Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Frame Makeover

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I love to find funky frames at thrift stores!
A few tips for finding a frame worthy of a re-do
  • Look for a real wood frame. Plastic will still look like plastic, even when re-painted
  • Make sure the price is right! More than $2-3 is probably too much
  • Find a frame with real glass that is in good shape
  • Look for a frame with a good backing on it, and a way to hang/display it. You don't want a cool frame with no backing. It will be pain. Trust me!

I found a great frame last week on my trip to goodwill. LOVE the details! (the artwork....is hideous!) I knew I wanted something....BLUE this time! I've been feeling a little overdosed on black lately. Is that possible?

I LOVE this color spray paint. It is Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze. It is FABulous.
So, I just gave my frame a few, LIGHT coats of spray paint. I let it dry completely (the hard part, I know....)The color is GREAT!

Next, I wanted to use a black glaze. I've been seeing them used a lot in blogland lately, but didn't have any on hand. I read a tip somewhere (don't remember where) that you can make your own glaze by watering down paint.

TIP: a glaze makes your frame look especially good if you have details you want to bring out. It doesn't do much if you just have a plain frame. I wanted
a glaze for this frame b/c of the interesting lines it had.

To make my own glaze, I grabbed my black acrylic paint and added a little water. I made it pretty runny. I used a foam brush to apply it to the frame, making sure to get in all the cracks.
I then wiped off the excess with a paper towel, until I got the amount of black on there I wanted.
I repeated the brush on/wipe off thing a few times.

Turned out pretty sweet!
I cleaned the glass before I added my final touches. EWWW!

I added some burlap for a background. Like in this post.

I printed off a cute black and white photo of Miss J, and called it good!

Here's BEFORE:

Here's AFTER:
Go find a frame to re-do! It's so fun to make something fabulous for cheap!

I'm linking up over at Domestically Speaking
A Soft Place to Land and Finding Fabulous and Craftaholics Anonymous!


  1. so darling I love what you did. The color choice and technique! The burlap is sure cute too! ;) JGG

  2. Yours is a vast improvement over the original. Nice job!

  3. It's better than good...it's really great! I like that you made your own glaze. It turned out so well!


  4. Sarah I LOVE IT!!!! You also make it looks so easy!
    You are VERY crafty!....Why are you not doing homemake??

  5. oh I love this! Love the touch of burlap and the color! Great job

  6. What a gorgeous frame! Love the blue with the black glaze. And the burlap matte! Perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  7. What a gorgeous frame!! What?! You didn't like the mushroom picture? :) You have a great eye for spotting frames. I don't know if I could have looked past the 'schrooms. Great job on the project. Love it!

  8. Oh I love, love, love it! I love old chunky frames too. and I love the color you chose. Sooo cute!

  9. I am so going to try this! Thanks :)


  10. I just can't see what you see, but I am getting there.

  11. I bought the same frame/picture at my Goodwill last week in NC! That is just to funny that they are the same. Didn't know what I was going to do with it, just liked the frame. Thanks for sharing and given me a idea for mine. Blessings, Vicky

  12. Very nice. I love the color you chose. As the background color to your glaze.


  13. LOVE that color. Never thought to use burlap as a mat- great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  14. so fyi, josh saw this post and got inspired. HE did it. crazy, right? haha, thanks for the new frame :]

  15. Love the teal color! turned out awesome!

  16. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about making your own glaze! Does it matter what kind of paint? Great project! Thanks for sharing your step-by-step process! It really helps a newbie like myself!

  17. I love your blog, it is si inspiring!!!! Your work is amazing!

  18. Very crafty and love touch of burlap! I have few dark brown wood frames that I was thinking of spray painting in metallic bronze color. Do you think I need to prime before I spray paint? If yes, can or spray primer? Any suggestions? Love to get your feedback. Thanks!


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