Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DIY-AF: Framing Projects

Back in 1994, I remember being so excited to have these magnolia prints framed but now their reddish cherry stain didn't seem to work anywhere in my house or with my plans to replace the flowers with prints from the West Indies.

Inspired by Janell of Isabella and Max's use of Smart Strip I slathered up the frames and scraped off all the reddish finish. This stuff is really great! Then I used a walnut stain to get it to the color I was looking for.

Another project hanging over my head with this frame which had a long-ago discarded print in it. A card and a cover sheet torn from a book was combined with a Clarence House remnant that I've had since the mid-90's. Two notes on that: it feels great to finally do something with that and horsehair is sharp!

Here it is in my bedroom, my side.
Another remnant (still have 1 left) was used with a print from a book to hang on my husband's side. As you can see, there's still one more framing project to go. Fingers crossed that doesn't take years.


Francine Gardner said...

noigeThese are great ideas!! it must take you forever...

HRH The Duchess of State said...

How FAB dahhling..loved all your framing projects but it seems a seat for a chair might be more pressing no?
absolutely adored the green chinoiserie fabric in the photo, gorgeous!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I love the fabric backing, so brilliant!

Ashley said...

What a pair of lovely transformations. I really appreciate how you consider all of the small elements in a room, down to the stain on a frame, to get beautiful results.

Carla Aston said...

Beautiful job. Isn't it nice to get these little projects done. Looks great, Michelle!

teaorwine said...

I am forever "stripping" pieces of furniture and will keep this product in mind. I usually use the "orange stuff". BTW, I love the chair in the first pic, though it is in need of a seat! Great lines. Did you strip it also?

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Wow, they look amazing. I have starting mixing walnut with my magnolia stain if I am refinishing a piece.
You have motivate me to get busy, Michele.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Pigtown*Design said...

And aren't those cool round metal sculptures the most chic things ever!



Doesn't it feel good to get something finished!!! It all looks great Michelle!

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Have a wonderful time off, Michele. Will see you as soon as you light up on my sidebar! Lucky you to be headed to St. John! We all need a break at times.
Happy trip.


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