DIY Faux Vintage Picture Frame

Every now and then I like to apply my paints to something other than paper and test my craftiness. So when a friend of mine asked for a frame to go with the painting she ordered, I knew [almost] immediately that I wanted to make one. (Partly a result of having a mental image of what I wanted and not being able to find it...) The soft colors and sweet beachy theme of the bouquet/wedding called for a rustic, vintage, Shabby Chic-style frame. Here's how you can make your own!

Supplies:

- a frame in the color you want to show through (I bought this one)

- white acrylic paint

- sponge paintbrush

- coarse or extra coarse sandpaper (very important!)

*Full disclosure, I 100% winged this. You may find a better way; if you do, let me know!

Some tutorials will recommend that you sand the frame first, but I didn't find that was necessary. So step one - after taking off the back and removing the glass - is paint! I ended up layering 3 coats on all sides with the sponge brush just to cover the grain. This may take a couple of days depending on the amount of time you have to work on it.

Be sure to lay down some newspaper or packing paper to cover your surface. Since you're painting the whole thing, paint is bound to get on something. :)

Be sure to lay down some newspaper or packing paper to cover your surface. Since you're painting the whole thing, paint is bound to get on something. :)

After the paint is completely dry (as in no longer tacky), use a sheet of coarse or extra coarse sandpaper and start roughing up all the edges. The coarseness is important; I tried it with a finer grain to begin with and it didn't even make a scratch on the thick acrylic paint. You want some of the original frame peeking through the layered paint.

When it comes to choosing where to rub the paint off, consider where paint would naturally wear down over time: corners, raised bevels, etc. The best part of DIY projects, though, is putting your own spin on it!

When it comes to choosing where to rub the paint off, consider where paint would naturally wear down over time: corners, raised bevels, etc. The best part of DIY projects, though, is putting your own spin on it!

And there you have it! Since I was going for a sand-blown beach look for this bouquet painting, I kept it pretty simple with a lot of white and softly rubbed edges. But this could get way more rustic and worn depending on your tastes and what is being framed. 

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What would you put in this DIY frame?

 

Days 21 - 31

*drumroll please* The last week and a half of August's outfits are here! August was SO fun and I felt like that reflected in my outfit choices. It was also somewhat of a rollercoaster as far as the weather goes which is also clearly reflected. But enough thoughts! Pictures first, then wrap-up.

Days 21 - 23

 
August 21: grey muscle tank (similar) | floral jeans (similar | similar) | sandals (gold beaded accent) August 22: white jeans | mustard lace tank (similar | love this for fall) | blue and white striped flats (similar) August 23: olive jeans | black lace tank (similar) | leopard ballet flats

August 21: grey muscle tank (similar) | floral jeans (similar | similar) | sandals (gold beaded accent)

August 22: white jeans | mustard lace tank (similar | love this for fall) | blue and white striped flats (similar)

August 23: olive jeans | black lace tank (similar) | leopard ballet flats

 

Days 24 - 27

 
August 24: grey tee | white skirt (similar) | gold loafers (similar | similar) August 25: white tee | golden bandana | olive shorts (similar | similar) | cognac sandals August 26: chambray snap-down (similar) | leggings (similar) | sneakers (similar | similar) August 27: grey Magnolia tee  | cutoffs | cognac sandals

August 24: grey tee | white skirt (similar) | gold loafers (similar | similar)

August 25: white tee | golden bandana | olive shorts (similar | similar) | cognac sandals

August 26: chambray snap-down (similar) | leggings (similar) | sneakers (similar | similar)

August 27: grey Magnolia tee  | cutoffs | cognac sandals

 

Days 28 - 31

 
August 28: jeans | striped button-down | nude lace-up flats August 29: white jeans | grey sweatshirt tee (similar | similar) | black flats (similar) August 30: striped long sleeve tee | black jeans | red rain flats August 31: 3/4 sleeve indigo dress (similar) | red rain flats

August 28: jeans | striped button-down | nude lace-up flats

August 29: white jeans | grey sweatshirt tee (similar | similar) | black flats (similar)

August 30: striped long sleeve tee | black jeans | red rain flats

August 31: 3/4 sleeve indigo dress (similar) | red rain flats

 

Wrap-Up

Time to wrap up what has been a wonderful experience - making dressing in what is usually the most difficult month fun again! In addition, getting to draw clothes (almost) every day not only served to warm up my skills but also made me so happy. It's such a pleasure to get to do some work for myself and clothes are my very favorite thing to draw! 

Thank you for tagging along with me during this self-imposed experiment!

Days 14 - 20

This past week I had the chance to work from home most days (hooray!), and over the weekend we went to my parents' house to help them pack. All in all a pretty casual week calling for pretty casual outfits. :)

Days 14 - 15

 
August 14: navy floral skirt | red and white striped tee | nude lace-up flats (similar) August 15: dark-wash jeans | dark denim button-down tank (similar | similar) | navy bandana (similar) | tan cutout loafers (similar)

August 14: navy floral skirt | red and white striped tee | nude lace-up flats (similar)

August 15: dark-wash jeans | dark denim button-down tank (similar | similar) | navy bandana (similar) | tan cutout loafers (similar)

 

Days 16 - 19

 
August 16: navy dot tee dress (similar) | mustard flats August 17: olive shorts (similar | similar) | grey sweatshirt tee (similar | similar) | cognac sandals August 18: grey tee dress (similar) | patterned wrap (similar) | leather Keds August 19: cutoffs | light denim button-down tank (similar) | cognac sandals

August 16: navy dot tee dress (similar) | mustard flats

August 17: olive shorts (similar | similar) | grey sweatshirt tee (similar | similar) | cognac sandals

August 18: grey tee dress (similar) | patterned wrap (similar) | leather Keds

August 19: cutoffs | light denim button-down tank (similar) | cognac sandals

 

Day 20

 
August 20: cutoffs | navy eyeglasses print tee (similar) | mustard flats

August 20: cutoffs | navy eyeglasses print tee (similar) | mustard flats

 

Days 7 - 13

What a crazy week, weather-wise! We had slightly cooler (low 80s) and rain at the beginning of the week, ending with days that felt WAY warmer than the thermometer read. Is it just me or does it gets hard to be motivated to wear anything except the least acceptable amount when it gets super hot/muggy? Btw, I never drew my trench but it made a few appearances in Instagram Stories and it is SUCH a value-add in my wardrobe. Here's the link if you wanna check it out!

Day 7

 
black tank dress (similar) | nude lace-up flats (similar)

black tank dress (similar) | nude lace-up flats (similar)

 

Days 8 - 11

Day 12

 
August 12: navy & white tank (similar | similar) | jean shorts (similar) | cognac sandals August 13: mustard & white striped tee (similar) | olive shorts (similar | similar) | leather Keds | straw baseball cap (similar)

August 12: navy & white tank (similar | similar) | jean shorts (similar) | cognac sandals

August 13: mustard & white striped tee (similar) | olive shorts (similar | similar) | leather Keds | straw baseball cap (similar)

 

Don't forget to let me know how YOU dress when it's ridiculously hot & humid outside! I need all the help I can get!