Today made me miss living in a real neighborhood where I could go for a walk amongst homes and perhaps to a little shopping center. Instead, I live in condos that are behind an old G.I. Joe's sporting goods store and there isn't much else around until a good block later with some shops. Oh and the mall. But to get there, it's just shrubs, vacant parking lots and some homeless friends. I haven't actually taken the opportunity to walk anywhere around where I live until today. The weather was perfect and I felt the need to get out! I thought of a destination and, immediately, thought of the Dollar Tree. It's just a block away and I don't have to walk past any shady looking places. So off I went and I found treasure!
It was only 25 cents! You can tell it's not exactly luxury material but I couldn't wait to get it home and cover it up with some pretty paper and embellishments.
Anytime I alter something I like to prep it. I got out my sand paper, gesso and went to town. I sand it to take off any type of coating or finish the original manufacturer put on there. This stuff was definitely cheap. I ended up having some orange hands thanks to the red and yellow residue. I like to put some gesso on as a primer before painting too. Helps to have that coat to cover up the original colors.
After the gesso application, I applied white paint. The frame was going to be covered with paper but I still like to paint projects when they are originally a color I don't like. Just in case some of the wood peaks through where paper missed. The screws I ended up taking out. Totally forgot to and got some gesso and paint on them but that's okay.
I used some Professional Acid Free Glue from Helmar to adhere the paper. I then added some Glossy Accents to the top and some bling.
I was trying to decide what I wanted to put in the frame. At first I thought a photo but I really like the look of clear elements with a title on them. I went through my rub-ons and thought about cutting something on the Silhouette using vinyl but then decided on using some letter stickers.
For the bling I used Gemstone Glue from Helmar and to seal the entire project I did an application of the Acrylic Sealer. After adding some cute flowers, I think I really like it!
It sitting on my shelf right now. Kind of clashes with the Amy Butler display I got on the wall but there's time to move it around eventually.
Yay for 25 cent finds on a beautiful sunny day walk!
Supplies: Paper: Lily Bee Design, Alphabet Stickers: Basic Grey, Bling: Teresa Collins, Flowers: Creative Impressions, Brad: My Minds Eye, Glaze: Glossy Accents (Ranger Industries), Gesso: Golden, Paint: Craft Smart, Adhesive: Helmar, Other: Frame