Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to Distress a Frame and Paisley's White Frame Collage!

Have you ever had a project that's been sitting on your list for awhile? Well, for a few weeks, I've wanted to do a white frame collage in Paisley's room and this morning, I finally finished it! Really, I am so excited. Having this project crossed off feels so good. If there's something you've been wanting to do, go....right now.....get busy!

For Paisley's white frame collage, the vision I had is that all of the frames would be white but, they would all be different. I didn't want it to be too "matchy-matchy" because that's hard to add to and maintain long term. I recently picked this brown frame up on a clearance rack for $0.99. I have no experience antiquing or distressing furniture but, I threw that fact aside and decided to go for it. Really, what do I have to loose? 
First I pulled the pink paint out of the garage. This is the same pink paint that we used to paint one of Paisley's walls. I gave the frame one coat of paint and then left it to dry.
 Night #2-The frame got a second coat of pink paint. Again, I let it dry overnight. 
Night #3-The frame got it's first coat of white paint. See, the goal is to have the darker color underneath the lighter color and later, you will lightly sand parts of the lighter color off, so that the darker color will show through. 
 Night #4-The frame got it's second coat of white paint. 
 After the last coat of paint dried for at least 24 hours, I took the finest sandpaper that we own and I lightly sanded the edges and a few other spots on the frame. The pink paint shows through the parts that I sanded and now it has the distressed look that I was wanting. A white frame with just a touch of pink showing through.....perfect for my Paisley's room! 
When I was doing this project, my plan was that this frame would have a really neat quote in it, that I saw on Pinterest a few weeks ago. Turns out, I never pinned this awesome quote that I saw. Seriously, what was I thinking, I saw something I loved and I didn't even save it? I hope I've learned my lesson. Since I wasn't able to find a printable that I was happy with, I decided to make my own. This verse is perfect for my girls room and I like how the yellow paper looks with the green and pink fonts. 
 If you would like to have this printable, you can download it here. 
In the middle of the white frames, I wanted to have a big "P" with polka dots, that are the same colors as her bedroom. I found a plain wooden P at Michael's, painted it white and then cut a circle out of a sponge to use as a stamp.

I stapled a heavy duty white ribbon to the back of the P, so that I could hang it. 
 Here's the finished collage! I totally love it and I think it adds a lot of character to her room. The sticks that you see in vases are spray painted with a light sparkle spray and I hang her bows on them.

 Now that this project is done, I'm already dreaming about the one that I want to do for Judah's room. It's going to be all boy with maybe even some framed train fabric. I'm excited!
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  1. Thanks for the tutorial on how to distress...your frame turned out great! I love that verse too; it's one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  2. The frame and printable turned out really cute!! I love her collage and love this idea for my kids' rooms too. :)

  3. Wonderful! Thank you for the idea, it works great to take out all of you stress. Love it!

  4. love how it turned out! definitely pintrest worthy! :)

  5. I love that! I really love the big "P". :) Could you tell me how you made your link to the PDF? I'd love to be able to do that. Do you just save it as an XML doc? Or a regular PDF? Thanks! :)

    1. Hi Catie! This was my first time adding a document that people could save to their own computers. What I did was create my document in word and then save it as a PDF. Next, I uploaded that PDF to Imageshack and then used the "Direct Link to the Image" as a link, when I said "Download it here". It seems like it worked for me but, I don't know for sure that this is the best way to do it. I kinda just fly by the seat of my pants sometimes... :)
      Hope that helps!

    2. Thanks! I've not heard of Imageshack. :) I'll have to try it!

  6. I like your new header, btw! :)

  7. The frame turned out really lovely :)
    ... visiting from 'new neighbor on the blog'.

    Greetings from Australia♥

  8. That looks great! I'm not too good at distressing things. I way overthink it! Thanks for linking up to my party!

  9. Looks great, friend! Thanks so much for linking up at Live Laugh Linky! Hope you'll stop by again this week.

  10. Thanks for the tutorial! I have to have step by step, so this is great!

  11. Looks great :)
    I love the room!



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