Finally a Frame!

 This is a project that has been waiting years to be made.  That's right, YEARS!  It all started about 8 years ago when I found this picture online:
I absolutely loved it!  The subject, the colors - it was beautiful, so I printed it (twice) and tucked it away in a file folder planning to find it the perfect frame.  You already know how that went since I just told you it was 8 years ago!  

Well, the time has finally come! 
 Let me welcome you to the Creative Craft Hop hosted by Donna from Modern on Monticello.  If you just came from Gail at Purple Hues & Me, welcome to the Cottage.  At the bottom of this post I'll direct you to the next stop on this hop, but be sure to visit all of the other stops too for some amazing inspiration. They will all be listed.

Now, back to that frame....I was at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago perusing a box of picture frames.  I had already pulled one out when the woman having the sale came over and told me there were some interesting ones in the box and proceeded to pull out three more for me.  (Don't worry, they'll be shared in a future post!)
She then told me to take them.  
No charge.  
How 'bout that?
Since 'free' is one of my favorite 4-letter words, who was I to refuse?  
Here's the one chosen for the 8-year-old print:
I've seen this frame a million times and knew I could give it a whole new look. so I removed the back, took out the glass and started painting.
This is how it looked after two coats of chalk paint:
Full disclosure:  In this light, the blue looks brighter than the actual color.  You'll see the true color in the final picture.
To highlight the detail on the frame, a little Rub 'n Buff was applied.
Two coats of polycrylic were the final touch.
The glass, the print, and the back were added and '8-year-in-the-making' project was finally done.
It took long enough, but I'm pretty happy with it!


I hope you'll pin, share, comment, and follow.  If you click on those 3 little lines at the top left of the blog (on the Home page), you'll see where to find me...or click on the icon below to share.

Remember, this is a blog hop so it's time to visit Allyson at Southern Sunflowers. Once you've stopped by to see her, be sure to visit all of the others for more inspiration!  Here's the list:

Easy Clearance Wreath Upcycle

Dollar Tree Hand-woven Basket Stand

Welcome Home Painted Birdhouse

DIY Mid Century Modern Inspired Wall Sculpture

Indoor/Outdoor DIY Farmhouse Lantern

Tattoos on Glass Decor

Finally a Frame

How to Paint and Mod Podge a Wooden Tray


Comments

  1. How pretty! Love the bright colors and that gorgeous frame--pinned!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cecilia. I appreciate the pin!

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  2. Ann, you created the perfect frame match for your colorful picture! Love the color and accent you chose!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gail. It was a long time coming!

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  3. I love the blue, it really compliments your beautiful print! I haven't used Rub n Buff, looks like great stuff, and the gold accents really look pretty~ wonderful makeover!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna. I was trying to pull some of the color from the print. Rub n Buff is great stuff and so easy to use!

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  4. Ann it's a perfect frame for your print. I never used Rub and Buff, your frame's look makes me want to get some. Thanks for sharing it turned out beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Terrie. Rub n Buff is easy to use and can really 'change-up' a project. Give it a try!

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  5. Came out great! I love using Rub and buff as it adds so much dimension!

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    1. Thank you, Patti. It really is great stuff and a little goes a long way!

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  6. Lovely Ann! Totally worth the wait...

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  7. So glad you finally framed the picture. I probably have items tucked away like that too. I love the makeover of the frame. Perfect color for the picture.

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    1. Thank you, Donna. Tucking things away is one of my specialties! LOL

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  8. Woohoo! This picture and frame was worth the wait. It turned out just beautifully!

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    1. Thank you, Zenda. So nice of you to stop by. I hope all is well with you!

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  9. The blue shade of chalk paint you used is so pretty. I liked the frame with just the blue, but when I saw the rub and buff on it really makes it pop. Your framed print was well worth the wait!

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    1. Thank you, Allyson. The Rub n Buff really is a game-changer!

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  10. You've got to love when the ideas that have been living in your head come to fruition in such a beautiful way. I love the look of this so much. When we were moving I found a frame that I had begun to paint blue years ago. I didn't like the look, but took it with us anyway. Now I'll be trying to add some rub 'n buff. Yours turned out so good, so I can't wait to give it a try!
    XOXO,
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

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    1. Thanks, Niki. Sometimes all you need is one simple little addition to get the look you want. Good luck with your frame!

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  11. Ann,
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! So nice that you have afternoon Tea every day!! How delightful!! I love the way you transformed the frame and it looks perfect with the picture!! So pretty!!!
    Stay safe, healthy and happy!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I am an avid tea drinker - no coffee for me!

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  12. Thanks for sharing at My Big Fat Menopausal Life's Share the Wealth party - hope you are having a fabulous week.

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  13. The blue distressed frame looks great with the red and blue berries-just in time for summer.

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    1. Thanks, Kristie. It really Is a summer print!

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  14. The added gold adds so much! So cute. Thank you for linking up on Farmhouse Friday!

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  15. Hey Ann, thanks for sharing this beauty with us! I really loved the blue and gold!

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  16. Ann, I love how your frame turned out! Funny, 10 years ago I was sooo into painting frames for all of my artwork and now the pendulum has swung back and I love old flakey gold frames again for their own sake... But I think your photograph really did need the pump of color to match its intensity! LOVE the cake with all those flowers!!! Anyway, happy to feature your post at this week's Share Your Style #347 for you (which I think you already pinged me back as knowing about - which is a cool feature of WP which I haven't figured out yet!).

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend,
    Many hugs,
    Barb :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Barb. It's nice to hear from you and I hope all is well!

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