Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vintage Frame Makeover

Everywhere you look, you see frames re-purposed to hold photos, mail, etc.  I have a collection of Luke Bailey's bandannas and needed a way to organize them.  Before we get started on the tutorial, I wanted you to meet the inspiration for this project!  Here is our Luke Bailey catching up on a little reading!
Now back to the project!  I did a little shopping and after discovering the price tag on re-purposed frames, I decided to make one myself.  Even with a coupon, the purchased ones were more than I was willing to spend.
I started with a vintage frame that I was not using.  The frame was from a pair of paintings which belonged to my grandmother and had been recently given to me. You may be familiar with these paintings. They are known as Pinky and Blue Boy. My grandmother loved her Pinky and Blue Boy! Poor Pinky's frame was in awful condition, so I gave Pinky and Blue Boy fresh, new frames. My grandmother would be proud of their new and improved look! Blue Boys frame was in good condition so I thought it would be perfect for this project. Follow along for a quick tutorial!
After a little brushing off, I painted the entire frame with a white chalk paint.  After the paint dried, I roughed up the frame with a sanding block.
Next step was to buff on a little Annie Sloan wax.  This is her clear wax.  Love the way it feels! Do you think it would work as a hand cream?!
Due to the age of the frame, I decided to hot glue the twine strips on the back of the frame instead of securing the twine with screws.  The trick here is to hot glue one side and allow that side to cool completely. Then while holding the twine tautly, hot glue the other side.  To keep my fingers from the dreaded hot glue burn, I used the end of a screwdriver to hold the string in place while the hot glue dried.  Lastly, I gave each side an extra dose of hot glue to make sure that the twine was good and secure.  Sorry, but I didn't get any pictures of this.  Two hands were occupied and Mr. Still Woods was nowhere in sight!

Here is the finished project!  My cost for this project was nominal.   With the exception of the miniature clothes pins, I already had everything for this project.  The clothes pins with an additional percentage off cost $1.92. That is a lot better than $49.99!
Now, little Luke Bailey has all his bandannas ready for a daily outing.  The bow tie is his favorite formal wear!
This is such an easy and great project.  I plan to make another one and use it my home office as an idea board.  Don't you think this would be a fabulous Christmas gift?  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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8 comments:

  1. This is darling! I have a special place in my heart for all things vintage too... and old chippy frames! My grandma had the same Pinky and Blue boy paintings so I feel right at home here! Happy to have made your acquaintance as your neighbor at Grace at Home ♥

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    1. I am so glad you stopped by:) I have always loved my grandmother's Pinky and Blue Boy and was pleasantly surprised when my cousin offered the set to me. I was glad to be able to use one of the frames in a different way. Have a wonderful evening!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. Just adorable! What a creative way to display them!

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    1. Hi Debby Ray!
      Thank you...I like the way it turned out! It was easy and inexpensive. Now on to my next crafting adventure! Thanks for stopping by and come back soon.
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhoouse

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  3. Such a simple idea but it looks really fabulous

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Hi Molly,
      Thanks for stopping by! It is a simple project and I like the way it turned out. Do you have a need for something like this in your home? I'm looking forward to making another one to use in my home office/craft room. Have a wonderful weekend!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  4. What a clever idea!

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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    1. It was my pleasure! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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