I’ve had this frame in my garage for I don’t even know how long! 🙃 I picked it up at a thrift store thinking it would be a great project with all the detail it has. I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it until now. 🙂
I love using chalk paint on my craft projects because it will adhere to just about any surface and comes in so many great colors. I wanted my frame to have a farmhouse feel so I used my go to Americana Décor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting White to paint my frame. It’s my favorite white chalk paint to use on smaller craft projects.
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Here’s what my frame looked like before I started. Lots of detail, but it didn’t really go with my decor. The first thing I did was to remove the wire hanger from the back – it was rusted and unusable. Then I cleaned the frame with warm soapy water and let it dry thoroughly.
I painted the entire frame – front and back – with 2 coats of Americana Décor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting White. Make sure to let the paint completely dry between coats. I used a chip brush to apply the paint which worked great getting into all the nooks and crannies on the front of the frame.
Once the paint was dry, I brought out the detail on the frame by dry brushing gray acrylic paint over the entire frame. (This is a great set if you need to add acrylic paint to your craft supplies.)
I had a 6-inch grapevine wreath that I wanted to hang in my frame. I put a 1.5-inch wide ribbon through the wreath, tied a knot at the top, and hot glued the knot to the top of the frame. Because of the thickness of my frame, the knot didn’t show. If you use a thinner frame, you can glue the ribbon to the back of the frame.
And here is my finished frame. I love the way it turned out! I think I may hang it in my bathroom – I haven’t completely decided yet. I have gray walls and think it will look really pretty against the darker hue. 🙂
Keep your eyes open as you are thrifting or shopping garage sales. It’s amazing what a couple coats of paint can do!