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5 Unusual Ways to Use Picture Frames

There are more ways than one to use a frame. It’s as simple as that. Before you buy  a beautifully ornate frame and think, “Wait, what photo will I put it in?” Please realize that it’s not about the photo, sometimes it’s all about how to use the frame without using it to display a family portrait. And sometimes using a frame in an unexpected way, is just what you need to bring some surprise design into your home.

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No one realizes the impact a simple frame can have on your home, your room or a small space in your office. Without sticking to the ritual of buying a frame, popping in a photo and setting it on a table or hanging it on a wall … do a bit of brainstorming. If you run across a frame you simply must have, buy it and then decide what part of your home needs a little redesign.

Now take a look at a few surprises we found from some very creative people using picture frames in some fun and unusual ways. Maybe it’ll spark some inspiration.

1. Frame a bookshelf.

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Whether it’s floating or just smaller, framing a bookshelf is a bit out-of-the-box but still very chic. It’s a clean, inspiring way to signify the books’ significance and draw attention to your creative spirit.{found oncasasugar}.

2. Make your own art.

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Use frames to make a collage. Just because there aren’t any design inside doesn’t lessen the impact of the art that the frames will make on their own.{found on martha}.

3. Add a magnet.

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Take your smaller frames, add some magnet strips and take out the glass. Insert your to-do lists, memos and grocery lists and Voila! you’ve not only spruced up the look of your fridge but also made jotting down your chores a bit cuter.{found on tocrave}.

4. Vanity trays.

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Sometimes we run across the most beautiful, vintage frames but we don’t have anything we can do with them. Instead of trying to hang it up convert it into a vanity tray. Whether you insert some printed scrapbook paper or leave the glass transparent it’s a perfect way to show off your perfumes and add some femininity to your space.{found on thumb}.

#5. Cover the thermostat.

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Having done this in my home already, I believe it’s genius. It’s a great way to steer the eye away from the boring thermostat and liven up the wall it inhabits. Especially when you’ve got other pieces of art on the wall.{found on blogspot}.

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice on April 19, 2012

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Grace Lynne Fleming
From the outskirts of Nashville, I couldn't imagine calling anywhere else home. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in Communication, I'm a lover of words.

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