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During one of my now frequent visits to the charity shops, I spotted a fabulous pair of matching gold picture frames hiding at the back of a store. They were going for a song and as soon as I saw them, I knew they’d be lush in the master bedroom.

Although ridiculously tempted to keep the vintage peonies they housed, I specifically bagged the frames for my own artwork, so I cracked on with dismantling them. However, as has become somewhat of a recurring theme with my projects, swapping out the original pictures proved to be rather more of a chore than I was expecting.

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I was keen to keep the mounts, as I think the circles and gold borders add a stylish decorative touch. But it turned out that the boards on which the pictures were painted were completely stuck inside the mounts, kyboshing any thoughts I had of simply removing them and inserting my own picture.

Typical.

Not to be defeated, I went to work on the boards themselves. After priming them to try and blot out some of the colour, I painted over the original art and the pink circles with the same DecoArt Antique White acrylic that I used for the mache letters and song lyrics canvas.

Once they were dry, I took a small brush and carefully re-painted the circles gold, using DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Splendid Gold. This finally left me with a nice blank frame with which to display new artwork.

I’m rubbish at drawing, but I am a dab hand at Photoshop, so that’s what I used to create both the letters and the heart.

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I created “Love” by sizing individual letters in Photoshop, printing them on paper, then using carbon paper to transfer each letter onto two different gold papers.

It’s an old-fashioned technique, but one that’s easy and really effective. I use it a lot, as you may remember from OneandSeventy’s house sign and The Besties’ Whisky Box.

After cutting out the final gold letters, it was simply a case of arranging them where I wanted on the newly-painted board and gluing them into place.

To make “Heart”, I first sized a heart shape on Photoshop to the dimensions I wanted. After printing and cutting it out, I used it as a template to draw a heart on the board.

Of course, this could also be done freehand. I did warn you I was rubbish at drawing!

The template helped me create a solid gold heart using the same metallic gold as the circle and then once that was dry, I glued the black heart onto the gold heart and over-painted it in black crafter’s acrylic.

Et Voilà!

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It totally looks like I’ve been channelling Picasso and now, two frames that were once unloved and discarded have become a stylish addition to the OneandSeventy boudoir.

You know what they say… One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

Not only that but for the first time ever, I managed to hang more than one picture in perfect alignment, all thanks to this brilliant hanging tip from Love Grows Wild.

I sleep nearest the window, so every morning when I wake up, Love and Heart are the first things I see.

And every morning, I smile a secret smile…

Because I made them and they cost next to nothing.

And because they are pretty damn lovely.

You could say I’m pretty chuffed with myself.

What do you think? Do you feel inspired to get down to the charity shop and recycle a few frames of your own? As always, I’d love to hear from you, so drop a note below to let me know, or come on over to Facebook to join in the chat.

A hui hou,

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Whether you're saving pennies, or you just want to frame one of your own masterpieces, charity shop picture frames are a great and inexpensive way to add new art to your walls | @SuzyHomemakerUK

This project first appeared on The World of Suzy Homemaker on 14 November 2014

 

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