A Hidden Treasure In A Discarded Art Frame
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Irresistible art frames with many possibilities for their use, the timeless timeworn charm of chipped, cracked, peeling paints will never fade, history has proven that. I love to surround myself with objects that were less then desirable to others. I will restyle, re-purpose, and reuse pieces that have been recycled for our inviting peaceful home that asks nothing of us then to relax and create. Among an all white to creams and soft tones of gray-whites, when creating I have this color tone palette in mind. Creating from elegantly rustic, to right down rusty, nothing excites the home more then a treasured find recreated with purpose.
French-inspired vignette was made from an old art frame discarded at a tag sale. This treasured find has found it's way into my hands to breathe new life into it. This art gallery frame had seen much better days, but that did not stop me for making less then a few dollar purchase on it. Tearing the frame apart was exciting, and at that point I still had no idea what I was going to create with it. I did know I wanted to remove the excess amount of gold paint, and the layers of art paint that someone at one time had added to it.
Stripping it down layers at a time with a varnish and stripper product, removing just the right amount of paint to give it an aged old look for my euro flea market chic design style home, or shop. When I cleaned off the stripper from the 4 sides of the frame that it so kindly gave me, I then got to work painting and adding my technique in paint and aging of it. I painted the cracked, broken and what was left of the piped on icing trim, along with the center motifs adding just the right amount of washed whites, and grays, aging it perfectly imperfect. Pleased with the outcome of the personality each side of the frame took on, I was then left with what now do I use them on.
After all sides of the frame were finished they sat around awhile, I held them up to and onto many pieces that I thought could be used as part of restyling and adding to the charm of a piece. I thought maybe they would become a part of the roof line of the birdhouses I create, perhaps a back splash on a vintage piece of furniture, I was still questioning what to use them on. As they sat for a time in the corner of a room propped up and waiting to be added to that perfect piece...It hit me, that they are perfect as they are. I got out tooth hook hangers and nailed them onto the back side of each ends of the frame pieces. This allowed me to hang them on a wall as wall art inbetween other works of art. By using different frame pieces in groupings on a wall this will add salvaged details to a room. I adore them over an existing piece of art, double framing the art giving it unique cottage villa charm. Also adding shabby charm to the top of door ways, as well as a back splash embellishing a counter wall or above a kitchen window. These salvaged pieces are just beautiful laying here and there on their own, mixed with new and old pieces making for inspiring conversation.
I hope this inspires you to go to your stockpile of discarded pieces and create.