I absolutely love shopping at the flea market, thrift stores and yard sales. I love finding things for just a few dollars and then turning them into something spectacular! I recently found this frame for only $1 and I completely transformed it from drab to FAB!!!
Below is the frame as I put it into my garage paint booth. I painted it with Rustoleum Aqua Satin spray paint.
This paint is awesome because it adheres to plastic, metal or wood. This frame is a 1970's molded plastic so the paint worked perfectly without any need for primer. Also in the picture below you can see another larger frame that I am working on too. It is a wood and gesso frame which this paint works on too :)
The aqua color is quite bright, in fact it's almost a turquoise color. I was looking for something a little softer so I pulled out some translucent color glaze that is made by Valspar (color Mocha) and a couple of other colors of aqua paint to blend if needed.
I used a sponge brush to apply a little of the glaze directly over the paint onto the frame. It definitely softened the look and I started falling in love with the color blend!!! The glaze knocked the color intensity down a few notches. I didn't need to use any of the other aqua paints since the glaze did exactly what I wanted it to.
I allowed the glaze to sit for about 5 minutes and then I wiped it with a damp paper towel to remove any excess glaze.
I found this cute saying which is on a thin piece of board and has a magnet on the back. It was intended to be a refrigerator magnet, but I really wanted to frame it! This saying was in our kitchen my entire childhood, so when I found this magnet a few years ago I had to have it. I just never knew what I was going to do with it. My vintage frame came with glass and a backer-board which I put back into the frame after I was done painting it. I put a piece of dark brown craft paper behind the glass to serve as a border to the saying since the board is smaller than the frame opening. I used two sided craft tape to attach the magnet board onto the outside of the glass (it is too thick to fit under the glass)...
There you have it. I love how it turned out! It now sits proudly in our kitchen and reminds us how very blessed we are!
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