|This is the first sanding. Notice there is still a bit of glossy appearance in 2 small areas? A 2nd pass eliminated that.|
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Chump change artwork makeover
What does $3 and some change getcha?
In my case I got 2 crap-tastic pictures. But wait ! There's more! Remember how I talked about releasing my inner dude because I am decorating a man cave for the hubb's BFF? I was trying to find dude-ly art that wasn't Nascar, a buck, a babe or a pick up truck. So I went for boats and water. These are kinda manly ...right?
Picture #1 was a cheap-o print framed in an even cheaper fake tacky goldi-sh metal-plastic frame. I sorta ripped it apart before I remembered I needed a before picture. oops! It was originally priced $1 at Goodwill but it was 50% off day so I got it for $0.50
Add to this 1 worn and very blah solid oak picture frame. This was serendipitous because I had this in my garage for some time. I had picked it up for $2 and miracle of miracles it was a perfect fit!
Using 100 grit sandpaper I gave the frame the twice over to remove the gloss/ lacquer so my paint would have something to stick to. I tacked it off when finished. I am left with a very dull looking frame. But that is about to change.
Out comes the hammered bronze paint (it is what I had on hand AND the "hammer" finish hides any imperfections on the frame). Just remember SAFETY first when spray painting. Avoid open flames, spray in a well ventilated area and use PPE (Proper Protective Equipment). I am using a half face respirator equipped with organic vapor cartridges. Any Home Depot or Lowe's will carry respirators and replacement cartridges specific to your application (painting, dust/ particulates, toxic dust, multi-purpose, etc) Prices for replacement cartridges to a full kit can vary from $14-$50. Remember this is a small price to pay to protect your health! (And sorry for the VERY bad picture of me)
Here's the frame after 2 thin coats, looking kinda snazzy!
Here it is clean glass and everything. Looks almost classy right?
They almost look like they go together. Not bad for $3.50
So I asked the hubb's BFF (for whom this artwork is intended) what he thought of these and HE LOVES IT! Wah-Hoo! Of course both the guys were completely impressed with my thriftin and handy dandy skills. The best compliment I could get though is when they said. they looked like they would easily cost $20 apiece or more and they looked kinda classy. Haha, I'll take it!
From Crap-tastic to Fan-tastic! i'm telling you there isn't anything a little paint can't gussy up!
Me=Thrifty Rockstar! (Modest ain't I?)
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