diy vintage frames
Frames are an indispensable part of our home decor. They allow pictures, jewelry, keys, even dishes, and mirrors to be displayed if you so choose - they can help you display anything! You can create gallery walls out of it, or just accentuate a room with an oversized framed wall art. Today I want to share some vintage frame DIYs and uses that will add sophistication to your space and the piece you are showing.
Prepare cotton batting, some silk, a primer, paint, a small brush, glue, vintage frames, your jewelry, and sandpaper to create a vintage-framed jewelry display. Lightly sand each frame and remove any gloss. Then quickly wipe the frames with a damp cloth. Use a small brush to apply a primer, let it dry overnight, then apply two coats. Use a smaller artist's brush to bring the color into the "carved" detail. Spray paint with a built-in primer would make this job easy. Cut a piece of cotton wool and silk slightly larger than the base and pad it. Wrap the fabric tightly, push the pad back into the frame to check fit, then tape the batting and fabric to the back. Secure with tape while the glue dries. Staple next to the carrier so that the staples do not go through the carrier but hold the carrier in a kind of friction fit.
How do you turn an ordinary metal picture frame into a vintage one? Add some vintage style chalk paint! Paint the frame with two paints of two different shades, ivory and blue. Let the paint dry for 1-2 hours between each coat. Let the frame dry for 24 hours after two coats. Then gently apply a sheet of fine sandpaper to the surface to create a worn appearance where both colors are visible. The only thing left was to choose a pretty motif and frame it.
Another super original idea is to make a vintage frame out of a belt. Unreal right? First, determine how big your frame will be. The belt edge of the frame needs to be small enough to hold your picture and glass, and you need to be aware that the overall frame size will then add the width of the belt to itself. After your belt pieces have been cut we can build the back frame. Measure the outside dimensions of your belt pieces and cut a plate to that size. Then cut off some spacers to glue them to the plate and hold our leather pieces away from the plate enough to match our picture and glass. Glue the frame back together, leaving one top open so you can replace the picture in the frame. Once the glue has dried, you can slide your picture and plexiglass into it. Depending on the space, you can add wrapping to keep the image flat.
Do you need more ideas? Read the tutorials below!