Monday, August 19, 2013

Altered Frame

Hello Crafty Friends!

I was thrilled when my order arrived with a bunch of products from the new Close to my Heart Idea Book! Included in that order was two Designed Decor Colonial White Frames. These are high quality frames that have hangers already attached so you can mount them on your wall either vertically or horizontally. The frame measures 15"x20.5" and the inside wire part of the frame measures 12"x13.5".

The quality and detail are amazing! I had planned to leave the frames white, but all the trim in my house is bright white and these frames come in a creamy off white color. So I decided to alter them! 

 Love all the detail on the frame!

Golden Fluid Acrylic paint adheres well to the slippery surface of the frame so I didn't have to do any sanding or priming. Distress Paints should also work really well since they adhere to many surfaces. I think regular craft paint would likely just flake off after drying, so it's worth it to invest in a higher quality paint. I only had to apply one coat of the teal paint.

I wanted to make these frames look antiqued to match my decor, so I brushed on a coat of Antique Bronze Distress Paint and then before it dried I removed most of it with a paper towel. This created a glazing effect on the frames and allowed some of the teal to still show through. You need to work in small sections though because the Distress Paints dry fairly fast and are permanent when dry.

I am so happy with how this project turned out! The frames look so different after being altered and I love the antique look. My plan is to hang one above the other on a small wall in my classroom where I can attach samples, projects or class schedules. There are so many ways these blank frames could be altered, the only limit is your imagination!

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