Thursday, August 25, 2011

Give a face-lift to a frame...

I love finding vintage frames with character and my eye has been drawn to lots of oval shapes as of late.
So when I found this frame at my local thrift store I was SOLD right away ... and for $4 (it was 1/2 off day) it made the sale even sweeter! 
I'm not in love with gold - especially when it's a decoration in my home - so she's been sitting around the house for quite some time waiting for me to decide just exactly how I wanted to transform her.

I didn't want to just put a picture or quote in my frame ... I wanted to think a little more outside the box and come up with something unique.

The frame has a very rough edged piece of hand cut glass and hand cut piece of cardboard nestled inside which I didn't know what to do with, but I held onto it anyway....and I'm so glad I did!
That piece of glass is just what I needed to transform this frame into something more modern and unique.
So....I sanded her a little, gave her a fresh coat of paint and the transformation began. 

I used my silhouette machine and some vinyl to cut out the words from a quote I saw HERE and loved because it spoke to me of the immense amounts of joy my three handsome men bring to my life everyday.
(if you don't have a silhouette or cricket, you could easily print out your quote on paper and tape it over the vinyl ...then hand cut the letters out of your vinyl or you could even use contact paper)

Then I used my glass etching cream -I bought mine at Michael's with a coupon - it's a little pricey!
I just followed the directions on the bottle and when I was done waiting for it to do it's job, I peeled off my vinyl and washed my glass. 
I was so excited it worked, I squealed with delight because I had only ONE chance to get it right! 

To finish her off, I secured the glass with pins into the wood on the back and tossed out the cardboard.
Here she is in her place as an addition to my new favorite room in the house!
I'm in love with her new face-lift, now what do YOU think?
(Without the painting and drying the project took approximately 45 minutes.)

linked up with:
Blue Cricket Design
Not JUST a Housewife
Mommy by day crafter by night
Making the World Cuter
The Shabby Nest
30 Handmade Days


Kristy said...

Love is awesome on your stenciled wall.

Sara, Nick, and kids said...

Wow that is amazing! You rock.

Lindsay said...

I just LOVE it!!!

Meredith Resnick said...

I LOVE this. I must do this... So many great sayings could go on there!

~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking

A Mother Seeking...

P.S. Found you on Made by You Mondays.
This week on A Mother Seeking: I Created A Birdhouse Dream House

Ashley J said...

This turned out so cute!! Great job! I would love it if you would link this up to my Ta-Da Tuesday link party starting tonight at midnight!!

xoxo, Ashley J

Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Love it on your wall!!! And the love the wording. So happy and fun!
following you now

Mique said...

I absolutely love it too! Thank you for linking it up yesterday. ;) xo

Running on Happiness said...

SOOO cute!!! Need to do this.

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