July 26, 2012

$1 Flea Market Frame - From Drab to FAB

I absolutely love shopping at the flea market, thrift stores and yard sales.  I love finding things for just a few dollars and then turning them into something spectacular!  I recently found this frame for only $1 and I completely transformed it from drab to FAB!!!  


Below is the frame as I put it into my garage paint booth.  I painted it with Rustoleum Aqua Satin spray paint.


This paint is awesome because it adheres to plastic, metal or wood.  This frame is a 1970's molded plastic so the paint worked perfectly without any need for primer.  Also in the picture below you can see another larger frame that I am working on too.  It is a wood and gesso frame which this paint works on too :)


The aqua color is quite bright, in fact it's almost a turquoise color.  I was looking for something a little softer so I pulled out some translucent color glaze that is made by Valspar (color Mocha) and a couple of other colors of aqua paint to blend if needed.


I used a sponge brush to apply a little of the glaze directly over the paint onto the frame.  It definitely softened the look and I started falling in love with the color blend!!!  The glaze knocked the color intensity down a few notches.  I didn't need to use any of the other aqua paints since the glaze did exactly what I wanted it to.


I allowed the glaze to sit for about 5 minutes and then I wiped it with a damp paper towel to remove any excess glaze.  


I found this cute saying which is on a thin piece of board and has a magnet on the back.  It was intended to be a refrigerator magnet,  but I really wanted to frame it!  This saying was in our kitchen my entire childhood, so when I found this magnet a few years ago I had to have it.  I just  never knew what I was going to do with it.  My vintage frame came with glass and a backer-board which I put back into the frame after I was done painting it.  I put a piece of dark brown craft paper behind the glass to serve as a border to the saying since the board is smaller than the frame opening.  I used two sided craft tape to attach the magnet board onto the outside of the glass (it is too thick to fit under the glass)...


There you have it.  I love how it turned out!  It now sits proudly in our kitchen and reminds us how very blessed we are!


Until next time,
Happy Decorating!


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18 comments:

  1. This is adorable! The color is so pretty but I love the glaze! it brings out all those pretty swirls and curly ques! Thanks for linking up!

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  2. Love the frame. You did it up just right :) The glaze was a perfect choice!!

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    1. Shannon... Since aqua is your favorite color too, I knew you would like (love) it!!! hehe...

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  3. Love that color. I have never spray painted, I always do it the old, slow way. I am determined to try it after seeing this project!

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    1. Thanks Syndi! Spray paint is definitely much much faster!!! However you have to spray outdoors or in a well ventilated area. Spray paint has fumes and leaves overspray on everything around it. So be sure to put something under it like a tarp or cardboard... and also it doesn't hurt to wear a mask (available at your local hardware store). I painted this frame in under two minutes :)

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  4. So pretty! And I like the sentiment too!

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  5. Great job. I love the frame and candlesticks. I have a link party, and I would love it if you would link this post. You can find it at
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/07/face-cleansing-oil-and-wednesdays.html
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thanks for the invite Debi! I linked up :)

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  6. love it most especially the quote great job

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  7. This is so SUPER CUTE that I’d like to invite you to come link it up at our linky party: http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party

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    1. Thanks for the compliment and the invite :)

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. This really did come out cute.
    Debi

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  9. The glaze really makes this gorgeous! I love how you brought it to life!
    Kelly

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    1. I agree... I love using glaze or dark wax on items... I really shows them off!

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  11. Thank you for linking your gorggeous blue frame up at our TIME FOR A PARTY at http://www.finecraftguild.com we love your weekly contribution. Do please link back to the party from your article when you have a moment. that's the party rule and it's so appreciated when you do. thank you in advance and hope to see you again later again with something new!

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Blessings,
Diana