I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in years. And I liked it. a lot. In fact, I've been wandering the halls of my house warning the mismatched picture frames that they're next.
As soon as I saw the Pottery Barn catalog that came out a few weeks ago, I started ripping pictures from it, storing ideas of things I wanted to knock-off for Christmas decor. I shared some of those ideas here.
This was one of them:
But with a hefty $200 price tag, I knew it was something I would never own. Then I looked to my right and saw a picture frame hanging on the wall. Sure, it had a picture in it, but this frame was just begging to be transformed. So I did.
I am so excited about how this project turned out. It's the first "big" project I've taken on in a long time.
Here's the original 16" x 20" frame:
First I sanded it down, not wanting to completely lose the dark color.
Next, I painted the frame Cottage White. I used a couple coats of Behr's Primer Paint (I actually bought a sample size for $2.94) and it worked great!
Once it was dry, I distressed the frame using both coarse and medium sandpaper.
Then I was ready to attach the wires. I purchased a picture hook kit at Home Depot that included picture wire, sawtooth hangers, picture hooks, and screw eyes for around $4.
I screwed in the eyes evenly spaced on the back of the frame.
Then I doubled up the picture wire, looped it through the eye and twisted it to secure it, making sure to hold it as tight as possible.
I kept the original hanger, and just screwed it back into the frame high enough and tight enough that once it was hanging it wouldn't be seen.
I hung it on the wall, and stood back to admire my work!
The entire project cost me about $7 for the paint and the picture hook kit. That's $193 cheaper than Pottery Barn!!
My original intention was to use it to display Christmas cards.
But then I thought it might be a great thing to leave up year round to use as holiday decor throughout the seasons.
I think that my favorite idea though, is to just hang a few black & whites on it.
What would you display?
Make sure to check back on 11/11 when I'll be posting a GIVEAWAY for personalized printables!
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