DIY PAINTED PHOTO FRAMES – A Quick, Fail Proof, Cheap Gift to Make For Mothers Day

This post shows you how quick, easy and inexpensive it is to paint second hand photo frames and how fantastic they are to gift as presents or to resell at a Market stall. With Mothers day just around the corner this would be a great DIY project to do with your children or to sell at a Mother’s Day Craft SalePhoto 25-04-2017, 2 08 27 PM

The Photo Frames displayed in this post have been painted with white chalk paint, a variety of colored spray paints and some have been decorated using a decoupage Technique. How you choose to complete your Frames is a personal choice. This post is a guide line only.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 21 03 PM

The first fun part of redecorating your photo frames is in the purchasing. All my Frames have been purchased from Op-Shops/Thrifts Shops the prices ranged from 50c to $2 Australian. Op Shops always have a massive collection of Photo Frames for sale and if you are new to op shopping you will be astounded by how cheap the prices are so much that you will never want to purchase retail again.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 09 34 PM

Chalk Paint in Australia is rather expensive however one 500ml tin will last you a long time if only used for small projects. My Spray paints, I only use brands that have a primer incorporated in them and that can be adhered to any surface. Generally I only use Rust-o-leum and Krylon. However White King now have a suitable product available in many colours and it is half the price at $7.95 found at Bunnings. It worked perfect on my FramesPhoto 25-04-2017, 2 14 39 PM

Other items I used were Sand Paper- Scrapbook Paper- Tissue Paper- Modge Podge-Lace Trim- Bees Wax Sealer.Photo 25-04-2017, 2 28 45 PM

STEP ONE: Clean all your frames and remove the glass ensuring you remember which glass fits which frame.

STEP TWO: Paint all your Frames and leave to dry. Whilst they are drying The next fun thing is to choose coloured papers and cut to correct size to fit your frames.

STEP THREE: Once Frames are completely dry use your sandpaper of different grades, This being my Favourite part of the project, use the cut of the frame, edges and lines to distress your frame the way you like. I enjoy working with the wood and it’s lines and patterns distressing deeper insome sections than other. If the Frame had an overlaying pattern I rub the sand paper over the top so that the pattern shows through mixed with my paint colour it is very effective.

STEP FOUR: Clean your frames thoroughly ensuring all dust is removed and then rub or spray with you preferred sealer for the frames that are complete, decoupage first the ones that you intend. Then ensemble your frames together with coloured papers and photos and they are complete ready for gifting, selling or displaying.

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Restoring Roadside Rubbish-A Pot Plant Chair Project

Brighten Someones Day, By Brightening their Garden or Porch/Patio with this very Quick Simple & Inexpensive DIY Project



ARTIFICIAL- A chair, florist foam( I always purchase mine cheap on eBay) a container ( I purchased a round washing plastic tub from Bunnings $6.99, artificial plants and shrubs ( I always purchase cheap from eBay) sandpaper of different grades,

Spray paint I would like to tell you about a new brand I have found WHITE KNIGHT SQUIRTS Paint & Prime. This new SQUIRTS Formula has a 10 minute drying time and each can has 3.5 mtrs squared coverage. It Bonds to Wood, Metal, Plastic & more. Now if you have read any of my previous posts you will know that I am very particular about my spray paint and as a rule only use Rust-O-Leum and Krylon. Well after using SQUIRTS Paint & Prime for this project, paying almost 1/2 the price of what I do per can for the other brands and being thoroughly impressed by the products outcome, including the spray flow, no drips, and being true to their word about the extremely fast drying time. I am hooked and will be using Squirts Paint & Prime as my preferred spray paint for all my DIY projects from now on and if you are able to purchase this product to complete your project  I highly recommend.  I purchased mine from Bunnings @ $7.95 per can a huge saving.

 LAVENDER or REAL FLOWERS- I drilled small holes in my plastic tub, The Lavender was on special for approx $7.50 per plant @ Bunnings (x4 plants), a bag of cheap mulch and a bag of white crushed rocks.


STEP ONE- Remove the centre of your chair (beware of redbacks & other spiders mine were covered in it maybe give the chairs a spray in insect killer first and wear gloves). Thoroughly clean your chairs. I also gave mine a light sanding all over however with Squirts this is not necessary rather a choice.

STEP TWO- You can either use masking tape and section areas as you plan your colour scheme or as I did use your first colour and spray your 1st section I wanted the colours to over lap and blend to give it a more aged look when sanding) Whilst drying Yes only 10 minutes not even, spray your plastic tub. Then spray paint your second coat of your first colour and allow to dry.

STEP THREE- My plastic Tubs only needed one coat of Squirts. Now it’s time 2 spray paint your coordinating colour. On my Real Flower Chair I used 2 coordinating colours on my Artificial Chair I used one colour. The nozzle on the spray paints made it easy to make defined lines and as mentioned I wanted the colours to overlap. You can mask over your base colour now if you do not want this look whilst you spray your coordinating colour.  Allow your first coat to dry and spray on your second coat.

STEP FOUR- Distressing and Blending is my favourite part of a project. I find sanding very therapeutic and this is where your unique style take shape. I love giving my projects the aged/shabby chic look “Perfect Imperfections” is what I refer to them as and I spend sometime using different gradients of sandpaper working to achieve a specific vintage look. Inspiration for these chairs came from an image in my memories of chairs that used to be in my great grandmothers garden. By allowing the spray paints to overlap and then sanding them to blend I think I achieved just that. Once you have completed all your sanding wipe off all the dust. I sealed the chairs with 2 coats of Polyurethane  spray.

 ARTIFICIAL FLOWERS Place your tub in the chair first then add your florist foam. There is no special way to add the flowers I just stuck them in until my tub was full. REAL FLOWERS- I haven’t a Green Thumb so I will not be giving any advice on how to pot your shrubs or Lavender all I can say is make it look pretty.

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I BUY SILK FLOWERS with FREE POST for less than $5

Being addicted to op-shopping, over the years I have gathered the most beautiful collection of antique and unique vases. I can not resist the bargain especially when some of my most favourite vases or the ones most commented on only cost me the price of the daily newspaper.

Not all are on display at once, such as the one that decorates the Dining Table. I change That vase each time I change from a Linen table cloth with roses to a 70’Retro pattern to a crochet embroided piece in either beige or cream. However My house would probably display in it’s decor a lot more vases and floral arrangements than the average home and as I have an eclectic come vintage/shabby chic decor appearance throughout the majority of my home I think the extra vases add extra charm.

So where do I find all the artficial silk flowers, posies, single stems and foliage to fill my vase collection? and where and how do I purchase it for less than $5 and receive free post?

“eBay”- Yes that’s right …..but and there is a BUT it is not as quick and easy as just looking at a picture and pressing the BUY NOW button. NO NO NO. All the flowers do come from overseas china, Indonesia , Hong Kong  (Wait don’t Gasp) these are not rubbishy flowers as you can see in the photo’s however you need to do your homework to ensure that is not what you are purchasing.

My Tips are:

– Always read the full description, check that you are not just purchasing flower heads and that you are receiving stems as well.

-Check the measurements to ensure they are the length needed.

– The photo they present will be of a certain quantity of that flower and at most times the seller will stipulate this if you wish for your vase to look the same filled with flowers you will have to purchase the same quantity of that flower to perfect the same look in volume (remember this when   ordering and buying) a good example of this is in my featured photo . I purchased the suggested amount to achieve the full volume look that matched the photo displayed in the sellers advert.

-always compare prices between sellers I save the sellers to my Favourites List to refer back too.

– be patient do not be in a hurry to receive these items as postage can take up to 6 weeks, so make sure you order in plenty of time prior to needing the flowers or do as I do save your pennys and order all at once so you have always got extras at home.

Make sure you have a Paypal account as many of the overseas sellers only allow purchasing through paypal.

-Always check that it is actually cheaper with free shipping against the sellers who chargers $1 shipping  sometimes what looks cheaper at first glance isnt once you calculate and compare prices.

It may take you a little bit more time purchasing your silk flowers this way but if you like to save money and don’t want to pay the extravagant prices asked for flowers in the decor boutiques, You will be extremely happy once you receive your first purchase of flowers and once you see the quality you receive for your money I am certain like me you will purchase more.

Please share any photos of vases you have purchased from opshops that you love or any flowers you purchase from eBay. I am always interested in show and tells.

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