Just a Frame

Today I am joining a group of very talented bloggers for the Pinterest ChallengeThe purpose of this challenge is not just to pin ideas, but make them happen. Since today is National Thrift Shop Day, the theme is 'Thrift/Upcycle'.  Let's get started.....

It was afternoon at a yard sale and there was this frame leaning against the wall. 

It didn't look like this.
It looked like this:
It had pretty details.
I wasn't looking for a frame and I didn't need a frame, but it was only $2 and I knew it could be pretty again.  I handed over my money and in the back seat it went!
I knew I had a pin that related to frames and I was right.  This one from The Frugal Homemaker was the one I had in mind.  Of course, I decided to create my own version.

A small piece of the detail around it was loose, so I took it off and immediately glued it back on.  It would be a shame to lose it since there were no missing pieces.  

Time to digress and tell you a bit about this type of detail.  Did you know that the detail on many frames like this are made of plaster? I know this because many years ago, someone I know found out the hard way - no, it wasn't me!  She had a cabinet with some beautiful detail on it and decided to use stripper on it.  You guessed it, the beautiful detail melted away.
That's how I knew this would be a paint project!  
The finish wasn't particularly smooth, but I liked it, so after a coat of primer and a coat of blue craft paint later, I didn't like the color!  It was too bright.  So, I added some white to the jar, mixed it well, and repainted it.
Since it was painted with craft paint, I gave it a coat of clear spray sealer, but it was looking rather plain, so I grabbed some Rub n Buff in Antique Gold to highlight those pretty details.  
It made all the difference.  Here's the before:
Here's the after:
I knew this was just going to be a frame masquerading as a wreath - sort of.  I didn't need another chalkboard or jewelry holder, so I added some pretty silk flowers to the corner.
I love how it looks hanging on the wall!

Who knows?  Maybe someday it will be transformed into something else.  For now, it will stay as it is.  
What have you brought home lately that you weren't looking for and/or didn't need?

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Comments

  1. Our projects today are very similar - however your frame is much prettier!! Love the detail and especially the gold tipped detail!

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    1. Yes, they are, but I think yours are gorgeous! Those feathers!

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  2. Good to know about the plaster - I had no idea. This frame makeover is fantastic! I love the blue and copper together - such a beautiful combination! I see frames like this all the time at my local thrift store for great prices. Next time I see them, I will be thinking of this project.

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    1. That was a lesson learned the hard way for my friend, but I never forgot it! I'm glad you like the frame, I'm now on the search for a round or oval....I have more ideas!

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  3. That turned out so beautifully. I love the colors and the metallic detail so much.

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    1. Thank you so much, Pam. I love blue and as soon as I saw this frame, I knew what it would become!

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  4. Very pretty, Ann! Love that blue and gold. I also love how you and Patti did the same type of project. Great minds...xo

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    1. Isn't that funny? You'd think we planned it! Glad you like it, Kim, and I'm hoping all is well with you!

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  5. What a pretty colour! I love that you saved this frame and gave it a new purpose, it looks great.

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    1. Thank you so much. Blue is my 'go-to' color!

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  6. The details of the frame are very pretty. I don't blame you for scooping it up. The gold makes all the difference too. Great project!

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    1. Thank you, Donna. It was such a bargain, but I didn't need it...I'm so glad I grabbed it though!

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  7. Your frame looks great! I love that shade of blue, and adding the gold on the designs makes it perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much. Those details just needed a little highlighting!

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  8. Your frame looks great, I love the gold accents.

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I thought they really needed to be highlighted.

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  9. Ann,
    I love this lovely transformation!! So pretty especially the color!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! No, no more landscaping projects......we are officially retired from that.... I hope you are having a great week!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie - just one of those things I didn't need - LOL! I hope you're resting those knees and enjoying the view of all of your hard work!

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  10. So pretty. Visiting you from the encouraging hearts and home link up.

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm glad you stopped by!

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  11. A frame.masquerading as a wreath! I would never have thought of that, but so pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Michele. So many old frames have such pretty details, it's fun to give them a new purpose!

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  12. This turned out beautifully! I love the gold accents. Thanks for sharing on Traffic Jam Weekend!

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  13. Adding the antique gold makes the frame look extra special ~ great idea! Your frame wreath turn out perfectly!

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    1. Thank you, Allyson. The gold was definitely needed!

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  14. Hi Ann, I'm behind in commenting. Had to get another vaccine.

    Love this frame. The blue and gold are so pretty !

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  15. you gave the frame the second, beautiful life! now it looks beautiful - I love the colours!

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    1. Thank you so much. It's nice to hear others like it too!

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  16. This turned out beautifully. I especially like the way you did the gold details. Thanks for sharing on Handmade Mondays.

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  17. El resultado final es precioso. BESICOS.

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    1. Thank you so much, Arish. It's nice to hear someone loves it as much as I do!

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  18. Congrats! I've chosen your post as my feature on Thursday's Traffic Jam Weekend. It will go live at 5pm CST.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm thrilled to be featured!

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