Frame Makeover {Before and After}

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?

p.s. I’m linking up to Home Stories A to Z, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Atta Girl Says, By Stephanie Lynn, I heart Naptime, Serenity Now, All Things Thrifty, One Project CloserThe 36th Avenue and It’s Overflowing.

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