I'm back today to share another project that I had published in the August issue of Scrap n' Art. This is a "beach house" style altered picture frame.
Oh, how I love sunny summer days at the beach! To capture that feeling, I wanted to frame this old photo of my son and husband. Although I've often seen the "beach house" style depicted in magazines, I had never attempted it before. (As I Minnesotan, I tend to gravitate more toward a "northwoods" home decor style.) But now that I've had the enjoyable hands-on experience of distressing the frame, I will definitely use this style again.
It's easy to give a "beach house"-style makeover to an old frame from a thrift store. Lightly sand the frame, then apply a coat of white acrylic paint. While the paint is still wet, press some burlap into it at random spots, to add a little texture. While you're waiting for the painted frame to dry, layer together papers, stickers, and a special photo to fit inside the frame. After the frame is dry, lightly sand it in random spots, to simulate a weather-worn look. Embellish the project with buttons, stickers, twine, staples, and hearts cut by hand from the paint-stained burlap--and then your project is done!
Now it's autumn, and the warmth of summer is fading fast, but I'll always have this home decor piece to brighten my days.