I found two sad, sad, picture frames on the clearance aisle at my local pottery store. I guess they’re not that bad. They just wouldn’t go with anything else in my house. But they were wooden and I liked the wide frame. And for $4 I knew I could make them my own.
About two months later I finally got around to painting them. I used a light blue Craftology paint from Michaels. It took 2.5 coats to hide those martini glasses. The picture below is after one coat.
I had leftover burlap from another project and made a burlap bow for each frame. I cut the burlap twice the width of the bow that I wanted.
Then I folded (is folded a word?) the ends to the center of the bow.
Then I just squeezed the top and bottom together at the seam and slid a safety pin through.
I also cut narrow strips to wrap around the center to make it look like a real bow.
But it was still missing something. So I added a little black chalkboard paint to the edges to give it a distressed look.
I used a very technical method of dabbing the paint onto a paper towel, applying it to the edge of the frame and smearing it. The worst that could happen was that I would have to paint it back blue.
I hot-glued the bows to the corner so that I can use the frame vertically or horizontally.
And, finally, I added a cross bead that I found at AC Moore for $2.99 to the center of each bow.
Here is the finished product!
They ended up on top of the entertainment center in the living room!
And just to re-cap…here is a before and after…
Who doesn’t love a before & after? Much better right?