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Vintage Frames: Reworked

I adore vintage frames.  I especially love ones that have intricate details.  At auctions, they are one thing I always have to bid on.  Even my brother and husband can spot a “Rachel frame” to bid on, just in case I miss seeing one come across the auction block. Always nice to have my boys watching out for me. 🙂

Frames are such a great product to reuse.  They usually don’t get too much abuse, so they can easily be given new life with just a new image or a coat of spray paint.

I recently “repurposed” these vintage frames for a client.  These first pictures were taken after I had already put one coat of spray-painted primer on. 

The frames did not have glass in them.  The images were printed on a sturdy cardboard, and were not warped…score!  So, I just painted right over them.  I put 2 coats of primer, and 2 coats of glossy white over the entire piece.  Then I used acrylic paint to create the painting on the inside of the frame.  I started with a light taupe to set the image off from the white frame.

The images are for a grey bathroom with a fuschia ceiling.  Yes, you read that right… a fuschia ceiling!  {by the way, the risk was totally worth it – it turned out stunning}  I painted some dainty fuschia flowers to pull down the color from the ceiling & gave them a grey base.

Then, just a swift flick of the brush with black to give the flowers some stems.

And here they are ready to hang on the wall!

Gorgeous frame update!

Just can’t beat a one-of-a-kind, custom art piece… especially one that costs less than buying from the store!  Love!




I'm Rachel.

I am a small town girl passionate about creativity, color, and most of all: helping people bring their homes to life in ways they never thought possible. On the Rardon Design blog, I enjoy sharing thoughts, inspirations, and our projects. Thanks for reading.

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