I decided to see what I had, as I had bought a new piece of art and the size was unusual. Normally I would go to the framer, but I thought, wait a minute I think I have one that might just fit with some adjustments. The frame came from a garage sale and that person had bought it at Goodwill, just like my intentions for all those "bargain finds" that never get completed.
Lovely, but not my style....
I started by wiping it off with a damp rag just to get any garage ca-ca off of it. Then the fun begins. I chose Driftwood for my base color. I often add clear coat to my paint, in this case, I did not as I wanted heavy coverage to get rid of the gold.
I allowed this coat to dry.
I noticed that the flaws of uneven miters showed up, so I added swamp mud in the miters to make it look more professionally done...Hey, what do I want from a $1.00 frame???
I made sure to even it out and wipe off excess using my fingers. I rubbed it away from the decorative beading so I would still have definition of the beads. I again, allowed it to dry thoroughly.
Another coat of Driftwood covers the miter fix-up.
NOW FOR THE REAL FUN!!!
Grunge Glaze applied with cheesecloth.
I worked the glaze until I felt it was just right. It is so incredibly easy to use and it's water based, so cleanup was simple with soap and water.
Dried again and a review of the appearance, then a layer of clear coat to seal in all the yumminess.
Now to frame the art. The frame had a dated mat with a gold layer. Not the ticket for this new one. I dismantled the mats and then cut the art to fit the mat. I think it now looks like a well loved frame perhaps from an old salon, what do you think?
Here we are, what a transformation! The art is funky and the frame tempers the funkiness, I think.
The art was created by LuLu My Pink Turtle from Canada.