Why did I buy yet another frame? Do you do that? Why do we do that?
I bought this frame because it was made of wood and it was cheap…..less than $1.00 cheap! It’s fairly small, only 7 x 8, and it had one, er….two problems. The miters on opposite corners were not cut properly and they each had a pretty noticeable gap. Mr. B2V beat me to the “before” picture and had already filled in those corners with spackling, so the “before” picture is a little more like “during.”
After the spackling dried, I sanded the corners to smooth them and decided to paint the frame with some muted gold mis-tinted paint from Lowe’s.
A little sanding and the frame looked like this…..and the color shows up better in this picture.
Nice, but it still seemed a bit too plain and boring. I've wanted to make one of those burlap rosettes that I've seen on other blogs and I thought that a rosette would also cover one of those corner gaps even more. At this point I was “winging it”, but this is how I did it……
I had an old curtain that was made out of light-weight burlap......
I had actually used a swatch of the curtain to try printing on fabric with my inkjet printer. That project is here if you’re interested. Since I had plenty left over, I decided to use more of the curtain. I cut a strip about 12” long and 3” wide and folded it lengthwise with the bottom of the fold being about one-half inch wider than the top. I then ironed the fold.
Gathering the material to make the rosette became the tricky part. First I put a dot of hot glue on the fold about a quarter inch in from one end (pencil is pointing to it). I did this because I was going to pull a thread for gathering the material and I didn’t want it to pull all the way through.
Then I went to the other end of the strip, started pulling a single thread, and began gathering the material. I had to be very careful because I could tell that the thread could break easily. If you are a sewer, you could run a basting stitch to do the gathering. I just didn’t want to get out my old sewing machine.
After completing the gathering I ran another line of hot glue and glued the ends together.
The rosette now looked like this. I happen to like the little strings of raveling and you can play with the edges, folded under at little, raveled a little, etc.
For the center, I found a cute button that mimics the look of a crocheted flower. I didn’t like the look of the two holes, so I cut a thin strip of the material, fed it through the holes, tied it once and clipped the ends to about one inch.
A little hot glue attached the button to the center of the rosette.
More hot glue attached the rosette to the frame at one of the faulty corners, and this is the result....
I like it!……I guess that means I’ll be buying more frames, huh?
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Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking
Boring to Better at Savvy Southern Style
Re-Stored It Wednesday at Re-Store Interiors
Piece of Work Wednesday At Primitive and Proper