Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Large Frame Reno

When I say LARGE frame, I mean it!  I found this frame when I was out antique shopping with my in-laws.  It filled the entire inside of my mother-in-law's SUV and my sister-in-law and I had to sit inside it! HAHA!  I took the picture above so you could begin to get the idea of its size.

Here are the before pictures:

The frame had an interesting inside frame that was this green felt on some sort of plywood!?  Really classy!!  I was able to pry that layer off...haha!!

Once again I chose to use chalk paint for the vintage look that it creates.  I started with Annie Sloan Pure White.  I used a small paintbrush to get into all the detail areas that my large brush couldn't do.  I only used one coat and then I added A.S. Duck Egg to accent specific areas I wanted to stand out. 

I just barely touched my brush in the blue paint and then dabbed most of it off.  Then I ran the brush over the part I wanted blue and quickly wiped some of the paint off with a paper towel.  If you remember from my other blogs about Chalk Paint, once you paint on top of the first coat, it reactivates the first layer.  So when I went to rub off some of the blue, it took off the reactivated white as well in spots.

Once I was done with the blue, I used a fine sand paper block to lightly brush at the rest of the frame.  Since the frame was originally that gorgeous* gold (*insert sarcasm)... when I lightly sanded it, the gold shows through just a tad, which I think helps the piece look unique. 

Once we are in our new home, I am planning to use this above our mantel!! Can't wait. 
Sweet & Simple!
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  1. Your frame is beautiful! Duck Egg is one of my favorite colors! I have not tried the Pure White yet. I do love the Old White. You just can't go wrong with the ASCP!

    1. Thank you Melissa! Pure White is very true to it's name and compared to Old White... OW has a warmer almost cream look. All a matter of preference. I think doing a layer of OW & then a layer of PW and sanding would look BEAUTIFUL!


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