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Monogrammed Thrift Frame (before and after)

This is another frame that will be part of the gallery wall in my dining room.  It's taking me forever to get this gallery wall done but I think it will be worth it in the end.  It's finally starting to all come together!

I'm seeing that people are decorating with gold frames again/still and the sketch I think is actually kind of sweet, but it just wasn't what I was going for. 

I bought two octagon shaped frames for only $1.00 each at our local Deseret Industries (thrift store).  I actually Googled octagon frames for ideas and my frames came up in the search as 'vintage' from 1984 and are worth a whopping $12 each, woo hoo!  What I would like to know is since when are the 80's considered vintage?!  I feel so old.   

I'm working on refinishing the other frame as well and am waiting to receive an epiphany on how to finish it.  I have some ideas, but none of them so far have felt like they're 'the one'.

The gold finish needed a coat of grey primer first before the paint.  I spray painted it with Rustoleum's sage color spray paint.  It's the same color as the dollar store diva frame that I recently posted.

I followed Stephanie Lynn's tutorial for the monogram.  I cut out the vinyl with my Silhouette and then added a piece of burlap behind the glass.  I really like the texture that the burlap adds.

A Little Side Note

When I post about Silhouette (vinyl) projects I hope that it doesn't make any of you feel bad that want one but aren't able to buy one, I worry about that.  They're pretty pricey and it seems if you read craft blogs that everyone has one.

I've mentioned this before, but since many of you are new readers, I'm saying it again:  Enter the Silhouette giveaways!  It was a long shot (1 out of over 2,000 I think), but I actually won my Silhouette!  I entered 15 giveaways and even stayed up really late one night to do it.  It was the last comment that I left at nearly 4 am that won.  Was I extremely tired the next day?  Yes!  Was it worth it?  Definitely!  It never hurts to try, you never know, you might actually win.

To give it a distressed look, I used an ink pad (dark walnut) and the tip of my finger to apply the ink on the edges and corners.  The ink will just rub right back off, so it will need to be sealed with a clear acrylic spray.  You can use matte or gloss, whatever look you like best.

This is the fourth piece of the gallery wall that I've shown you.  The other pieces are the dollar store diva frame, the fabric covered magnet board, and the faux window.  It won't be a traditional gallery wall but I'm really excited with the direction it's going!

I'm curious, in my Google search I pretty much only saw 'vintage' octagon frames, have you seen any used in decor recently?  Would you hang one on your wall?

Today's Fabulous Find...$1 Octagon Thrift Frame

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Christie said...

The 2nd octagon might make a pretty spiderweb for Halloween. Have string in the middle to make the actual web and get a spider from the dollar store to put in the middle.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh you are so creative. I love the monogram. Fabulous idea. Hugs, Marty

Susan said...

I miss D.I.! When our kids were at BYU we made a trip there every yr. My favorite thing to paw through was the flatware. I found some WWII army spoons that I love.

Unknown said...

I love your thrift store makeover, it turned out beautiful! Now following you, would love for you to visit and follow me too :)


Janet said...

To Susan: What a great find! I'll have to keep an eye out.

farmhouse-story said...

love the monogram, janet:) the sage color is so pretty, and i love how you used ink to antique it! happy weekend!

Lissa (Bellenza) said...

How clever of you to look out for octagonal frames...makes a lovely difference!

Unknown said...

fabulous redo project Janet -- what a fantastic vision you have. :)

Valerie Earnest said...

I love how it turned out- what a great find!

Lynette said...

I can't wait to see what your wall looks like when you are finished! Everything so far is really cute.

Unknown said...

I love using thrift store frames, too! This turned out beautifully! I'm a new follower from House Of Hepworths link party.


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