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, andyou 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 thiswallpaper 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.
I'm a mother of one "out-of-college" daughter, inheritor of one cat,a dog and four chickens, full time medical secretary, gardener, painter of furniture, fixer-upper and handy woman around my house, passionate about decorating, lover of flea markets and yard sales, restorer of old things, but most importantly, a daughter of God. Blogging is a way to journal and share my life, passions, and journey with anyone interested enough to follow along.