Thursday, January 17, 2013

Framed Wallpaper

Do you ever go through your stash of accumulated stuff and try to make something pretty out of it instead of buying more stuff?  I call them my "someday projects".
Well ~ I picked up a box of these old plastic frames at an estate sale several years ago and never did anything with them until now.
Started out by painting two coats of Caromal Color "bright white" on them.  I used this paint because it sticks to anything.  Even with two coats of paint, there was some bleeding through, but it came through as a very soft and subtle aqua color and really looked rather lovely.
The inside of the frame came with an old velvet maroon mat with a raised edge.  I wasn't sure what to do with the velvet mat at first, but I started by painting the raised edging white to match the frame.
Then I had to decide what I was going to put in this frame since I wanted to sell it on Etsy.  I finally decided on some vintage wallpaper that I downloaded and printed in two separate sizes.  I've had this download for quite awhile, and you can find it at The Graphics Fairy website. 
The inside paper was sized through Photoshop to be 3x5 inches and the outside paper I sized at 5x7 inches.  I cut out the inside of the 5x7 piece and glued it onto the top of the velvet  mat and then taped the 3x5 piece onto the back of the mat opening.
And here is how it turned out.
I love the softness of this wallpaper combined with the frame.  The pastel colors make me long for spring and summer roses.
It pairs up beautifully with this vintage doily I found at the Scott's Flea Market last year.  They make the perfect wedded couple ~ don't you think?
I can't even imagine the time and skill it took to make this lovely doily.
Soft and sweet ~ as everything in life should be. 
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ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a great idea! That looks so pretty!

Lucille said...

Gorgeous! I love that paper you used. I also love the colour you used on the frame. A beautiful transformation!

Sharing Shadymont said...

I love what you did with the frames and paper, and that doily is so beautiful! What beautiful treasures!!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is just beautiful--love the colors of the wallpaper and you did a great job with the frame!

LV said...

You turned those old frames into a work of art. Very well done.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Just perfect shabby cottage ! I keep thinking I'll use what I have instead of buying more...
Happy Pink Saturday

Suzann said...

I love the paper and I love the frame!!!
Happy Pink Saturday!!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Olivia said...

What a beautiful frame! I love it,

Chubskulit Rose said...

LOve the end-result!

Hopping from Pink Saturday.
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Anonymous said...

So pretty and a tutorial ta-boot. I agree with your comment on the work involved in that lovely doily and I also love the staged pink buttons. Just right for spring!
Happy Weekend
Best Regards, Peggy

Jennifer Grenko said...

I love it! You have inspired me for a project! Thanks much!

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