The best type of makeover is a fast and fabulous makeover, wouldn’t you agree? Today we’re going to do a quick farmhouse makeover for outdated frames!
When I shared my new wireless ceiling light with y’all, I noticed something that needed some fixin’ right away. Did you notice it, too?
Yep, those outdated art pieces.
QUICK FARMHOUSE MAKEOVER FOR OUTDATED FRAMES
Yep, these sweet art pieces needed an update. Actually, it wasn’t the art that needed the update, it was the oak frames. The handmade artwork inside the frames rings very farmhouse to me. And, there are a couple of reasons why these pieces are near-and-dear to my heart.
You see, these were made by my son and daughter in 1999. My children were homeschooled, and this was part of their art class that their grammy (my mom) taught them.
Grammy had seen these farmhouse-style pieces (back when ‘farmhouse’ wasn’t even a style) in a magazine (Better Homes and Gardens?) and decided she could show the kids how to make them, too! Kinda’ see where I get my DIY-love from? So, two reasons I love these… my two children created them and their grammy taught them how to do it! (I know… just makes ya wanna’ cry, doesn’t it? 😉 )
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What You Will Need
For this quick update, you won’t need much…
- Frames (you might even want to do this to some thrifted frames)
- Charcoal acrylic paint (I only had black and gray, so I mixed a bit of gray in the black to give me the charcoal color I wanted)
- Calcium carbonate
- Paint Brushes
- Creme wax (optional… I didn’t end up using it because I liked the finish without the wax)
Paint Your Frames
So easy, huh? I originally started painting with the straight acrylic paint, but didn’t like the sheen that it was giving.
Solution? Add just a bit of calcium carbonate and water to the paint, and you have instant chalk paint!
Three coats is all it takes! (Chalk paint dries super fast!)
What do you think? Black is definitely a trend in farmhouse decor these days. It gives decor a bit of ‘grounding’. I think it added just the right touch.
See…easy peasy! You won’t ever see the original artwork, faded paper, or tattered tags changed because that gives it the vintage look, in my opinion. 😉
Grammy kept it feminine for my daughter.
And masculine for my son. Grammy was always sure to make things work for both her grandson and granddaughter. And imaginative, too! (He, he… fish and spears!)
So, I say it’s a definite improvement.
Now to work on a DIY bookshelf to fit my wee hallway.
Do you have any frames that need a quick update? Hope this inspired you to take a few minutes and change up your décor with a bit of paint!