Thursday, March 17, 2011

Altered Frame

I had this frame laying around the house and decided that I would use it to frame my print of the Eiffel Tower.  It's a large 13" x 16" wooden frame painted gold and I didn't think it did the print any justice at all being that it was a bit on the "old fashioned" side.... and not in a good way!  So I decided to change it to suit my decor.

 This was the original frame

Firstly I painted the wooden frame with acrylic paint (Espresso), then a clear coat of crackle medium and lastly a thick coat of white acrylic paint. As the white paint started to dry the crackle took effect

I wasn't happy with how white it looked so I sponge painted antique white over the entire frame
and then distressed it with Walnut Stain ink
Next step was to work on the inside mat
I didn't like the plain white mat so I used some gel medium (matte finish) and put a light coat all over the mat and then layered old book paper on top and lifted it to reveal reverse print on the matting. 
It was still looking a little stark so I distressed the print with Tim Holtz distress inks; "Brushed Corduroy"all over and "Walnut Stain" around the edges.
I painted the inside 1/4" interior strip Espresso and roughed it up a bit with a sanding block.
and here is the finished product

Til next time... Enjoy!


Susan said...

Love it Val!

Ann at Prairie Primrose said...

Bravo! Wonderful!

stampinglyn said...

Valery...WOW!!!...this is absolutely stunning!!! You've done an amazing job...I just love it!


Betty Anne said...

Wow Valery, the frame turned out fantastic. Great job.

Debby said...

Very pretty Valery! Love how it turned out! I am a sucker fro frames, so this will come in handy for me. Have a great weekend!

Tanya said...

Love what you've done with this! New follower :)

Denise @ SpareChangeChic said...

I found you over on Craft Gossip. Your frame and mat turned out amazing and perfect for the print.

Judi said...



Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

Awesome!! I have a few frames that could use some awesome-ness like that!

I'm a new follower. Hope you can stop by sometime. Cute blog!

Have a great Tuesday!


Anonymous said...

Wowwww excellent idea!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Sabrina Brett said...

I can't wait to try this. Thank you! New Follower.

Barbara Jean said...

clever girl. I love how it turned out with the reverse prints.

thanks for sharing.

barbara jean