Now onto my latest project. While moving things from the basement to my new craft studio I found this frame that I purchased at Salvation Army a long time ago.
The price was right and I loved the shape.
I decided it was long overdue for a new life. I started by peeling off the backing.
It was glued on pretty well but it came off without too much trouble.
Then I proceeded to remove the picture and cardboard backing. I wanted to save the cardboard for what I was going to do. I had to removed these staples carefully so as not to rip it to shreds.
It needed a good cleaning. It sat in the basement for far too long and it was dirty. I washed it down with TSP. I removed the glass and gave that a good washing.
Once it was dry I gave it a couple of coats of paint and primer in one. I used Behr in Swiss Coffee (I think that's the correct color). I had it on hand from my hutch redo.
I watered the paint down a bit so it wouldn't give a full coverage. I like the original color showing through in spots.
I had this burlap left over from my mailbox project. I had purchased two yards originally because I loved it.
I cut a piece of the burlap to fit and wrapped it around the original cardboard insert.
I inserted it in the frame and pulled it tight. Then glued down the edges.
To cover up the messy back I cut a piece of brown craft paper to the size of the frame
and hot glued it all around.
Here it is all finished. I am using it as a try. I think I may add some handles to it. Not sure. What do you think? Handles or no handles?
I think I will head to Hobby Lobby because they have so many gorgeous handles, and see if there is anything that catches my eye.
This transformation is perfect and I am loving it.
I added some hydrangeas and a candle to the tray
and it sits on my hope chest. This hope chest came from Portugal and belonged to my grandmother.
I am thinking of painting it. I am a bit torn about it but think it would look fabulous with a new color.
Should I do it? If so, what color?????
Help me figure this out!!! I am a bit torn about painting an heirloom but not happy with the current finish.
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