Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Upcycled Photo Frame

I've always been an advocate of recycling and try to implement the three R's - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - where possible. So the concept of Upcycling really appeals to me. Taking something that would otherwise end up on the scrapheap and improving/changing it into something beautiful and/or useful is both rewarding and enjoyable. 

After having a bit of a Spring tidy, I came across this rather neglected, dented and a bit 'meh' photo frame. A perfect candidate for a bit of a makeover.




A few basic supplies:
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge
  • White primer
  • Paint (colour of choice - I've used Duck Egg Blue from Homebase)
  • Black Paint
  • Soft Wax
  • Newspaper/cardboard 




Start off by sanding the frame down to 'rough' up the surface. This will give the primer something to stick to. Three coats was sufficient.


Once dry, paint on the colour of choice. Again, about three coats was enough.




Using a sponge, apply black paint into the recesses to add depth. Before the paint dries, wet the sponge and dab it over the black paint to smudge it around.  


When dry, run sandpaper over the edges to reveal some of the colour beneath. Finish off by rubbing soft wax on to seal the paint. 

I'm very happy with how it has turned out. A lot of fun and so easy to do. 


Note, if you wanted a slightly different effect, you could paint on several different colours of choice and sand to various degrees to reveal the different layers. I've read (after finishing my project of course!) that before painting the final colour, people rub candle wax onto parts of the frame so that the paint comes off easily when scratched with sandpaper. Something to try next time.

Have you upcycled anything lately? Let me know in the comments below.

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