Dis­tressed: make your own trendy frames

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Ash­ley Stem­mett • Project An­nelie Koorzen Pho­to­graphs Donna Lewis, Christo Lötter

Pic­ture frames that have

an aged ap­pear­ance com­ple­ment images in a unique man­ner; make your own and cre­ate a fo­cal wall.

Here’s how...

1 With the cloth, rub shoe pol­ish into the grain of the wood to darken the sur­face – but keep in mind that the waxy prop­er­ties of the pol­ish will also pre­vent sub­se­quent coats of paint from ad­her­ing to the wood. This will as­sist in cre­at­ing the peel­ing paint ef­fect. Re­mem­ber Do not rub the pol­ish onto the mitred edges, as glue will not ad­here prop­erly there ei­ther. 2 Ap­ply two coats of white paint. Note The shoe pol­ish may turn the paint pink; wait for the paint to dry and ap­ply an­other coat of white. 3 When the paint has dried com­pletely, rub an even layer of petroleum jelly onto the sur­face. This will pre­vent sub­se­quent (coloured) lay­ers of paint from ad­her­ing to the white layer, and help to cre­ate the ef­fect of cracked, peel­ing paint. 4 Now paint a thin layer of grey or blue paint (shown here) onto the wood us­ing quick move­ments and then al­low it to dry thor­oughly. Note Dry­ing time may be af­fected by the petroleum jelly. 5 Use the paint scraper to re­move sec­tions of paint to re­veal the wood un­der­neath. 6 and 7 Put some glue onto the mitred edges of the wood and hold the cor­ners firmly to­gether while sta­pling it to­gether from the back; you may need an ex­tra pair of hands for this. Place the frame face down and weigh it down for an hour to en­sure the joints are sturdy. Take the com­pleted frame to a glass sup­plier and ask them to cut a pane to fit within the re­bate. Mount the im­age you wish to use, and dis­play.

Help­ful hints

• Pic­ture rails are ideal for cre­at­ing dec­o­ra­tive frames be­cause they al­ready have a re­bate to ac­com­mo­date the glass and mount­ing board. If you use skirt­ing boards or dado rails, you will need to cut a re­bate of 5 x 5mm on the in­side edge of the frame.

• To cre­ate an au­then­tic ef­fect, work with the in­di­vid­ual pieces of the frame and only glue them to­gether once you have com­pleted the paint ef­fects.

• Scrap­ing more paint from two op­pos­ing sides and leav­ing the other sides in­tact will give the im­pres­sion that the frame was cre­ated from dif­fer­ent pieces of wood.

• Ex­per­i­ment un­til you achieve the look you want.

Other ma­te­ri­als that can be used to cre­ate weath­ered paint ef­fects:

Can­dle wax Rub it onto sur­faces be­tween lay­ers of paint; you can eas­ily scrape off the top layer of paint while leav­ing the bot­tom layer in­tact. Paint strip­per A thin layer ap­plied be­fore sub­se­quent coats will cause wa­ter-based paint to form small bub­bles if the paint be­ing painted onto is oil-based. It can then be lightly scraped with a wire brush to cre­ate a weath­ered ef­fect.

Th­ese frames com­plete the pic­ture by suc­cess­fully drawing to­gether the sep­a­rate el­e­ments.

Shop­ping list • wood pro­files to con­struct the frames; we used four dif­fer­ent pro­files to make ours • wood glue • petroleum jelly • dark brown shoe pol­ish • acrylic PVA in the colours of your choice – we used white, grey and blue to match the tones in this room

Tools • paint­brush • sponge roller • paint scraper • sta­ple gun with sta­ples • soft cloth or pa­per towel

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