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For this month’s Thrifty Chicks Challenge is all about frames. So I decided to update a frame for Valentines Day. And of course, I had to make a little something to be framed by it. Each month we have a topic and challenge ourselves to update or upcycle it.
To start I cleaned it up in preparation for the using Old Fashioned Milk Paint. To protect the back of the frame stick a piece of cardboard in it.
I had some leftover paint from the piano stool project and added a touch of red for a dusty pink. And some Extra Bond to prevent chipping. It took 2 coats of paint.
This little frame has some charming details but they faded away after the paint job. Not a problem, I had the solution to pop those details out. I used a copper bronze glaze by Dixie Belle on the inside and outside edges. That also took a couple of coats.
Use white wax to seal it. But not the copper glaze parts. I guess I could have called it done but I always think a frame should be filled with something.
I took a piece of cardboard and cut it to size. It got painted with a white craft paint. Once again 2 coats. To tie it in with the frame I dipped my brush into the copper bronze glaze and glided the tips across the white cardboard. Vertical strokes.
I’m not done yet. I found a 2-inch wooden heart I had painted years ago. The heart got refreshed with craft paint. And then a wash of the copper bronze glaze.
Then I got out the tin of buttons. I have been collecting these for years. I pulled out the white ones of various sizes. And would you believe I found a white heart button? I arranged the buttons on the heart and started gluing them down. The end design will change as the buttons are glued down.
You can eyeball where to glue down the heart. Then put it all together. And that is how to update a frame for Valentines Day. Isn’t it a precious way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Be sure to check out the projects my Thrifty Chicks Friends made this month.
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Thrift Store Frame with a design Cardboard
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