May 29, 2012

Shabby Striped Frame

Hey you guys!
Did you have a great, sun-filled Memorial Day weekend??

I sure hope it was great :) 
I was able to relax with my boys a bit which was exactly what I needed. 
It's weird having classes sporadically throughout the summer... and having 5-6 days off between each one.
Makes me feel out of sorts some.

But soaking up the sun at the lake this past weekend was amazing. 
And then we just had a lazy family day all day yesterday which is rare. 

But back to all the craziness now :)

I know I'm a tease and I shared a fun sneak peek of one of my weekend projects on my facebook page yesterday...
but that's not what I'm showing you today.
Told ya I was a tease :)
That's coming later this'll just have to stick around!!

I think you'll like this quick little project just as much. 
I was in need of a space-filler when little man accidentally broke one of my doo-dads that sits on my fireplace. 
So here's what I came up with...with a little patriotic flare at the moment. 

Didn't it turn out shabby-chic gorgeous? 

I'm in love with dark wood against a creamy white.
It's just perfection...

It started as one of those plain, blank frames from Hobby Lobby...

And I used my new favorite dark walnut stain by Rust-oleum. 
I love love love how this color turned out.
I usually use Minwax but bought this on a whim and am SO glad I did. 
Beautiful dark color :) 

I stained the whole frame with the dark walnut and let it dry overnight. 

I wonder if you've ever noticed that about half my small projects occur on the floor of my living room. haha. 

My rug or coffee table always seems to be in background...
and weird little fact- I've used the same couple pieces of scrap paper to paint/stain on for...umm...forever.
And I finally had to throw them away after this project because they were practically shredding apart. 

After the stain was good and dry, I used painters tape to tape off some thin stripes. 

Then I painted a creamy white with some acrylic paint I had on hand. 
It took a couple coats to get a good, even coverage. 

I made the mistake of using off-brand painters tape thought...and it bled through some.
No problem with this project because I was shabby-ing it up anyway. 
But good to know for anytime I'm wanting perfect lines. 

Then peel the paint off and you get instant gorgeous stripes!
I took a piece of sanding paper to it to shanty it up. 
I wanted it to have that scuffed look so the stain could show through some of the white stripes. 

And I was in love :)
I'm going to be using it to display different printables throughout the seasons. 
I haven't had a place to do that yet so it's nice to have a frame completely dedicated for change. haha. 

And in case you're wondering where the patriotic bling inside the frame came from, 
you'll be seeing it again soon in a free printable form :)

Cuz I  really do love you sooo much. 

I painted all the edges of the frame white just cuz.
It's one of those things that you just have to know what look you want :)
Paint until it looks right!

Are you over the whole shanty look yet? 
I'm not...but then again, I don't know if I ever will be. 
I like bits of shanty-chic here and there throughout my decor. 
Keeps everything from looking too...picture perfect. 

What do you think of my little striped frame? 
It's an easy summer project that's perfect for displaying all the fun printables out there in blogland!

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  1. You and your Paint Girl...amazing! Love this project Kelsey! Super adorable and Perfect!!

  2. Love it!! I especially love the printable, can't wait to get it. :) It's exactly what I've been wanting for a frame I already have. Although now you've made want to make a new frame for it. lol

  3. I'm very impressed. You've given us an easy to do project that we could change up with different designs. Good to know the color of the stain, too. Thanks for sharing that. I hate guessing when I'm looking for certain colors. Liz

  4. Kelsey,

    What a great project, the dark stain really makes the white stripes stand out. Love it!

    Tanya :)

  5. What an eye catcher! It looks so great. I can't wait to see what other printables it will showcase :)

  6. I really like this, great weathered look. Thanks for linking up to Beyond the Picket Fence.

  7. Oh I love this!! This is adorable!! Hope you can link up at my trendy tuesday party!!


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