Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Tale of $.25 Gold Frames

Yesterday I decided to visit my favorite local thrift store The Salt Mine to see what treasures they had at their clearance sale.  I came across a stack of gold frames, after digging through the stack I came across three similar sized frames for $.25 each.  I couldn't believe the price, $.25 they're mine for that price it didn't matter what I did to them they were a steal.






They were all a little different in the decoration, but with a little spray paint they would look like they were always meant to be a set.  I got out my Rustoleum Heirloom White Spray Paint (which is one of my favorite paint colors) and went to town. 



After I painted them white I felt they needed something so I got out the Rub n' Buff silver leaf.  Using my finger I rubbed it on the edges and the little details.  I love this silver leaf paste it really took the frames from ordinary to extraordinary and added that little bit of glam that I like.

My next challenge was what to put in the frames. I went to Michaels Craft Store and purchased a 12x12 piece of scrap booking paper to frame, yes scrap booking paper.  Over the years I have framed all sorts of items from gift bags, calendars, greeting cards, and paper.  You never know where your next piece of art can come from, plus sometimes these items can be less expensive then buying an art piece.

After framing the scrap book paper I noticed that two of the three frames had hooks to hang the frames but the other frame was missing a hook.  Whats a girl to do?  Get out the ribbon and Gorilla Glue!  I found three scraps of brown ribbon and cut them to size.  After I ran the iron over them to smooth out any lumps I glued them to the back of the frames.  Problem solve, the new problem is where in my office should I hang them?
The Back Side of the Frame

14 comments:

  1. Those look fantastic!! I love thrift stores. I'm going to have to find some of the silver leaf you used, it really did make the frames pop!! Count me as your newest follower! Please stop by my bog & follow back if you'd like!!
    Aimee @ Justkiddingaroundatlanta

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  2. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

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  3. I love scores at the thrift store!
    I would if you came and linked to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday at Simpsonized Crafts : http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/09/socialize-with-me-monday-til-sunday.html

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  4. I am crying... those frames are gorgeous! I love what a little paint can do. You scored.

    Have a good week.

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  5. Those look great!! Can't beat that price!

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  6. I heart thrift store frames!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

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  7. Thanks for all the great comments ladies! Join me on Sunday for my first ever Show Off Sunday Party! It is going to be tons of fun!

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  8. Treasures to be sure....at that price, you could almost say "priceless" meaning a whole 'nother thing. And what you did with them....that is perfect.

    My Victorian Ribbon Afghan------done!!!

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  9. I love what you did with the frames and the paper....so many patterns and textures just waiting to be made into something fabulous. There's a Salt Mine in Lincoln where I go almost every time I'm up there. It's a fun place....wonder if it's the same one:-)

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  10. What a score! And good 'ole Gorilla Glue to the rescue! Gotta love it. I've framed wrapping paper before, will try your idea next time.

    Please stop by, we're giving away a super Roxy girl's bedding ensemble for "Giveaway Friday"!

    Jane T.

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  11. The turned out great! I like the ribbon for hanging, it's very pretty, and the frames are such a nice find! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's

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  12. Awesome reminder about the power of paper! I forget to think outside of the picture frame sometimes! Thanks! Jules from bles-id

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