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Updated: May 26, 2020

I had been picking up tennis racket brackets at yard sales for a while now. I knew I wanted to transform them into frames somehow, but they had been sitting for a while. Last weekend I finally tackled this project!

Some had a nice patina, some were unfinished wood.

I took them apart. Some of the screws were rusted and were difficult to remove from the wing nuts.

I added a coat of Traditional Pecan from Varathane to the pieces that were plain wood with little patina. It gave them a nice warm feel.

Since the original screws were rusty, I replaced all the screws. I didn't want them to have a new look so I painted the tops black to look better with the wood.

I had eight total of various sizes. They all have a nice warm patina now. I coated them all with a matte polyurethane.

I twisted some jewelry wire and attached it to the springs between the brackets. I added a couple of clips and some images. The really make an unusual frame.

The dual boards allow the piece to stand alone on a surface or they could be hung on a wall. I added a simple picture hanger on the back of the frame.

This was a super simple project that took minimal skill and zero power tools.

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.