What can you do with someone's old, discarded, ugly a** frames?
I have devoted a whole category in Pinterest to reusing old frames. Check it out for some inspiration if you feel so inclined.
Here is a sample of 3 ugly frames I purchased on a recent Goodwill outing:
Yeah, my favorite is the windmill painting, which was dated 1976.
I actually liked the floral print, just not the dark bamboo-ish frame, & the owl print, but again it was too dark.
Here's a closer look at the windmill painting, just in case you missed it the first time.
Beautiful, huh? I really picked this one up for the burlap border.
What to do, what to do?
A little paint does magic.
For the windmill painting, I first painted all the wood, even the painting itself with a buff/cream color using craft paint from Michael's, & left the burlap.
It already looks better.
Then I took a lighter creamy off-white & very lightly dry-brushed over the burlap. I just wanted to freshen the color, not lose the texture of the burlap. This was a very tricky process.
Finally, I took a metallic finish (the same one I used on my pumpkins) & just went over the inside wooden frame with my finger dipped in the paint to give it some shimmer.
For the other 2, I taped off the portions I didn't want painted, & used the buff/cream color again.
And again, I added some of the shimmer paint using my finger around the inner rim of both paintings to give them some shimma-shimma. I even added some over the owls eyes.
Here they are completed:
See how the metallic gleams in the light? I love that stuff.
Stay tuned for how I used these in my decor.
Once again, don't pass up an ugly a** frame just because it's ugly, it may turn out to have some potential!