I love going to the thrift store and finding old things to turn them into new. For this DIY project, I was in search for some old picture frames that I could make new again. It was during a trip that I took to Virginia to visit family was when I stumbled upon some old picture frames.
Every time we travel to Virginia, one of our top to do’s is to go thrift shopping. So we stopped at a Salvation Army, near Staunton. It’s one of my favorite stores to go to because I’ve always found gems in there.
Sometimes I find some really nice furniture pieces that I would love to take back with me, but sadly, we never have the room.
So for my latest creation, I painted a distressed picture frame with a vintage, rustic theme. Then I added another picture frame that I turned into a chalkboard to compliment the distressed picture frame with. The total costs of each of the frames were only 99 cents a piece!
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Vintage Effect Wash:
Foam paint brushes
X acto knife
1. Clean first, then use your foam brush to start painting.
The first step you want to take when painting anything you bought from the thrift store is to clean it off. I used windex cleaner for everything. You can also use alcohol to clean the glass.
Add grey chalk paint first with the foam paint brushes. Apply strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish.
Side note: to make it look distressed, leave some spots uncovered.
Let it dry for an hour before you add the next layer of paint. You might only need one layer of paint since you can apply it on pretty thick with the chalk paint.
2. Start painting your other frame with an off-white chalk paint.
While your paint is drying, you can start painting the other frame. I used an off white color of chalk paint to cover the frame with. I had to add at least 3 layers with about a half hour to an hour of drying in between.
3. Add chalkboard paint to your poster board.
Next, you can paint the chalkboard with the black chalkboard paint. The material I used paint on it was a poster board. You can trace the back piece of the frame and an X acto knife to cut out the poster board.
Add paint to the poster board with the foam paint brush. Paint with strokes in the same direction for a smooth finish. Add at least 2 layers of paint with a half hour of drying in between.
4. Go back to your first frame and add the Vintage Effect Wash to make it look distressed and rustic.
While you’re waiting for those two pieces to dry, you can go back to the distressed picture frame. Grab the white vintage paint, dip your paint brush, and go!
Make sure you apply a thin layer first to see how it looks on top of the grey. Add various brush strokes in different directions to keep going with that distressed look.
Try not to cover the whole frame. Like so in this picture. But you can get pretty creative with this part in how you want it to look. I only needed to apply one layer of paint here.
After that frame is dried, I used sandpaper on the sides and the corners of the frame to really pull out that distressed look I was going for.
5. Put your chalkboard frame together after it has dried.
After you’re finished with that, put your chalkboard frame together by gluing the poster board into the frame with a hot glue gun and framing the back piece of the frame so that you can hang it on the wall. Now you can start adding to do lists, favorite quotes, or drawings to your new chalkboard!
A distressed picture frame would look great in the front entrance or your living room. Hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did! Show me your latest project in the comments below!
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