Lately, I've been collecting frames to redo and revamp. The 5 smaller frames were found at Goodwill and cost me a total of $3. I've had the larger frame for quite some time. In it is a picture of my mom. If you ask her about it, she can tell you all about those flowers and were she used to find them. I love this picture of her, but I don't like the frame or mat.
I took out each piece of glass and gave it a thorough cleaning. The glass that belongs in the oval frames had bits and pieces of picture stuck to it, but that came off easy enough with a little scrape from my exacto knife.
The first step was to give them all a coat of white primer. I set up a spray painting area outside and got to work. Then I let them dry outside for 30 minutes. Notice that I also have my calla out there; it's been in need of some good sunlight.
When I brought the big frame inside, I finished it off with one coat of white interior wall paint. I'll tell you more about the smaller frames later, maybe. There's really not much to tell. I painted 2 blue, one tan and one white. The end.
First step in my mat makeover was cutting a piece of paper large enough to fit the mat. I left about 1/2 inch on the inside and outside to have room to fold it over. I didn't worry about getting a clean edge because you won't see it. Then I cut a slit at each corner at a 45 degree angle from the mat.
Say hello to Elmer. Elmer and I do a lot of work together. I used to use wet glue or mod podge because I thought it would give me a better bond. Welp, I ended up using good ol' stick glue and I've never looked back.
I used stick glue on the front of the mat to get it to stick to the paper.
Then I added a layer of glue to the back of each edge (inside and out) and folded back the paper. Once again, its a little messy, but you won't see that anyway. I had to use masking tape on one side because there was a layer of scotch tape that was preventing the stick glue from doing it's job.
Last step was to add my mom back into the frame and put it all together. I love the final look. The frame is a little beat up, but I like it. Oh look, one of my little frames. This is the only one I've put up so far.
The frames aren't centered over the table because this is a work in progress. I plan on getting more frames and building everything out from the picture of Charlie. I guess I could wait until I have everything I need before putting them up, but where's the fun in that? And I'm definitely not that patient.