is also a great place for a bulletin board for the recycling schedule, kid’s art and amusements. {How perfect is this little diddy below for us, with my redheads and big slobbery dog??}

Eventually the postcard display board was moved to our basement where we hung all our travel photos – read more about that space here,

An empty picture frame is repurposed as a postcard display.


or check out how I DIYed a huge bulletin board for the garage entry a couple years later!
Cover an entire wall with a bulletin board.

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Privet and Holly

Tuesday 20th of September 2011

So fun andmade me smile,'cause I suggestedthat B. use chickenwire on that big'ol frame....andnot only did shedo that, she paintedit and added thePEEPS, taking thewhole thing up alot of notches!!Love that you wereable to do yourown version; it'sperfect, Lisa!xx Suzanne

Fishtail Cottage

Tuesday 20th of September 2011

Fantastic post! would love to make something like this for my college student! & what a great idea w/Christmas around the corner? Great way to display Christmas cards! love it! oxox, tracie


Sunday 18th of September 2011

i am totally stealing the "peeps" idea! i love love love it! :D

lisa, you're so wonderful & full of inspiring things. thanks for sharing!


Saturday 17th of September 2011

Love your postcard display! Have a great weekend!-Shelley

John and Sandy

Saturday 17th of September 2011

I hope I won't be a stranger too long.