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