I had this empty frame hanging in the guest room (the old blue room) on the wall above the dresser. When I revamped the room, I took everything off of the walls and considered which items would find a place in the new room. At the time, I was pretty sure the frame had not made the cut. But, since I’m a big fan of upcycling and using what you already have, I like to put things I’m not using in a staging pile before getting rid of them altogether.
When I hung my already framed, original painting I remembered that I had this silver frame. I selected another one of my original paintings (painted as a teenager), and found it was a perfect fit for it. The only problem was silver didn’t really complement the pieces already hanging in the room. That was an easy fix though: a can of spray paint to the rescue. I sprayed the frame with Krylon’s Antique Gold. The result was a little too brassy and bright though.
I rummaged through my paint stash and found a small bottle of brown antiquing glaze. Using a foam brush, I spread the glaze over the frame, making sure to push the glaze deep in the crevices. The result is that the frame went from looking a little too new to more subdued or aged.
I bought canvas clips to mount the canvas to the frame, but I couldn’t get them to work. The canvas kept falling out. So I used a completely unprofessional solution: gorilla tape. I taped the canvas to the frame on each side and it is held in place rather well.
Here’s how it all looks hung on the wall in the guest room. I actually hung the two paintings staggered next to each other to help deal with the TV on the dresser. I’m glad I finally have some of my own artwork, that has been stored away for years, hanging on the wall!
Have you used antiquing glaze before? Have you framed any art yourself? Have you figured out how to make those canvas clips work? Clue me in!
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