Thursday, March 17, 2011

Picture frame upcycle

I found two of these 2 glass paned backless frames at a local thrift store. And I knew instantly they would be perfect for a little upcycle project featuring some Up Words & On Words vinyl. For custom vinyl or to see more of my designs check out my Etsy shop at You will also find this frame along with the other frame for sale.

I completely spaced out taking a picture of this frame pre-beautified. It was just a basic backless black frame with 2 panes of glass. FAB!

Here's what I did:
1. I sanded with fine sand paper to create a little grit.
2. I didn't prime it...I added a 2 coats of a "custom created" turquoise blue acrylic paint.
3. Added a beige-ish acrylic color.
4. Sanded for an aged look exposing the original black paint and used mod podge to seal the paint.
5. I added black vinyl: breathe and the embellishment the top pane.
6. I added turquoise vinyl: LET GO to the bottom pane.
7. I cut a piece of burlap to fit the background and made three tiny fringed burlap rosettes and hot glued them to the top pane and the corner of the frame.

It turned out pretty elegant, soothing and carries a great reminder:
breathe LET GO

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  1. Carrie this turned out beautifully! I love the colors against the burlap. Such talent. I'd love to have you link this to my VIP party today @

  2. love it the art of a single word carries more than a thousand words

  3. @shopannies~ that is sooo true. I'm a word nerd! lol. I cling to certain words as if they were a thousand. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Looks this idea...checking out your shop now...thanks for sharing...take a visit over at my blog...happy Monday.

  5. Thanks Mariaelena! I went to your blog and I am now a follower! =)

  6. Darling - such a peaceful saying to view throughout your day! xoxo

  7. @Fishtail Cottage...thank you! It's a constant reminder for me! =)

  8. Love the way this turned out! Too cute!

  9. I love your project. Very nice. I am your newest follower!

  10. Very Pretty!!!I'd love it if you joined the Party over at the Glitter Blog!! !

  11. @Kelly~Thank you! I will head over and link up! ;)

  12. This one is very quit and amazing picture frame.I like this grate idea and picture frame.

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  13. simple. and an elegant reminder of how to get thru our days...

    thanks for linking to creative juice. hope to see you back this week!

  14. It is a framework upcycled make sure to clean it off very well that the adhesive will stick .

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