Tuesday, October 25, 2011

updating an outdated frame

I found this lovely oil painting at an antique store for $20. I thought about talking them down a few bucks, but as an artist myself I couldn't bring myself to do it. So for $20 the little lady came home with me. I love everything about the painting.

Well... I love everything except the ugly outdated frame. I considered taking the canvas out of the frame, but I wasn't sure how the edges were finished. So I opted to paint.

Now, before you freak out thinking that I'm ruining some antique frame... It's from Michael's. Michael's first opened in Dallas in 1984, so that's as old as the frame can possibly be. No harm done.

So back to the painting. :) All the other frames in my house are black. So, naturally this one went black as well. I decided to brush it with acrylic paint, for ease and because I had black paint on hand. I painted the whole thing - even the linen/canvas part. For the fabric area, I just use water to thin the paint and help me get an even coat.

And here it is, already hanging up on the wall! I think the black frame really makes the painting pop and stand out. I might add a glossy coat, but I haven't decided yet.

I've been doing a lot of work on the walls - adding more to my gallery wall and to other empty walls in the house. It's always hard for me to decide what to hang where. So even after living in our place for over a year, I still have frames stacked in a closet!

What about you? Is it easy for you to hang all your frames? Or does it take you a while like me? What's your favorite framed item in your house?

xoxo, christa


  1. I'm a nester so I have all my frames hung. My problem right now is I need to go buy new frames for some pics. I never have enough frames!


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