Revamped Thrift Store Frame

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.

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December Craft Challenge

December Craft Challenge – make or create something using cork.

white-doorThis is the last craft challenge for 2016, if this is the first time you are visiting this blog here is the scoop on what has been happening over the last 12 months. On the Third Monday of every month, Amelia (my friend and fellow blogger) have done a project or post based on one chosen DIY craft or theme, then we share our results and hopefully have inspired you to join the challenge. (The links to my challenge results can be found at the end of this post).

Last month the challenge was to  make a wreath or create something to hang on your front door for Christmas. I found a picture frame at one of my favorite thrift stores and spent one whole dollar on it so I could use the frame. The result is shown above.

This month the challenge was to make  something using cork. On one of my many trips to my favorite thrift store I picked up a package of 12 plain cork coasters for $0.50

I hail from the East Coast of Canada where the nautical theme abounds. When I saw these free printables at Mod Podge Rocks Blog I decided to make my own so I could enjoy a bit of the East in the West. There is a full step by step tutorial over at Mod Podge Rocks Blog.

Here are the four prints I chose.

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A set of four or eight coasters tied with some twine would make a great hostess or neighbor gift, at anytime of the year.

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Amelia from You Can Always Start Now decided to use wine corks for her December monthly challenge. Continue reading December Craft Challenge