Guest Post: Thrifted Frame Upcycle from Just a Girl and Her Blog

Hello, Alderberry Hill readers! I am Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog, and I am so thrilled to be guest posting for the sweet and talented Miss Sarah today! Over at my blog, you’ll find posts about all things creative–from crafts and DIY to recipes and mommy projects…I may even throw in a random happy thought or two. icon wink Guest Post: Thrifted Frame Upcycle from Just a Girl and Her Blog You’ll also find that I’m one of the cheapest thriftiest people on the planet!

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I love taking items that have lost their luster and making them beautiful again, so when I found this old, outdated frame at our local thrift store, I knew I wanted to give it new life.

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It may not have started out so pretty, but it had so much potential! My plan was to turn my thrifted find into a focal piece to hang above my husband’s dresser, using a little Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and some DIY art to give it a more updated, masculine feel.

I gave the frame a thorough cleaning, and though I eventually wanted it to be white, I began by painting the entire thing black. {It will make sense, I promise!} I knew I would be distressing the frame, and I wanted the black to be peeking through rather than the brassy gold.

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Ooh so much better already, right? I waited for the paint to dry completely before applying Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. {If the base coat is wet at all when you apply your chalk paint, it could cause cracking in the paint. Not that I would know that from experience or anything… ;)} I used two coats of Pure White, then sanded down the edges for a more distressed look. After giving the frame a coat of Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, I buffed it with a clean cloth until it shined beautifully!

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Then it was time to add the art. Believe it or not, I use Microsoft Word for a lot of my graphic design projects {check out my tutorial on making pretty labels in Word!}, so when I wanted to create a deer silhouette for my frame, that’s exactly where I headed. I simply chose a piece of Clip Art, cropped it, and took the brightness down to -100% to turn it into a silhouette.

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From there I just printed it onto card stock, cut it out, and used spray adhesive to attach it to a piece of scrapbook paper–easy peasy! {and also FREE!}

After giving the original mat a quick coat of spray paint, I was ready to put it all together…

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Pretty good for a thrifted frame and some easy DIY art! I love it because of the transformation from old and tacky to fresh and fabulous, and my hubby loves it because, well, it’s a deer..and what man doesn’t like that?! Let’s take a look at the before and after, shall we?

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Yay! I love a good B & A!

Thank you so much to Sarah for having me on her beautiful blog today, and thank YOU for reading! I would love to have you over for a visit at Just a Girl and Her Blog– you can also join the fun on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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So thrilled to have you Abby, thanks so much for guest posting!

Comments

  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Wow! That made it look so easy! Totally trying this …. I may just go nuts with the silhouette’s now :)

  2. so pretty! I know for sure any man would like it because of the deer! you did a great job Abby!
    Love Abby’s blog she always has great posts; very creative! :-)
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  3. Wow. Amazing. It went from drab to fab! Love the chic modern look! Great job! If you get time come visit my blog. I am giving away a moss ampersand! Pinning this!
    Karen

  4. What a transformation, this is such an adorable piece now!!
    Krista

  5. What a fantastic before and after, Abby! I love that you created the silhouette using Word clip art! I need to give that a try :) Thanks so much for sharing!
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  6. This is super cute! It looks a gazillion times better! Pinned it :)
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  7. I can’t get over the transformation! Love it. Pinning!
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  8. Wow. I kind of can’t believe how dramatic this transformation was between the before and after. You really know how to work wonders with some paint and paper. (Oh, and an incredible eye for design.) Way to go, Abby!
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