Thrift Frame: Painting Vinyl Designs

This frame is another part of the gallery wall in my dining room.  I have two more projects to finish and then I'll post pictures and show you how it has all come together and move on--promise! :)  

I was waiting for an epiphany on how to finish this frame and I think I finally got it!  I wanted something round in shape to go with the monogram frame and that kept with the theme of my gallery wall--a nest made perfect sense.

The 'Before'--a $1 Thrift Store Find

Click here for the tutorial on how to paint the frames.  The color of the green frame is Valspar's Apple 4.  

The bird nest design started as an image from Microsoft clip art.  I followed the tutorial here at Sew Dang Cute to convert it into an image that could be cut with the Silhouette.

I applied the vinyl nest to the outside of the glass and then used paint to add some much needed color.

The color of paint I wanted to use (Rustoleum's Sage) is spray paint, so I sprayed some into a plastic cup and then painted it onto the glass using a disposable foam brush.  The paint went on very smooth and because it's on the opposite side of the glass from the vinyl it also gives it some dimension. 

I like how the texture of the burlap (on the backside of the glass) shows through in the nest. This picture best represents the actual colors.

Painting the eggs on the glass was so much fun and I can not wait to try this again!  In a way it reminds me of paint by number pictures. 

If you were to cut a vinyl design as your outline and put it on glass, you could paint it any color that you want and not be limited by the availability of vinyl colors.  Paint is less expensive than vinyl too. 

Additional Ideas
  • For a boys room you could cut out the outlines of a train, plane, and automobile in vinyl, put the designs on 8x10 (dollar store or thrift) frames, and then paint the back of the glass in colors that matched the bedroom design.
  • For a girls room you could use flowers, butterflies, princesses, crowns, etc.
  • Other projects you could use this technique on include:  small ornaments, signs, or names (one letter in each frame and hung with a ribbon). 

I hope you're enjoying your weekend! 

Today's Fabulous Find...
Painting Vinyl Designs on Glass

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Rhonda said...

This is such a great idea! I've never thought about painting the opposite side of vinyl designs, but it's genius - thanks for sharing!

Gremma said...

This is one of the most innovative ideas I have seen in quite a while! I am so glad I subscribe to you! I am just redoing my bathroom and this idea will work perfectly! Thank you sooooo much!

Claire @ a little something in the meantime . . . said...

What an awesome tip! I have a limited selection of vinyl colours and an UNlimited collection of paint. You just gave me a whole new way to enjoy my Silhouette :)

Lissa (Bellenza) said...

What a clever way to achieve depth in a project like this!

pooky said...

Wow, Janet!!! Beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing the how to!

Karen said...

Wow! It turned out great! I love those frames!! Fabulous job:)

lynn said...

i had no idea you could do this with the silhouette--thanks for sharing, janet! love the cute nests-going to go check out the tut now!

BKWilliams said...

That is just too cute. I love the ideas you come up with to create such awesome stuff.

Lynette said...

Very cute and creative. :)


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