Yes April is here already and spring is in full swing. The sun is making an appearance and my garden is coming back to life yey! With it comes new lease of life and an urge to "get things done while its dry!" So far ive (finally) got my dining table out on the patio for a sand down plus my bedroom has had a complete new paint job thanks to Valspar Paint Club, but more about that in a future post...
After changing the wall colour in my bedroom from a cream to greige it became apparent that my old frames, which were also a yellowy cream, just didn't go. But I still liked them! Especially as the two containing cross stitch pictures which were custom made gifts from mum. The answer? Paint them!
Like most decorating addicts I have a stash of tester pots so I sorted out a few shades, the first is a silver grey from Homebase, second a metallic gold from Crown and third was the colour actually being used in my bedroom, Folk Blue by Valspar. Before starting I simply removed the pictures and glass then wiped down the frames with a damp cloth and washing up liquid to make sure there's no loose dust or polish residue.
The large square had 2 coats of silver grey, 2 of gold on the small rectangle and I went for the blue on the roses.
The roses took ages... as the carving pattern is quite deep I had to apply the paint by stippling it into the holes.
If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen my video stories...
...because while I was doing it I quite liked the effect created by just lightly brushing the colour over, (picture above) see how the paint just catches the edges of the petals? This gave me an idea for using the gold over the top...
I just used the tiny amount of paint in the lid of the tester pot and kept the brush almost dry (dab off excess paint on paper if there's too much on your brush) to lightly sweep over the frame. I then went back over adding a little more to highlight the leaves.
The result, I think, is quite dramatic and expensive looking!
I then had the gold bug so I also used the same technique to add touches to the grey frame. There you go - New frames in an hour that cost nothing, even if you had to go and buy the paint it's still under £10. Plus it's a lot more rewarding and fun, it's even simple enough to get kids involved (just make sure an adult removes the glass obviously!) Go on, have a go!
Im a Black Country (that's near Birmingham) Welsh craft making, piano playing, home painting, logo designing, cat loving, crazy dancing girl!