My daughter-n-law Ashley is redoing her mantle in their home. Today we get to see how she painted a mirror frame to match her color palette. This is a fabulous technique for re-purposing an old frame or to make a new frame go with your color scheme. Thanks Ashley for taking us along to see how to inexpensively change up any room.
Mirror Re-Purpose or Make Over
Frogger Tape works best. Ashley tried the blue kind shown here, but much prefers Green Frog Tape.
Spray paint: Ashley prefers Valspar or Krylon brands
Several tacks with raised head
Begin with any frame you like the shape of: plastic, wood or metalTape newspaper onto mirror, using care to get the paper and tape into the corners. Tuck the newspaper into the edges and attach tape right to the edge.Ashley’s Handy trick: Push tacks along the length, every 3-5 inches. This allows the frame to balance on the tack head in a raised position, allowing paint to cover all edges of the frame. Painted area will not stick to the surface it is drying. Lay the frame on a protected area, outside for ventilation.See how tricky this works! It allows for perfect coverage and no messed up edges.Using a paint with primer included makes for a nice coverage.Spray a light coat 8″ away from frame in every direction to cover all details. Do not spray too close or too heavy a coat. Lighter and many coats is best. First use the prime color over the entire frame over the edges and corners, getting underneath slightly for a professional look.
To create an ombre design. Begin with a heavy spray using a second color at one side of the frame and lightly spray towards the other sideThis is what happens when the tape does not stay down into the edge – use GOOD tape such as green Frog.Voila!Set beside the beautiful re-purposed jars and vases, click HERE for the tutorialCopyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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