DSC_0815Beautiful Farm Style Wooden Painted and Distressed Picture Frames are For Sale on Etsy at my Abundant Trove Shop.  I have always had an appreciation for great craftsmanship and style.  Several of these vintage wooden picture frames were purchased at yard sales in the country.  We were at a typical chippy white paint farm house on an early Friday morning.  We enjoy talking to people almost as much as searching for items to buy.  People have stories to tell and I think many like to know a little about who is buying the belongings they are parting with.  The dusty, wooden frames looked like they were just pulled from storage as an after thought and were scattered on a beat up table with no price.  I immediately loved the quality and charm of these wooden beauties that just needed some TLC to come back to life! After selecting our items carefully and talking a bit we were given an agreeable price and were on our way to the next sale.DSC_0813

Gathering these frames brought joy to me and I felt delight in the whole Up-Do process.  I love the look and feel of quality wood and paint just seems to go on so much better and even waxing is a pleasure.  I really enjoy Annie Sloan Chalk Paints so used French Linen on this frame set.  I did prime the frame with a paint brush as the frames were older and I didn’t want any odors or stains to come through.  Also, the paint really adheres to primer wonderfully.  I did hand distress and wax each frame for a cottage chic/farm style look and durability.

DSC_0814These pretty hand distressed frames would make a great addition to a family room or bedroom.  You can stack against a wall on a shelf. I always show a photo lay out of my idea as I chose the frame sets. DSC_0812 I normally chose odd numbers, but six was right for this grouping.  They are for sale for $79.00 plus shipping on my Etsy shop or you can contact me as well.  I do custom painting and you can order a set of frames from me contact me with your details and I can quote you.  Thank You!!!

DSC_0813 The joy of finding items that you can Up-Do into another useful form!  I found a 1980’s red wooden calendar holder and shelf at a garage sale. It had three wooden pegs coming out of bottom for hooks. My mind immediately saw a chalkboard (the in-thing) with better hooks and of course freshly painted and with some more details-hmmm…   I like how my mind buzzes with activity when I get a new project.

I should have taken a photo of original calendar board so you could see the transformation. The design of the calendar board was practical and good so I just made some changes to take it to now.  DSC_0812First, I took the wood pegs off and drilled holes through the wood where the pegs had been glued as I was going to put cabinet hardware knobs on.  I went to a local hobby craft store and found just the knobs I wanted.  I searched through my odd-n-end box and found the beautiful decorative ornate metal piece. DSC_0815 This would go on to add charm and uniqueness to this chalkboard shelf organizer.  I cleaned the wood down and painted with Annie Sloan French Linen Chalk Paint.  I did not use a primer as I didn’t mind if some of the red peeked through.  While paint was drying I went to a local hardware store where the guys cut chalkboard for me to fit my projects.  The next day I lightly distressed the board and washed down and clear waxed to make the paint stick and piece durable.  I glued the chalkboard in and secured my scroll metal design with tiny nails and placed my new cabinet knobs on. I love that the organizer had a pen holder to write on the calendar now it can hold chalk to write on the chalk board. I am thrilled with the outcome of this project. It turned out functional and with the casual elegance style I strive for!

You can purchase this hand painted distressed chalkboard on Etsy.com at my store (Abundant Trove) or contact me.  This chalkboard organizer would be great in your mudroom to keep reminders handy and timely. You can loop your keys on the knobs.  We all use lanyards here so that would work nicely. It would also be good in a kitchen or office.DSC_0821

I do custom paint frames and will quote you on painting your furniture if you live in my area. Check out my shop for vintage and hand beaded jewelry designs.  Thanks!