Adding just a little color

Pair of pretty shell prints in monochromatic color scheme.  Initially I had looked at these ‘just for the frames’; but the frames were not removable.  I really liked the pictures, and usually I’m all about monochrome colors.  These were just TOO bland for me.

I have always liked this kind of ‘text book’ drawing; so I decided to buy them and see how difficult it would be to repaint the frames with NOT being able to remove them.

The hardest part of this quick make-over was taping the paper over the glass to protect it while I painted the frames.

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A couple of quick coats of paint; then some sanding (sand BEFORE you removed the paper covering the glass!).  Just a touch of color; the distressing brings out the original frame color to coordinate with the pictures.

Which do you like better?  Original color or the aqua?

Beach cottage decor in my etsy shop

It’s been a while since I blogged about my etsy shop; so here you go!  A post about the great beach cottage decor items in my blog.

LOTS of Framed white fingerling starfish.

Great hung alone, or in a group.

OR hang a sea glass wreath with a couple of framed starfish.

 This is the very LAST of the sea glass wreaths that I will EVER be making.  I had stumbled upon a ‘once in a lifetime’ AMAZING buy on the glass to make these; and I’ve finally used it all up.

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For as ‘simple’ as they appear to be; they are EXTREMELY time consuming to make also.  There is NO way I could actually charge for the amount of time I put into them. Lesson learned.   Even though they were so labor intensive that they can’t be make ‘profitably’; they really are beautiful in person.

When I first got the sea glass and was sorting through it, I had set aside a few ‘extra pretty’ pieces.  Some uniquely shaped; perfectly round or square or like gumdrops.  they were just too special to mix in with all the other pieces on the wreaths.  So, I put together some little ‘treasure’ boxes for them.

I custom blended this glitter for these mermaid crowns.

And of course, beach cottage SIGNS in my etsy shop!

Tiny Framed Faux Frozen Charlotte’s

P1250065Super simple project.  I made the Faux Frozen Charlotte’s some time ago using Fimo clay and a mold I bought.  Since the clay doesn’t keep well once opened; I make a big batch of them all at once, and stash them for use later when inspiration strikes.

P1250064They were perfect for these tiny oval frames I just found.

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This cupboard is ‘Barbie-Doll’ size; the oval frames are about 2″ tall.

P1250100 I just removed the plastic cover on the frames (instead of glass) added backing from a vintage dictionary and glued on the Charlottes.  Quick & easy!

Published in: on February 3, 2016 at 7:23 pm  Comments (4)  

Ugly gold to shabby white :: Outdated / Updated mirror

Very cool, taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaall skinny wall mirror with roses . . .but the gold???

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Good candidate for a shabby make-over!

P1220218ALWAYS check the back before you buy, to be sure that the frame can be easily detached from the mirror for repainting.  I suppose you COULD ‘tape off’ a mirror to repaint it, but I’m just too lazy for that.  If the mirror can’t be EASILY removed and reattached, I pass.  (Time IS money when you are refinishing items to sell.)

P1220217This particular mirror backing was STAPLED in place??? Hmmmmmm.  But most of the staples had been previously removed and the mirror was really held in place by the tape shown in the last picture.  I decided the rest of the staples should come out easily too.

P1220202The staples did come out very easily.  I gave the frame a good cleaning to get all the dust out of all the nooks and crannies.

P1220204Roses just are not supposed to be GOLD!

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P1220229A couple of coats of an off-white spray paint and  LOT of hand sanding to bring out all the pretty details.

P1220226The bow at the top.

P1220227The tassel at the bottom.

P1220228And lots and lots of roses to sand, petal by petal.  I actually had to do the sanding in three or four sessions and give my hand a rest between!

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Time to reattach the mirror.  I was not brave enough to attempt to staple it back in place, and tape was not reliable enough.  I had to GLUE the mirror back into the frame.  Using my trusty Aleen’s Tacky Glue, I ran glue along the inset and replaced the mirror.  Let that dry overnight, then filled the gap between the backing the the frame with MORE glue.

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 LOVE how it turned out!

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It’s in ‘storage’ for the time being.  Might end up saving it for next spring or the first of the new year.  Next booth ‘do-over’ will be Halloween stuff . . .then Christmas . . . .then . . . .  ALWAYS thinking ahead!

New batch of small frames. 50% OFF sale reminder.

I typically prefer to gather and re-vamp BIG wall size picture frames, but it’s been pretty slim pickin’s on those lately, so I’ve started rummaging through the smaller frames at thrift stores and estate sales of late.

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 Here are some from my most recent batch of made-over frames.

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Just aqua paint and some hand sanding on them all.

P1220052I look for frames with interesting embossed details.

P1220056Sometimes the details are ‘just’ in the corners.

P1220061Other times, the whole frame is detailed.

P1220065Even just repetitive grooves add a lot of interest once painted and distressed.

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I was in a hurry to get this batch done and into my booth, and decided to forego the ‘pictures’ in most of these frames.  It really doesn’t COST much to add some kind of a picture to them, but it is TIME consuming.

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But I still managed to add a ‘little something’ to a few of them!

P1220067Sometimes I do varying shades of aqua / turquoise when I do a batch of frames.  Since each frame was so unique I went with all the same color on all of them this time.

P1220069Really DEEP frames are always a good find too!

P1220333Not so fond of how this one turned out.  Just might have to repaint it white.  We’ll see.

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I think I actually liked it BETTER before I repainted it!  You can’t tell in the picture, but the brown part of the frame has a crackled texture to it; kind of looks like alligator skin.

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An old, newly repainted berry basket stand was ‘called up’ to serve as the display for the gathering of all the smaller frames.  ( a few of them are from a previous batch)

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Layers of frames; a study of contrast.
P1220313This small and sweet vintage metal frame was perfect ‘as found’; I just added a picture.


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This batch of larger ‘wall frames’ had originally all been repainted white and distressed.  Alas, they had been sitting in my booth for TOO long without selling, so I brought them home for another make-over.  A quick dry brush with aqua or turquoise paint and a bit more sanding.  Back in my booth just in time for the HALF PRICE SALE.

P1220346I SO wish I had more wall space available so that I could actually ‘display’ them instead of just plopping them on the floor.  Frames are probably my favorite decorating accessory and they sell so much better when ‘properly displayed’.

P1220343Although there is another dealer who has one of those big ole canvas cargo carts in her booth and she just piles all her frames into it.  I constantly see shoppers curiously rummaging through them, hunting for a treasure to take home.

P1220351REMINDER:  EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF THROUGH LABOR DAY MONDAY.  Sale signs are posted in each booth, (and in all 3 stores!) with varying % off.  Perfect way to spend a rainy Labor Day weekend.

P1220361I’ve got lots of vintage little gold frames too!

Half Price ‘Sign of the Month’ in my etsy shop

il_570xN.647524388_ek3jNew month means a new HALF PRICE SIGN OF THE MONTH in my etsy shop.

Regularly $22.00; now just $11.00 while current inventory lasts.

aed9b6da-3eb8-4176-8372-0e33b6927ab0Want MORE “half price action”?  Here you go!!  During the Stars Antique Malls Sidewalk Sale EVERYTHING in MY BOOTH will be 50% off!  Regular prices will show on the price tags; 50% discount will be given at check out.

P1220392As always, my booth is stocked to overflowing!

P1220399Vintage chenille bedspreads!  The bottom one shown is actually a bundle of TWO matching twin spreads.  Very difficult to find matching spreads.  I’m selling these as a SET only.  Regular price is $89.00 for the two.  $45.00 for the two of them during the sale is a STEAL!

P1220346A fresh batch of aqua and turquoise wall frames.

P1220355And lots of smaller ones (4″x 6″ – 8″ x 10″) with backing and glass.

P1220360All the other booths in Stars will be ‘on sale’ too; at varying sale % depending upon the individual dealers.

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Pretty little frame make-over

P1190770Interesting small wood frame; holds a 5×7 photo.  Actually not too bad, as is; just a little too ‘uniformly’ distressed for my taste.

P1190785I covered the opening with a piece of paper.  Spray painted the whole thing black, then bushed on two coats of aqua paint.

P1190799Instead of sanding to distress this time, and because I wanted to bring out the creases more; I cracked open my beloved Ralph Lauren tobacco stain.

P1190801I ‘scrub’ the stain on to be sure it gets into all the crevasses, then ‘pounce off’ the excess stain with a cloth rag.

P1190800And you know I have to put ‘something pretty’ inside all my frames before I can sell them.  I opted for a replica of a French post card.

P1190861I really do love how it turned out!

Repainted picture frame

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Found this frame at Ross.  Marked way down and I could tell WHY!  Where the black and white paint meet is just SLOPPY.  Nothing a little more paint can’t fix!

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Hard to tell in this picture, but I painted the whole thing aqua and distressed it.

P1180924NOW you can see the color!  I like to add ‘something’ to the frames I sell, even when I am just selling them ‘as a frame’ for the buyer to add their own picture to.   I just added a picture cut from a post card mounted on an old dictionary page; anything ‘cheap and simple’ to fill the void will do really.

P1180926I really like how it turned out; especially with some of the undercoat being white and some black.

P1180927Just another ugly frame given a second chance at life with a little paint and elbow grease!

P1200658Just stocked that frame and lots more in my booth st Stars.

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Framed starfish

Will be putting these items in my etsy shop in the next day or so, in the newly added ‘BEACH COTTAGE DECOR’ section.

P1200144Set of two ‘floating’ white fingerling starfish, mounted on 8.5″ x 7″ (outside edge measurement) distressed aqua frames.  $37.95 + shipping.

P1200145These are REAL dried starfish; 7-9″ across.

P1200146Either frame can be hung either horizontally or vertically.

P1200148This second pair of frames is slightly deeper and larger, measuring 9.25″ x 7.25″.

P1200149The deeper aqua frames are distressed.

P1200150This set will also be $37.95 + shipping.

P1200152Single distressed turquoise frame is 7.5″ x 9.5″ and 1.75″ deep.

P1200151This one is $21.95 + shipping.

P1200153Unique 10.5″ round wood distressed aqua frame; $24.95.

P1200156I have three of these 9.5″ x 11.5″ distressed oval white frames with mounted starfish.

P1200155These are individually priced at $27.95 ea + shipping.

NEW! Beach cottage decor ~ in my etsy shop

P1200044Some large and small starfish plaques.

P1190995The large ones are 11″ across; have a sawtooth hanger on the back and are sold individually.

P1190949These smaller ones are 5″ frames; sold in set of three, as shown.

P1190952These small one have a sawtooth hanger for hanging on the wall and a removable wood peg for sitting them on a flat surface.

P1190977And I finally used up the last of my beach glass on these wreaths.

P1190964This one is light green and white.   These wreaths take take several days each to make.  Each tiny piece of glass has to be carefully hand selected to fit together just right, and is then glues in place. Once one layer is full, I have to let the glue dry for 12 hours before building the next layer on top of it.  There are approx 12 layers of glass on each wreath.

P1190968I make my sea glass wreaths on FLAT wreath forms instead of the tubular looking styro wreath forms.  But they are NOT flat once I’ve built up all the layers of glass.   I just think this way they are a bit more ‘organic’ looking.  Although it does take a LOT more glass this way!  The one made using the styrofoam wreath forms just look to ‘perfect’ to me.

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Once I’ve added all the layers of glass, these beach glass wreaths are VERY big and full.  I even partially cover the back with glass so no bare spots will be visible when they are hung.P1190971This one is a brighter green with bits of aqua.

P1190969This is the back.  Not as completely covered as the front, but enough that you don’t see any bare spots on the back when it’s hung on the wall.  (and yes, the ARE very heavy!)

P1190970Looking at the side angel you can see how deep they are, and why that little bit of extra glass on the back is important.

P1190974Darker blues and aquas.

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P1190980All these items are available to purchase in my etsy shop.