I am so excited to bring you today’s transformation. I am actually transforming a couple pictures that I posted about last time. Here is the before:
These pictures are cute, but they don’t match my home in the least. I bought them because I loved the look of the bamboo frames around them and I saw potential in them. Also, you can’t see it in this pic, but the price tag was $.89 cents a piece.
The first thing I had to do was decide on a color for the frames. The wood stain on them was not in the best shape. I decided to go with white on the frame and a pastel mat, because these are going in my bedroom that is currently in the process of being painted light peach. I went with Martha Stewart Wedding Cake white acrylic paint. The mat is a textured light green scrap booking paper. Once I decided on the general look of the frame it was time to start the work.
First, you take the glass and the original art/card board out of the frame. With an old frame like this one that is no easy task (I sliced my finger pretty good and managed to break the glass in one of them and had to replace it with a piece from another frame). Then you can paint the frame. I ended up doing three coats on one of the frames and two coats on the other. The frames were a little different and they didn’t absorb the paint in the same way. Please overlook my messy work space!
While the paint is drying on the frame you can start prepping your mat. I took the original mat from the frame and traced it on my scrap booking paper (the paper I chose was thick, like cardstock). I then took an exacto knife and cut the mat out. It isn’t perfect, but DIY never is. I like the additional character of the flaws in hand made crafts.
For the actual art in the picture I did a simple Google search for sunset/sunrise pictures of Myrtle Beach. I found the two I chose fairly quickly, and with minimal resizing (done in Word) I was able to print them in a size that fit my frames perfectly.
scrap booking paper: 2(.59)-$1.18
Have you done any refurbishing projects lately? I would love to hear from you!