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Garden Entrance Art and Distressed Frame Tutorial

Garden Wall Art and Distressed Frame TutorialHere’s A distressed frame tutorial, creating a distressed look with a pop of color underneath.

The Flea Market is such a great place. I picked up 8 great little frames for 5 dollars! So, of course a fun project is in order!  I used4 of the frames and mixed them together with a wooden, painted plaque and a few small canvases to create a unique cluster of hanging art, that matches my modern floral chair makeover.

To distress the frames / plaque:

1. Paint the wooden frames and plaque the base color you want to show through on each piece. Make sure your frames are wooden and have not been painted before. The base coat will peal off as well revealing the original color if the acrylic paint doesn’t attach well. (If your okay with it showing through, go for it anyway! … one of my frames was painted gold, so I was good with that showing through a little) Let the paint dry and apply additional coats as needed to get a solid opaque color.

2. Take a white, unscented candle and rub it hard on the edges and places you want the next coats of paint to scratch off. If you have a lighter color over a darker color, you’ll need extra coats of the top paint. Also if you are hand painting on any detail you’ll want to do that as well before scratching off the wax. It will give a more authentic distressing look.

3. Once your top color and details are painted on and dry, you can scratch off the wax. Light sand paper will work, but I prefer to use my fingernail. It gives me more control of what and wear is scratched.

Hand distressing is an easy way to bring new life to old frames, and seems to wow everyone who sees the complete look together.

In designing this wall art cluster I also added some canvasses. I love adding canvases to the mixture because they add a little depth when you paint the edges as well. One of the 4″x4″ canvases I had painted an arrow (super easy), then on the other two I used mod podge and printed off designs. Then painted over the printed design with my red-orange contrast color. You need to remember to paint on the canvas before you put additional layers of the mod podge on, it creates a slick surface the paint does not want to stick to.

Here’s the 6″x6″ Garden typography print I designed. If you like it, you can download it for yourself for free too… right here: Garden Typography 6×6

Garden Typography CloseupJust print (do not scale) and cut around the thin outside line, and you can make the same canvas I did for yourself! You can also download my 3 Peppers Wall art here as well: 3 Peppers Wall Art. If you would like either of the other pictures that match the modern chair makeover, e-mail me, and I’m happy to email them to you for free.

Here’s how the final wall turned out:

Garden Nook Hanging Wall Art and Distressed Frame Tutorial

In the garden entrance you can also see some of my other projects: The Modern Floral Chair Makeover, A No-Sew Old T Shirt Throw Pillow, and I also used one of my Old T Shirt Flowers in the little white distressed frame I just made and adorkristy o

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  1. I love a color coordinated theme. This looks great. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  2. I love the distressed frames–so cool! I’m heading over to check out your old t-shirt flowers too! I popped over from Domestic Superhero–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  3. Thanks for posting this, it was exactly what I’ve been looking for to freshen up some old frames! :)

  4. What pretty frames and a great looking vignette.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  5. Looks great. I need to make some of these for my porch. Pinned it.

  6. Your frames look fabulous – I love the punch of color! I really like those t-shirt flowers too – looks great in that frame! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow. Enjoy your Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  7. Looks great!! Wonderful job!!


  8. Wow this looks greats! I love the Garden print! Pinning.
    Found you at Martha Monday.

  9. so fun! They turned out great!

  10. Hey,
    Visiting from your feature on Domestic Superhero! Great job!

  11. Love! Love! LOVE! The artwork is so perfect! I have an entryway that I would like to spice up a bit with a gallery wall! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  12. LOVE it! Featuring you tonight and pinned!

  13. So fun and cute! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can’t wait to see what goods you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  14. You were Featured!! Please come by and grab a button Thank you so much for sharing your adorable entry at Super Saturday Show & Tell :) xoxo~ Ruthie

  15. Found you through Super Saturday Show and Tell. Love your blog!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

  16. So cute!! Thanks for the tutorials. I love the flower in a frame. I would love for you to link them up at my craft party SHOW-licious Craft Showcase. Just follow the link….



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