This Designer Transformed Cheap Picture Frames into a Plant Parent’s Dream

published Jun 17, 2020
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Empty, dated-looking, fake wood and gold eight-inch by ten-inch picture frame sitting on a wooden cabinet
Credit: AT Video

The best DIYers know how to make magic with almost nothing, working within small budgets, tight time frames, and limited materials. This spring brought a unique challenge, with stay-at-home guidelines issued in most states due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of Megan’s Mystery Makeover season two, we wanted to see how some of our favorite DIYers used this added new obstacle to inspire their creativity.

The rules for this DIY makeover challenge were simple: DIYers needed to make over something they already owned using materials they already had at home. We gave them an inspiration word to get started, and then we let them loose to create (and document the process).

Last week, inspired by her prompt of “the 1960s”, Elena of @thishouse5000 turned a bright orange ceramic kitchen crock into a charming pendant light. This week, we’re featuring designer and DIYer Mikel Welch, host of “Murder House Flip” and one of our Small/Cool 2020 designers. Welch’s designs feel cozy and sophisticated at the same time, and often feature plenty of natural elements. So we were eager to see how he interpreted his challenge prompt—the 1980s.

Welch bypassed neon, pastels, and wicker, and immediately reached for a box of 1980s-style “Golden Girls-looking” picture frames with dated gold accents to begin his DIY. He thought beyond the gallery wall, and instead carefully took apart the frames and reimagined them as a totally new design piece that would thrill his houseplants. The only supplies needed? Frames, screws, paint, and glue. Watch the impressive video above to see what he created, and get inspired for your own weekend project.