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!

29 comments:

  1. Love the frames!!

    And how ironic that I linked up to you today with a painted picture frame and my own stamped tshirts inspired by your paisley tshirt awhile back!

    Hope you'll come check them out!

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  2. This is a great idea!! I mean, it actually inspired me to get to work! :-)
    Thanks.

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  3. Those look great! I'm impressed with your clever little tips & tricks! And, I'm a new follower!! :)

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  4. I never would have thought to use marshmallows as stamps! Those frames are really terrific!

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  5. I love this idea.... so very cute!

    http://jeansandatshirtmom.blogspot.com/

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  6. Both of your vertical frame pictures are up side down. he he he...
    I had to look closely, with that said I really enjoy reading your blog it gives me lots of ideas and a few ohh thats so cute moments. So , Thank you and keep up the good work!

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  7. Cheri it's like you can read my mind! Just this last week I'm like "Where is everyone getting those cool chunky wooden frames?? I can't find 'em!!" Thanks for the tip. :)

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  8. Love it! Those are the colors of my boys' room! I love the dots one. The boys' room is stripes and these dots will compliment them nicely! Thanks for the ideas, I love them ALL!

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  9. They came out beautiful. They look like something you would pay alot of money for....great job :)

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  10. These are absolutely adorable! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea :)

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  11. Marshmallows? Really? That's genius and I love it beacause it's disposable. Perfect!

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  12. I LOVE this!!!! How cute & what a great idea for a baby shower gift to! I LOVE IT!!!!

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  13. Hi Cheri! That is a great idea. Thanks for the tips like using ink for the distressing, I always wondered how to do that. I love the marshmallow idea. Do you really do projects everyday? How do you organize your time? I am a big crafty, arts person but I really lack the self discipline to accomplish that much stuff.

    http://willowhisps.blogspot.com/
    artsylasvegan@yahoo.com

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  14. Cheri, I really wish you'd move to PA so I can come learn stuff in person! You have the sweetest blog personality. I luv your neat tricks. I will be using this one soon.

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  15. Hi Cheri!! Love the frames and the colors. The pics are cute!! Kisses, Bela.

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  16. I LOVE painting frames!! What a neat little trick...never would've guessed that you used a marshmallow. How cute!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday, Mama. Roar!! : )

    Love,
    Laura

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  17. Wow, marshmallows and scrunched up plastic wrap (from the Captain America shirt). I'm impressed!

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  18. very cute! love that you used marshmallows. :)

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  19. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing your tips with us. I can't wait to try them.
    -Crystal
    p.s. I'll be featuring this on on Friday-hope you don't mind.
    crystalscraftspot.blogspot.com

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  20. What kind of paint did you use? Just regular crafting paint in the little bottles? Super cute and I love the marshmellow idea!

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  21. Love them! Can't wait to try this out. Marshmallows - so easy

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  22. Very beatiful! and you have a great blog! I am your new follower. Come by and visit me at http://showememama.blogspot.com

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  23. These are fantastic! I love the argyle frame!

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  24. Sheer genius – Marshmallows. And I never knew argyle could be so easy to paint.
    Thanks for sharing these tips!

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  25. That's a great idea! I've been looking for a cute frame to put a picture of my new nephews in but i haven't been able to find the right one!

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  26. I just have to ask - does it have picture in it yet? :)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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