Thursday, August 9, 2012

Annie Sloan Graphite Frame

I love this style frame.  I had an old print in it from the 80's.  Yeah, I bet we all have a few of those lurking about.  I took it down a couple years ago and replaced it with an antique mirror, but then what to do about this very pretty frame that had a wood finish with a forest green mat.

 You probably guessed it.  I ditched the print, the mat and the glass.  Empty frames are big sellers these days, but the wood from the 80's is not.  I painted it with two coats of Annie Sloan graphite chalk paint which is a very dull finish and it didn't show a lot of depth.
 So I took some gold Rub n' Buff and rubbed it on my fingers and finger painted just the decorative part of the design.  Just a teeny bit.  It was still a little too flat for me so I used some Deft lacquer spray in the satin finish and went over it.  It's not shiny at all, but the satin gave it a nice feel to the touch.

You can see that the frame has a nice aged look.  I love this for fall, and I have a couple more frames I might try this finish on.
Let me add a P.S. to this post.  I took the Annie Sloan workshop, and you DO NOT have to use wax.  You can use a regular type of sealer and it works great.  Thanks a bunch for stopping by.
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Lorilee said...

It is beautiful. I have never used Annie Sloan paint, but I have used the gold rub n buff. I love ornate frames.

Bonnie Hitchcock said...

Love it! I paint mine white and sell them as quickly as I bring them in! I buy every large frame I find!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I have some AS graphite paint and Rub n' Buff in my stash. What a great idea and a nice change from white. Oh yes, I remember those 80s prints and colors all too well.

Lynnie @ Vintage Gal Style said...

LOVE how this detailed frame turned all the details of it, just my style.

Tito Eric said...

Interesting details on the corners of that frame. Wonderful!

Cheers ... visiting from Show & Tell Friday!

Tito Eric

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love these detailed frames, too, Maggie! I love the addition of the rub n buf to it. I have a couple of little pieces I just finished with chalk paint, but I added to them {stencil} and I plan on using a spray poly to seal them. It is the first time I'm doing that rather than using the wax, but I just don't think I need the wax in these instances.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The gold really accents the detail on your frame. It looks especially nice against that pretty bark cloth!

NanaDiana said...

The gold really made it pop. Thanks for the info- I was under the impression that you needed to use the wax over the paint- xo Diana

Cynthia said...

This frame is beautiful. I just love ornate frames. You did a great job.

P.S. Don't you just love Rubn' Buff?


Michelle said...

Love this frame and I have all the ingredients to get started!
Question: No as wax for this project or for all projects? I really don't love the waxing process!

Bliss said...

Sitting down from painting frames with CeCe graphite myself. I needed a few more for my window display so picked them up at garage sales yesterday. Now they are on the dining room table drying.


Pat C. said...

Wow! It's gorgeous! I think that the satin finish is just perfect, and the "teeny bit" of the Rub 'n Buff really makes the corner detailing pop!


karen@somewhatquirky said...

Maggie this is beautiful. I have done a test board with graphite but no project yet. I waxed it and the dark wax does give it some depth. you know I'm a fan of the deft finishes though.

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful frame on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love this technique you used.
It's perfect!


Debra @ Common Ground said...

this looks wonderful! I love a good "black" vintage frame. thanks for the tip about the wax. I have some ASCP that I haven't used yet, but no wax. thanks for linking up to Vintage Inspiration!