Saturday, May 5, 2012

Quick and Easy Art

Have you ever found an empty frame at a thrift store or garage sale, and passed it by because you figured it would just be to much work? When I first spotted this beauty I knew she was worth the extra effort. Unfortunately I don't have a before picture, but it was a dark brown. Kind of like this.
When Mike had his spray booth set up to paint the cabinets, I had him give it a quick two coats with some heirloom white spray paint. For a couple months it was moved around the house as just an empty frame. A few weeks ago I decided a little silver Rub 'n Buff would really help to bring out the details, so I dabbed some on it with my finger. I loved how it accented all the detail.

I decided then that it was time for this to be more than just an empty frame, so I took some really great fabric from my stash and nailed it to the back of the frame. Because the frame was so old an brittle I had to predrill holes for the nails. (be careful not to drill through the front of the frame)
My nails don't go in 100% of the way, but it doesn't matter because it's displayed on the bookshelf in my office. You could also try a staple gun, tacks or hot glue to attach the fabric.

I suppose it was a little backwards, but I didn't decide to personalize the piece until a few weeks after I added the fabric. I printed the biggest outline of a B that I could, I cut it out, centered it, and traced it onto my fabric. I used the font "BacktalkSerif BTN" which was included with my Word program. You could use any font you like. 

I carefully followed the outline with my paint brush, and then filled it in with paint until it looked good. 
It looks awesome on my bookcase!

I will never pass by an empty frame again!


  1. I love using old frames for DIY art. So affordable and you get some really gorgeous pieces! Love that fabric too xx

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

    1. That fabric is one of my favorites! I'm going to have to pick up some more of it soon. Thanks for visiting!


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