I started collecting picture frames in college. None of them match (but I have already told you about my eclectic tastes in decorating). Since college I have moved about 6 times. Needless to say, many of my frames have seen better days. This particular frame had several chips across the front detracting from the overall appearance (I forgot to take a before picture). Rather than trash the frame, I decided to give it new life. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I picked a heart theme. Not exactly a genius concept, but I like it! Husband isn’t thrilled to be featured in a pink frame, but he can deal 😛 Sorry about Husband’s tongue in the picture…I have very few pictures of him without a goofy face.
On another note, I edited my instructions for the Easy Refurbished Dog Collar to include interfacing inside the collar. This will make the collar stronger and last longer!
Now, back to the picture frame…
- Picture frame
- Different colors of acrylic paint (I chose white and three shades of pink)
- Stencil with different size hearts
- Sponge brushes
- Mod Podge
- Wipe down your picture frame to remove any dirt or dust. Paint your base color on the frame. You may need to use several layers to achieve full coverage. Wait for each layer to dry completely before starting the next layer.
- Pick several different sizes of heart stencils to add variation to the frame. Start with the largest size and position it on the frame. It is ok if the heart runs off the edge a bit as long as you position it so that it still looks like a heart. Use the sponge brush to lightly apply a layer of a contrasting paint color through the stencil and onto the frame. Repeat this process with different colors on different sections of the frame. Be creative about their placements! If some of the edges of the hearts don’t come out clean you can touch them up later or paint another heart over the rough spot.
- Wait for the paint to dry and repeat step 2 with a slightly smaller size heart. You can begin overlapping some hearts using different colors of paint.
- Repeat this process for any other size hearts you wish to use. I used two smaller heart stencils.
- Wait for the paint to dry and use the base color to touch-up any misshapen hearts or stray spots of paint.
- Apply a layer of Mod Podge to seal your frame.
- Once the frame is completely dry, you can add the picture of your Valentine! Voila! Super easy and really customizable.