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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A Great Start Up Project Tutorial For FIRST TIME FLIPPERS

A beginners guide on How to Turn a Boring white Coffee Table into a Feature Piece for the Lounge Room


Beginners Step by Step How to Flip a Coffee Table with a beautiful Lace-Top Finish


Beginners Step by Step How to Flip a Coffee Table with a beautiful Lace-Top Finish


Your START UP PROJECT on your way to becoming a Furniture Flipping standout

Anybody can flip furniture, do not overwhelm yourself before you start by looking at all the amazing before and after photos  you see on Piniterest. Do not race out to your local Hardware store and fill your trolley  with unnecessary tools that you may never use.

START SMALL-GAIN CONFIDENCE-GAIN EXPERIENCE & Then GAIN an entire home full of beautifully  handcrafted  furniture and decor’ that you have flipped yourself, that is unique and has cost you a fraction of what it would if you had purchased retail.

This Queen Anne Style Coffee Table was one of my first start up projects. Let it also be A great start up project for you. It can be completed in less than 48hrs, the techniques are basic and simple to follow and if you stick to my suggestions the project is very inexpensive.

-My TABLE cost me $10. Do not buy an expensive table, in Australia you have Gumtree, FB groups, eBay and Op Shops and I know you have similar in UK & US with Craig’s List and lots of Goodwill and Thrift stores. Ensure the table is sturdy and  has not had water damage (meaning the wood is not swollen or cracking chipped)

-Second thing  find or purchase  a cheap piece of LACE CURTAINING with a pretty floral pattern that is large enough to cover the top of your table.

SPRAY PAINT is next what you will buy is one that needs no priming. I only use 2 Brands Rust-o-leum and Krylon. You will need 2 choose 2 coordinating colours. I chose a lovely cream for my Base colour this covered the entire table so you will need probably 2 cans of your Base colour and then your Top colour I chose a Minty Sage green this is what I used on the top of my table and the drawer. I also painted a vase and only used 1 can of spray paint.

Sandpaper a medium grade and a light grade and a sanding block to wrap the sand paper around. (This saves your fingernails and deters arthritis….(well so I keep telling myself) Yes you can purchase these at your hardware store however your Dollar Shop probably stocks them cheaper.

Wax & Polish or Polyurythine Spray- I always seal any of my Furniture Flips with Bees Wax The Brand I like to use is Organoil Bees Wax with Citrus Oil. However I am unsure what is available in the UK & US.


STEP ONE-If this is your start up project- Tell everyone to leave you alone and not to disturb you your having “YOU TIME” don’t stress, this is meant to be fun and enjoyable, turn on the music and set your space up with all that you need to complete your project and then clean your project with a damp cloth and give time to dry. At this stage you may like to sand off any varnish however this is not always necessary and more a preference.

STEP TWO- Check out a couple of you-tube videos on how to spray paint with cans then spray your entire table with your Base Coat.

STEP THREE- Once your table is completely dry lay your lace curtain flush over the top of your table ensuring it is in your preferred direction with No wrinkles or bumps. use some masking tape if preferred and tack curtain overlay to the bottom side of the top of the table so that the curtain does not move. Then with your coordinating colour starting at the right hand corner and working across in straight lines spray paint across the top of the curtain. ( you can see where you have sprayed because the colour of the curtain) Do not be heavy handed you want this to be a mist that falls. You can remove the lace curtain after a couple of minutes

STEP FOUR- once you have spray painted your coordinating colour in all the areas that you have chosen too it’s time to distress which is just a matter of grabbing that sand paper and block getting a feel for what grade sandpaper works best against the edges of your table in regards to how distressed (how much paint you want removed). Around the edges , on the corners and following the defined lines of your table. Sand using a slight dragging motion and remove the paint and layers of timber until you are happy with grain that is showing through or what parts of paint have come off. “PERFECT IMPERFECTIONS” is what I like to call them and it only needs to please one person. That one person is you if you are happy with the look then it is PERFECT.

STEP FIVE- using a dry cloth thoroughly dust your beautiful table ensuring that there is not any dust left. With your choice of sealer foller instructions and complete your first flip, take a step back admire and be awesomely proud of your accomplishment. Take 100 photo’s and share them with me and give yourself at least 2 days rest before you rush and buy your next piece of furniture.


DIY ROSE PETAL CANDLE HOLDER- Crystal wine glass, Antique Bone China Saucer Plate & a Bunch of Artificial Silk Flowers is all you will need to complete this Beautiful Project

Before starting this project there are a couple of things you may like to do in preperation as I did.

The first thing was to hop onto eBay and purchase some inexpensive artificial silk flowers. I  was not in any rush to start my project so I bought my flowers from china. They cost me $1.99 aust dollars with free postage and arrive within 3 weeks of purchase date.  You may also at this time want to purchase the strong glue that I have used to secure the plate to the wine glass this will set you back up to $10 australian but is well worth it’s value and I highly reccomend it for any such project.”E600″ it is clear, transparant , flexible and paintable.

The second thing and one of my most favourite things to do is an excursion to your local op shop or goodwill thrift shop. This is to find your perfect base and top for this project. I was fortunate enough to find 2 of each for mind so my single candle holder will actually be a set when my project is complete. The Top’s are exquisite they are from the AYNSLEY Collection of English Bone China and even have the numbers marked on them. The price was a total winner at $1 each. The Bottom’s are just as exquisite they are high end crystal cut glasses with gold stems and cost me $3 for the pair. As you can see an excursion to find these treasures for this project was well worth.

The photo above shows you all that you will need for this project. The project is simple to complete, cost effective as I have already pointed out and can be completed in under and hour with full glue drying time needed 24hrs.

STEP ONE- after cleaning Top and Bottom set aside to dry. Take flower heads and pull apart so that you have each flower as individual petals. Using your hot glue gun competely cover the outside of your wine glass with the individual petals. (ensure that it stills stands, turned upside down when working around the rim of your glass)

STEP TWO- adhere plate to glass with strog glue ensuring it is in the middle allow to set whilst you pull apart the leaves you will be using for the under part of the plate.

STEP THREE- once plate has set enough that it is no longer moving around to much use your hot glue gun to glue your leave on the under part of the plate. I allowed the leaves to fall where they wanted and glued then.

Allow glue to set and dry before placing your candle on top.

I would love to hear your feedback on this project especially any photos of your completed project that you would like to share. You can either comment below or if you prefer you may contact me

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