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Picture This

I recently visited my parents back home and was rumbling through the garage when I came across three large boxes of photo frames. Big ones, small ones, and even some REALLY funky ones. I hate to leave things just sitting there unused so, much to my mother’s dismay, I took one of the boxes into my bedroom and started brainstorming on ideas for how to use the poor things.

There’s one idea that just redesigns the frame to give it a more vintage look. This works better for those picture frames that are painted. All you have to do is take a high grade sandpaper to the edges and work some parts of the wood more than the others to give it that old, vintage-y look and feel. It really turns out nicely once you’ve done it a few times.

I’m also thinking about doing a few black and white crackle frames for the main room to tie into the theme. I did this for my bedroom in pinks and whites. It’s a simple process but one where you have to really pay attention.

The first step in crackling is to wash the surface and sand it if it’s wood. This allows the paint to stick to the surface and, therefore, it’s less likely to peel off of the wood and damage.

After this dries, you put on your base coat, or the coat you want to be seen through the cracks of the paint. In my case, I’ll most likely paint it white first. You let it dry for a full 24 hours and then apply the crackle paint. The thicker you paint it on, the thicker the cracks. Also, the direction in which you stroke with the brush determines the direction of the cracks. My sister and I quickly learned that in order to get the effect we wanted, we had to put the crackle on thickly and then, before it dried, randomly pull the paint in different directions.

After a full 24 more hours, the top layer of paint goes on. And here is where it gets tricky. You have to apply the paint quickly. It’s a fun process. Especially when you get other people to help you. ^_^ After finishing, wait another 48 hours before putting a coat of glaze on.

Another picture frame idea that I’ve seen before is the jewelry/storage board. It’s actually really simple. Instead of putting a picture in, just staple in a piece of corkboard or mesh and put the backing on. I’m really excited about trying that one. ^_^


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Elegance in Black and White

We put the rest of our deposit down on the apartment this week and I’ve been mulling over ideas in my head for the decorations.

Thusly…I’ve changed my color theme for our main room. We’re going with a black and white theme which works well for what we’ve got. The walls are already white so it will be easy to find black accent pieces.

I want to play with some photographs we’ve taken over this year and change them to black and white. I think with a white matte board and a black frame, they’ll look really nice and elegant hanging on the walls. Especially down the hallway.

I’ve always liked silhouettes and cameos and I’d really like to tie that into the theme of the apartment. However, I’d like at least one personal touch to the theme. So, I’ll probably play around with my Photoshop and try to create a silhouette of each of our heads. Much like the iPod commercials only…not moving.

Another idea I’d like to try is a “twinkle board”.

It would be really simple to do. I mean, yes I would have to get a drill and some help but other than that it would be a reasonably inexpensive and easy project to do and it would really make the room “light up”.

Start simply first. Try a small board that might could rest on a desktop or in the cubby of a storage block. Print out a “stencil” of a word in the font you want to use. Tape it to the board, making sure that before you drill, you’re using the correct size drill and proceed to drill holes a few centimeters apart to create the right effect from the word.

After you’ve drilled the holes, insert the christmas lights one-by-one in from the backside of the board. Plug it in and it creates an amazing accent to any room!

For more detailed directions, go here. http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/07/diy-idea-mayas-twinkle-board.html

It’s an amazing DIY site that has SUCH cute ideas. I can’t wait to try some out.


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