I've been on the hold up with projects, cuz those tend to make messes, and people want to come look at my house to buy it (know anyone on the market for a cute house in Shattuck?) so it's counterproductive. BUT, I've been in such a crafting mood lately! I think it's equal parts that Holiday seasons just tend to inspire crafts and the fact that daydreaming of how I'm going to decorate my next home gives me ideas. And thus, crafting wins again!
I found these frames at the thrift store several months ago, loved the frames, not too crazy about the art. Obviously they're probably for a cute little girls room or something. Frames are something I look for a lot a thrift stores. They can be expensive regularly and you can find some really unique ones that just need a little paint for cheap! I often keep a running list of the measurements of things I need framed and bring a measuring tape with me when thrift shopping. Not that I'm weird or anything. These were $5 each!
I had this Country Chic "Bliss" chalk paint leftover from my dining room table remodel (see here) and I'm just really into this color lately, so I've been wanting to tie it into my home more. I knew I didn't have a ton left and thought these frames would be the perfect place to incorporate the color. I had never used wax before, but I wanted to try it to really bring out the details in the design of the frame. At Walmart they have these little Waverly bottles of wax for around $1! I bought two to be safe, but had plenty leftover in just one bottle for both frames, it goes a long way!
I'm not super experienced with chalk paint, but I have learned when using it, you need to make for sure each layer is completely dry before adding another, otherwise it gets really gloppy (is that a word?). You also want to make sure you have a good brush. The good thing with chalk paint is that it requires no sanding or stripping of the former color of paint or stain. Even with how thick the paint is, these frames still required two layers.
The bottles of wax have instructions, but I kind of just played it by ear. My tips are to paint it on a small portion of the surface then wipe off the desired amount with a lint-free cloth, per the instructions. I used a paper towel, heh. When I applied it to a larger surface area I felt like it dried too fast to where it didn't come off in the way I wanted it to. I used a q-tip (and now I'm wondering why q-tips are called q-tips?) for the small inner spaces.
This is what it looks like with the wax compared to without. I like how it brings out the carving details, but did not like how it yellowed the color so much. After I went over it with the paper towel, I took a wet cloth (specifically a lysol wipe) to get some more of the color off. It still left plenty in the grooves as well as left the slightly waxy texture to the frame to make it more "sealed".
Then I was torn, display art in these frames? photos? what? To display art would mean I would need to create some to fit the frames, and I always love photo displays, so photos it is! (I still kept the glass so I could switch it out later)
I found these little canvas, silver foiled fat quarter material bundles at Walmart. I have some pillows with this kind of material on my dining room benches so I thought they would be perfect to carry through so I got some silver ribbon to go with it. I used the foam core backing that came with the frames and cut out one layer of batting to fit the squares.
Batting makes for a nice pillow.
Simply hot glue the batting and the material onto the foam core, just make sure you pull your fabric tight so it's not wrinkly on the front! Space out your ribbons as desired and hot glue to the back.
Aaaah! I love them! I'm thinking of making some pillow cases out of this material for my couch, but would that be too matchy-matchy? Here's a closer look at this fabric-
And with photos-
What a difference a little paint makes! This project, considering that I already had the chalk paint and batting on hand, cost me roughly $18! I love the feeling of accomplishment from a good project! Hope you all have a great weekend, friends!