When I woke up this morning I had good intentions for the day. 

I had my to-do list all organized in my head. The day was planned according to that list and things looked productive. 

Then I made the mistake of sitting down and eating a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats. The mistake wasn’t in the cereal, the mistake was browsing through estatesales.net as I ate. I found a sale in its third and final day.

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know what that means. 

50% off day!!

To completely justify my driving 45 minutes and spending money, I planned on getting something on my to do list done while at the sale. That to-do item was framing Jack’s high school graduation picture. We bought an 11×14 picture and I needed a big frame. 

Luckily, this sale had a lot of antique frames for sale. So I looked at it as a “two birds with one stone” moment.

You would’ve done the same thing, right? 

Unlike 99% of the estate sales we go to, this one was in a building instead of a home. The building was listed for sale and had previously been a dance studio.  

Not real exciting since looking at the home is half of the fun of an estate sale. 

We didn’t spend a lot of time looking around once we got there. I knew what I wanted and found “the frame” very quickly. 

What I didn’t expect to find was this dresser. 

Another thing you will know if you’ve followed this blog for even a short amount of time? I’m impulsive. Where am I going to put the dresser? That’s TBD and will be a post for a different day. 

The frame I ended up getting was a 16×20 solid wood frame with ornate corners. 

I removed the back of the picture hoping that under the paper would be the original Declaration of Independence or a Van Gogh painting, but no. All I found was a lot of dust.

Can’t blame a girl for tryin’ .

Once everything was cleaned up with some Murphy Oil Soap and Windex, I cut a new mat, placed Jack’s picture inside and resealed the back of the picture with heavy craft paper. 

The fact that there are bubbles and nonremovable stains in the glass only added to the rustic vibe of the frame. 

I mean, really, Jack is wearing a red plaid shirt and sitting on the tailgate of a truck. 

A rustic vibe only makes sense. 

If you want to know how to cut a mat to the right size or have any questions about how to use Murphy Oil Soap I’m always here to help! 

Wendy