How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

I love to hang pieces of art on my wall, whether it is a photo, something my children have drawn or even my favourite album covers. Rather than buying frames which always feel a little more staged, I like the idea of using something else to hang them from. This month I have chosen to use vintage trouser hangers, painted using blush pink and copper Annie Sloan product, to create a feature wall of treasured images in my daughter’s room.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

MATERIALS USED:

  • Vintage wooden trouser clip hangers
  • Annie Sloan chalk paint in Antoinette
  • Annie Sloan Gilding Wax in copper
  • Spray paint in gloss copper

EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Soft cloth
  • Face mask

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT 

Step 1: Prepare your hangers by removing any stains/marks.

Step 2: Using masking tape, cover the wood around the hanger, ready to spray paint the metal.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

Step 3: In a ventilated area, with a mask over your face, spray the metal parts in spray paint. I chose a high shine copper colour. Spray on both sides ensuring you spray underneath too. Leave to dry fully.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

Step 4: Remove the masking tape.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

Step 5: Paint the hangers using chalk paint – I used Annie Sloan number 53 called Antoinette. Leave to dry.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

TOP TIP

You will only need a sample size pot for this project. The great thing about chalk paint is the surface needs minimum preparation which saves time.

Step 6: Using a tiny amount of the copper gilding wax, gently run onto the hanger with a soft clean cloth. I chose to cover 2 hangers with the copper and leave one pink.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

TOP TIP
Only use the copper on one side of the hanger so that none comes off on your wall.

Step 7: To create patterns with the copper wax, position masking tape onto the hanger and gently run the copper into the gaps. I chose a triangle pattern. When dry remove the masking tape to reveal your design.

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers
How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

TOP TIP

I wanted all my hangers to be facing the same way, so make sure you add the copper pattern onto the right side!

I loved these and they are simple! They also look fab hanging up your favourite vinyl covers as they are works of art in themselves!

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

How to create picture frames from vintage trouser hangers

This was my September project for Reloved Magazine. Read all my other DIY upcycling projects here.

 

 

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