I almost can’t even call this one an upcycle because I am still using it as it was meant to be used. I only added a little twist.
Here is a picture frame I picked up at a thrift store a while back. I paid a whopping 50 cents for it. I liked the fact it wasn’t smooth and that it looked like wood tiles (the frame is not wood).
I bought the Martha Stewart Nautical layering stencils # 17635 from Michael’s and got the idea to stencil the glass part of the frame.
I used part of the tall ship stencil (it wouldn’t all fit on the glass).
The light blue paint color is called Pale Blue by Craft Smart, I bought it from Michael’s and the dark blue – Navy is from my stash by Dixie Belle – I used it on the upcycled thrift store tray – check that out here.
I didn’t bother to seal the imagine in case I decide to change or reuse the frame for something else. It’s not perfect but I like it.
Did you notice the difference in the frame from the first picture? I found the dark brown too stark against the ship so I decided to whitewash the frame. I literally took a really small dab of white acrylic craft paint on a damp stencil brush and scrubbed it into the little blocks. On a few spots it was too much so I wet distressed it before the paint even dried. I used a wet paper towel and literally wiped the areas I thought had too much paint.
After it’s photo shoot I put it on my bookcase where it is eagerly awaiting me to finish upcycling a floating shelf. I have a few more thrifted nautical things I will add along with this frame – stay tuned.
Enhancing what you already have on hand – It’s A Wandaful Thing!
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