I have a stockpile of old picture frames. Many of them are large frames left from my grandpa who was an artist. Others are thrift store and estate sale finds. I never spend more than $2-3 for a large, sturdy wooden frame. If I didn’t give myself those boundaries, I would have a garage full of them, as I see them everywhere.
I love trying out new painting techniques on frames, because they are small, and easy to fix if I mess them up. Making a mistake on a gorgeous antique dresser is not a predicament I want to get myself into. I use the frames to make chalkboards or chicken wire frames to sell at my pop-up markets.
This frame was painted in my favorite Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint color, Kitchen Scale. I painted the first coat with homemade chalk paint in white, and then went over it with Kitchen Scale. I slightly distressed it to show the white, and some of the wood, through the paint.
Clearly, I chose to go a different route with this frame. I kept it open, and added this welcome banner across it.
To make the banner, I cut out triangles of fabric with pinking shears (to prevent fraying), and then cut out smaller triangles of burlap. Using a simple stencil, I painted the letters with black acrylic paint. I sewed the fabric triangles closed on the top, and then sewed the burlap layer on top.
This banner was actually a test to see if I actually liked the vision in my head. I’ve used burlap on top of fabric once before, on this cross for an Easter display, and liked the look, but wasn’t sure how it would work with lettering. I ended up loving this little welcome banner, so I used the same method to create a large banner with my shop name, Refresh Relove (I’m still building a Facebook following – feel free to send me some love here). I hung it up at my first large pop-up market last month!
Side Story: Unfortunately, I have zero pictures of that day, as I was extremely short on time. Flat tire on the rusty trailer + 20 miles away from the market + on the highway + by myself = no fun. Even though this girl can change a tire by herself, I couldn’t get two of the rusted lugnuts lose. Thank goodness for Illinois tolls that pay for highway help! I arrived with 30 minutes to unload and set up. Thankfully, my sister met me there to help, and we did it, but with no time to spare. I guess it is a good thing that we were so busy for the first 5 hours of the market that we didn’t get a chance to take pictures.
Anyway…I like the style of this banner, and I may end up making a few more to hang in frames at my next market.
For now, this old picture frame has a new life as a welcome sign for guests inside our front door!
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