We are back from visiting our daughter in Northern California and lest you think I was just goofing off the whole week, my husband and I painted every room in the happy couple's new (90 year old) home except for the kitchen and bathroom. I also helped with some yard clearance and helped them pick out the baby's crib, purchased some baby clothes (what first time expectant grandmother wouldn't?) and also selected baby's first toy elephant to go with the circus themed nursery. Whew!!! I need a vacation from my vacation, But baby's room is coming along beautifully and will definitely be ready for its debut. I have to call it baby because my daughter and son-in-law do not want to know if it's a boy or girl until the big moment.
So on with my post for today which was ready before I left, but, really, who had time to upload the photos with all the fun and games? I found two frames while shopping the yard sales a couple of weeks ago. One was heavily gold leafed. I almost felt guilty painting over it, but I just didn't feel I could sell it the way it was.
The first thing I did was ditch the linen liners that were badly yellowed with age. The outer frame was the gold one, the inner frame was scratched up high gloss wood toned.
I painted the gold frame with old white and the wood frame with graphite, both Annie Sloan paints. The white frame was too chalky looking so I toned it down with some Delta champagne gold which comes in a big pot. It's a cross between silver and gold so maybe a platinum?
Then I took dark wax and rubbed it into the crevices and buffed it out. Added a little clear wax and did the same. For the graphite painted frame, I rubbed on the clear wax and then used gold Rub n' Buff on the beautiful details.
I love the transformation of both frames, and the new paint colors really reveal the gorgeous details. What was old is new again. Well, sort of.
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