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Shabby Chic Painted Frames Used As Art

17 August 2010

Katie at Impatiently Praying For Patience has made shabby chic painted frames used as art for hanging a memory of her dad.

Not long after dad passed away I won this print 
from Hope Ink.

It was one of dad's favorite verses.
I wanted to hang it over my bed.
I have a million and a half frames in my basement, none of them are for a picture that is 12x12.
I have been thinking about building my own frame, but I was too much of a scaredy cat.
Then when mom and I made the frame for her bathroom mirror gave me a little more confidence.
It still took me a couple of months to put my big girl panties on and just do it.

And here she is.

The tutorial will come later this week.
But after making it, I realized that it still too small to go above our bed. Doh!
Back to the basement I went and found this bad boy.

I don't know the exact size, but it is almost to my shoulders.
I am 5'2" so all you math experts...what does that make it?
I kind of went with the same techique as with the frames above my guest bed and painted it.

Then wiped on and wiped off glaze.
And upstairs I went to hang up these babies above the bed.
And found out that our stud finder was broken.

It's like swiss cheese for the walls.
Luckily, since I was not in the mood to spackle all that, the frame covered up all those holes.

Our bedroom is looking a little less like a plain gray box. 

One day I will make one of those headboard thingys.

And get some pretty pillows.

It is all on my wish list.

Along with a finished basement, it will all come in due time.

Until then I will enjoy my two for one frame job.

What a nice way to highlight a good memory! 
What do you think?


Anne August 17, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

I love that! I just tried to re-spray paint some frames. I had spray painted them shiny black a few months ago and today on a whim I decided I wanted them to be ivory. The results were... less than good. LOL I think I'm going to try some kind of treatment like that to make them look shabby chic instead of just plain shabby. ;)

Annie Louise August 17, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

This looks terrific. Keep us posted as the bedroom comes along--love the color on the walls and the way the white frames make this beautiful saying even more prominent.

Jessica August 17, 2010 at 6:20 PM  

Nice! Love the color on the walls. I'm curious about your glaze color and technique, can't wait to see that.

emily hope August 17, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

I love what Katie did with this - thanks for sharing it! Oh, and I linked to you on hope ink's facebook page :)

Tales From My Empty Nest August 17, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

That is one of my favorite verses. I love the way you re-did the gold frame. The 2 frames look great hanging together above the bed. Love & blessings from NC!

Marty August 17, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

I really like what you did with the frame. Dontcha just love it when something covers up all those nail holes??? lol

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com August 18, 2010 at 12:51 PM  

I big double love that! What a cute idea. I love that it mixes new and old. So pretty!


The Gallery Gal August 18, 2010 at 4:45 PM  

It looks great! I love the frame within a frame idea and the treatment is beautiful! I'm actually doing a similar frame within a frame project for a client. I'll post pictures when it's finished.

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