June 23, 2010

Painted Frames

Back before I started having kids I remember seeing a frame like this in a boutique.  However, it was really expensive.  Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to make these two painted frames.  I've got a couple little tricks up my sleeve.

This first frame was really easy.  I bought an unfinished wooden frame.  (If you live in Utah, go to Robert's and use a coupon.  I love that place!)  I painted it the color I wanted and then added the polkadots.  Here's the little secret my sister told me and someone told her and on and on.  Lean in a little.  Okay?  Here it is.  Use a marshmallow!  Isn't that genius?  You can pick - small or large.  Just dip it in a puddle of paint and stamp it on.  I like to make them more random.  (Otherwise you start over-analyzing them and you'll end up in the cuckoo house.  Really.)

Then take one of those little square inkpads and rub it on the edges to make it a little distressed.  You don't need the fancy "distressing ink."  What's the deal with that anyhow?  It's still ink, right?  I always wonder about that one.  Alternatively, you could use paint to dry brush it also.

That's it.  You could do a clear coat spray over the top.  I didn't, but you can if you need another step :)

On to the next frame.  Who doesn't love argyle?  Anyone?  I didn't think so.  This is also a lot easier than it looks.  I drew a line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner of the frame.  (If your frame is a different shape, you might have to alter that angle.)  Then I took my ruler and lined it up with that line and drew one parallel to it.  (Continue till you have lines across the whole frame and do it the opposite direction as well.) 

Then paint in four of the mini diamonds that make one big diamond.  Once it's all colored in, draw the dotted lines on with a ruler and a sharpie.  No one will notice they aren't painted on and they will end up perfect.  Don't worry about each line being exactly even.  (Once again, that will send you to the cuckoo's nest.)

That's it!  Yeah, I still need to put photos in this one.  It's only been on the wall for a little over a year.  Give me a break.  I've been busy with.....stuff.

That's all for today.  Tomorrow I'm going to take you on a teeny tour of Baden's room (where these frames are hanging).  See you then!  Thanks!


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