Next month I have a craft show that I will be in and will be featuring my metal art jewelry. I have been wanting a new way to display some of those pieces and decided that a vintage shabby frame with a fabric covered bulletin board insert was what I wanted.
Yesterday I made a quick stop in my local antique mall and found this beauty for just $16.
I knew right away that I wanted to use some paint to accent the scroll work on the frame.
After cleaning the frame a bit, I painted all of the details with an assortment of colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists painted on.
After the colored paints were dry, I globbed on some Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Antique Linen. Emma came along as I was doing this and scolded me because she liked it the way it was. It was pretty just painted but I had a vision of something else.
While the Antique Linen Crackle Paint was still wet, I gobbed on a second coat in Picket Fence. I just added the crackle to the area where the detail work was and kind of let it streak out and thinly blend into the original paint in the spaces between the details. I didn't want to cover the real original crackling.
After the crackle dried, the colored paint peeked through. After this photo, I lightly brushed over the surface with a metal bristled brush to knock away the loose crackle and reveal a bit more color.
I used the original cardboard frame backing as a template for a new insert cut from thick foam board. I covered the foam board with cotton batting and fabric pulling it tight to the back and securing it with staples. I trimmed away the excess.
I used a piece of vintage rhinestone jewelry to add a tuft to the center of the board.
And the finished frame/memo board! I was lucky to find a really nice oversized plate/frame stand at Hobby Lobby (50% off even!) that is the perfect fit and holds the frame nice and steady.
Here are a few peeks of the paint and crackle finish.
I love how soft and chippy it turned out.
Now I am itching to find more frames and repeat this project again for in my house. I love how it turned out!