Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Chunky Frames

I wanted some frames that were a little more fancy than the ones I could buy at Wal-Mart, but don't really want to spend the money on fancy, chunky frames from other, high-end stores. So, for this post, because I forgot to do a before of the chunky frames I had on hand, I headed to my local thrift store and bought two frames: a fancy, filigree one for $.99 and a larger raised one for $1.99. I have plans for three of the chunky frames which I will post about later.
Finished frame (meh, the picture doesn't fit - I'm still deciding which picture to put in there.)
Make sure the two frames you purchase fit together nicely.
Frame one, I chose an 8x10 size with raised wood, to match the other two frames I've already made.

Frame two, I got a 4x6 size with the filigree on the outside.

I usually don't worry about sanding or priming my frames since they don't get the wear that furniture would. Spray paint your chosen color (I'm pretty boring and use white A LOT!).

I like to use this antiquing glaze to add depth and interest to the frames.
My tool of choice to apply the glaze into the grooves.

Coat it pretty well, then wipe away with a damp cloth.  You'll have some time and room for error and reapplication, so have fun with it!

Small frame finished.

Big frame finished.

I used super glue to put the two frames together, I didn't want my frames to fall apart while hanging on the wall.  (With a glue gun that may have been the case.)
The three I've finished.  The one on the top left sinks in, instead of being raised and I didn't like it, so I was happy to find the new (unpainted) ones today to replace it with.  Again, depending on where I got the frames it's a pretty inexpensive project.  The two today cost about $3 plus the tools and supplies I had on hand.  The others were frames I had gotten for free at a garage sale, or ones that were colors that didn't fit my decor anymore that I've had since I was married, etc.  Soon they'll all match!

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