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Friday, January 14, 2011

Aging A Picture Frame


I am trying to add a little more old world look to my home with accessories.  I love a comfy, frenchy, traditional and old world feel to a home. 

Remember this picture frame that I bought at a garage sale for $1.  It was just a little too gold.

So I decided to age it a little.  First I gave the whole frame a really good coat of Minwax Walnut stain and let it sink into all the grooves.  Then I took a soft rag and wiped some of it off.  This takes about 2 days to dry, however it is worth it.  Than I just spray a little black paint onto a paper towel and gently wipe the entire frame just hitting all the carving and giving it a really old look.  Much better don't you think.

Now my little rooster print that I printed off the Internet for Free looks so much more elegant and interesting.

Great way to take an old frame that's a little gold and dated and turn it into something you will really enjoy.

I am linking to Southern In My Heart for Inspiration Friday
Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Dittle Dattle for Amaze Me Monday
Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits.

P.S. Several want to know where to find the free art.  There is a site that is http://www.freespiritart.com/.  They have a lot of different categories on their sidebar.  I find most of mine under the Farm Animals heading.  Just right click and copy and then paste to your picture file and print to whatever size you want. 


57 comments:

  1. you're not only a decorating diva, but so smart in your how-to's. Excellent job!

    Glad you had fun with your friends too.

    oxox,
    Ellen

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  2. Great idea, Marty! It does tone it down a bit and add just that little bit of aging, which really works well with all the details in this frame.

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  3. I love how it turned out! It looks great against the wall color!

    Megan

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  4. I love this!!! You have such clever ideas! I have used many of them. I still think of you when I dust. I bought some of the Briwax and have really enjoyed it. Thanks for another cool idea!

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  5. Very nicely done my talented bloggy friend. Hugs!

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  6. Great idea! I'll have to try this.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  7. Oh yes, Marty, I love it aged! And the frame has marvelous detail.
    Brenda

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  8. Marty, you are one smart cookie. Your frame looks great. And I love the rooster print. I appreciate your sharing all the things you do to make your home look lovely for not much $$!

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  9. Love it! You're so clever Marty -- it looks wonderful!

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  10. Marty, Much better! I love the rooster print too.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  11. Great job on that frame Marty! I LOVE the rooster print in it. Those frames look wonderful with the farm animals in them. You have given us a great idea, I have never thought of finding art like that on the internet! My mind is full of possibilities for some of my more lacking frames. I would love something like that on the wall.
    Great!
    Sherry

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  12. Marty,
    What a great transformation! Your rooster print looks regal and expensive in the new aged gold frame. Thank you for sharing these few steps to a great new (old) frame!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  13. Marty, you always make everything you touch, turn to gold! Sorry, I couldn't help it. :) Love what you did to the frame! It looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing and for your visit. I love having you stop by! Have a great weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  14. Okay so where did you find that rooster pic Marty!?;)

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  15. Marty,

    The frame looks so good. I have some I need to age like that. Thanks for sharing!

    Kathy

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  16. It does look sooo much better! I already know how good you are with finishes Marty but does it never end? *winks* The print was FREE?! Looks perfectly french country old world my friend! Vanna

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  17. How pretty. . . love how it turned out. Thanks for giving the tip on how to turn a frame into something so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Marty,
    I love what you did with the frame! I especially love the rooster print.
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  19. Marty, I love your new frame it has such beautiful detail!! Awesome job! Looks great. Have a good weekend!
    ~Allyson~

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  20. Marty, I love the frame! Thanks for the tips on how to age an old frame! I have several that are too gold, so will try this! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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  21. Perfect job! The frames turned out beautifully!...Christine

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  22. Marty, Great job! Looks like big bucks. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

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  23. Great tip!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  24. Yes Marty, it does look so much better. I found a gold frame similar to yours and I was debating whether to paint it white, now you have inspired me to give it this treatment.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  25. Great idea about the wood stain! Looks even better.

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  26. Hi Marty! You're so smart. The picture frame does look better! :)
    Thanks for popping in and you really are an inspiration for me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  27. as I told you before....you have the BEST prints. Now I know how you make them look so great!

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  28. That really turned out wonderful Marty!!

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  29. This is terrific Marty! I do have a frame that is too gold, so this would be a perfect treatment! Thanks!

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  30. Love it, Marty! The *new* frame looks fabulous against your chocolate brown backsplash. *Becca*

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  31. The frame looks so much better. And it's the perfect frame for your "freebie" rooster print.

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  32. Marty you are so crafty! What a simple yet stunning change!

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  33. Great tip! Will certainly keep this in mind. Thanks for sharing!

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  34. That turned out so nicely - I have a gold frame or two that would benefit from a bit of aging.

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  35. Just what are these people thinking when they sell something so gorgeous for ONE DOLLAR? And you transformed it beautifully.

    xox
    Nancy

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  36. That really does add just the right touch of old world charm Marty! Thanks so much for sharing this at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  37. Marty, that is a really good idea. I have a huge mirror that was gold and I took black paint and water and just lightly 'painted' it. I have used it for the last 4 years and now I have a black dining room so I am trying to decide what to do to it now.

    I love the use of the stain & paint together.

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  38. I really need to do this with some of my picture frames.

    Yours looks beautiful, Marty.

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  39. Very nice. I had a carved golden mirror from a thrift shop that I just applied some paint remover and wiped off leaving some bare wood, white and gold traces...more shabby chic than yours. But fun.
    Mary Ann

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  40. PS. I love your comment on your Profile about changing you photo so we can recognize you on the street! Ha! inspired me to do the same (but I like that my new one is sort of blurry).

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  41. Looks perfect...love it...and thanks for the site....You always have great art

    Happy Sunday

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  42. Your frame definitely looks aged. It looks like an heirloom antique now. Great work Marty.

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  43. Brilliant, Marty! I've got a few frames I need to try this on. Thank you so much for the inspiration, and thanks for linking this beautiful inspiration to Favorite Things. laurie

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  44. That is a great technique. Thanks for showing it off.

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  45. That looks so great, and it looks like it was pretty easy!

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  46. I love the transformation! Thanks for sharing the method.
    Sounds like you had a great time with the bloggers.
    Hugs!

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  47. So much better! I would be honored to have you add it to my blog party

    Amaze Me Monday Blog Party

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  48. Hi Marty! I just love what you've done to give your frame that vintage "antiqued" look. It's gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the products that you used. That is always so helpful! ~ Susie

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  49. Marty,Thank you for visiting me and leaving your kind words behind.Your frame looks gorgeous.wonderful job,you need a pat on the back for that one.I'm going to visit that free image site,thanks for telling us about it.

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  50. I love the way the frame turned out! I have three gold frames I picked up at the Salvation Army that I think I will need to try this on! Good job! Blessings Paula <3

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  51. I'm so glad you showed us how to do that!!

    I bought a bunch of crosses and other 'ornaments' at the after Christmas sales that I knew would be beautiful everyday pieces, but they are super gold. I think I'll do this to some of them instead of just painting them and then distresing them. Thanks! :)

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  52. Such a neat technique, I tried this with black paint and it wasn't the effect I wanted. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  53. Looks fantastic. I love what just a little did to it. Have a great day.

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