Monday, November 9, 2009

"I Could Make That" - Distressed Picture Frames

What are 2 paint-covered brushes, candles and a sander doing alongside this picture frame? I embraced my shabby chicness and distressed a frame this weekend! This project is part of a much larger "kitchen makeover" project for my Mom that will be done over the holidays. I am looking forward to sharing all of the nitty gritty organization, painting and storage details and am kicking things off with this little frame. My parents have a great garden so I came up with the wall art idea of framing 6 seed packet prints found on Distressing the picture frames will hopefully help solidify the country look.

After more than a few google searches to find the best (re: easiest) method of distressing a frame, I linked up with this one found during an image search. I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" RIBBA frame from IKEA and took out the backing and glass. After sanding the gloss off, it got a coat of red.

The red paint dried after about 20 minutes. The next step was to rub candle wax on the red paint. After I wore down a candle to the nub (I thought I would have an extra taper or votive lying around, but alas had to settle for a birthday cake candle!), I painted on a layer of gold. This took awhile because the rich red color really soaked up the gold paint. Also, the point of the wax was so the second color would not stick to the first color during the sanding, and I think I overdid the amount of wax I put on the frame. After the gold paint dried, the edge of the sander is used again, this time only on random parts of the frame to expose the color underneath, in this case red.

It only took me about an hour and I was pretty pleased with the result. I'll bring this guy home with me over Thanksgiving, check that Mom likes the look, confirm that it matches the new kitchen color scheme we pick out and then follow through on the other five frames sitting in the closet!

This post is Linked to Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Mondays

Check out how the frames turned out in my Mom's kitchen!


  1. I LOVE the seed packet prints! And nice job on the frame. Very shabby-chic.

  2. You did a wonderful job on the frame. It goes perfect with the onion print. Love it!


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