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Picture frame makeover

by Clare Mansell
Picture frame makeover

This month’s chalk paint makeover is one of those projects I’ve had kicking around the house for so long it’s almost gone to the tip several times. A year or so ago I attempted to paint a wooden picture frame I had using the only paint I had available which was white acrylic paint in a tube, the kind of stuff you are supposed to paint pictures with. The result was really uneven and messy, so I started to try and remove the paint which only made it worse and then I abandoned it…

So the perfect candidate for a Pinty Plus makeover. This is what I started with…

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The green masking tape I used is frog tape. I was introduced to it by my father-in-law when we were painting the house and it’s the best brand I have found as it leaves no residue after painting. To begin I sanded down the frame using coarse sandpaper. This not only removed the paint I had applied, but the varnish which was originally on the frame too. Leaving a great clean surface to start again with…

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I realised a little bit late in the day that when you are spray painting you need to do a bit more than add making tape to the edges of what you are painting, which is why the newspaper suddenly came in handy! At this stage I was planning to do something a little different to what I ended up with, so I begun by spraying the frame with Broken White. It only took a small fraction of a can to get good coverage…

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Next I tried out an idea of adding diaganol stripes to the finished frame. I masked off sections of the paint ready to spray a top layer of Blue Indigo paint…

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The spraying was relatively easy, but the results were not as good as I was hoping. It’s partly down to my placing of the tape and partly because spray paint does tend to seep in through any tiny gaps you have and in some places I hadn’t ensured the frog tape was stuck down really firmly so the paint got under it and the lines weren’t crisp…

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Back to the drawing board! I decided to go over the white bits with some more Blue Indigo…

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As I had a layer of white under the blue, I tried a little distressing on the edges of the frame using fine sandpaper…

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It’s not exactly the end result that I initially planned, but it took no time at all, less than a can of paint (in total) and the frame looks much better on Theo’s wall than kicking around in the spare room…

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Inside the frame are loads of little MOO cards which all contain little scenes from our lives in the few years before Theo was born, he loves looking at them and asking about the places they were taken and the cat we used to have in Canada…

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As always all the paints used in this project are available exclusively from www.novasolspray.co.uk

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