Hi there! You’re in for a treat today–it’s time for our monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge, and this month is frames. If you’re like me, you have more than a few (try a couple hundred) lying around, waiting inspiration to strike. We’ve got plenty of that for you with this challenge!
In addition, I’ll be using my transformed frame to hold a vintage button Valentine that I think you’ll agree is lovely. Vintage mother of pearl buttons on red velvet and framed by a freshly beautified frame. What’s not to love?
Like I said, I’ve got frames galore (or maybe they have me?). I have them in every conceivable size, color, and texture.
Once I settled on creating a button heart, I chose a 5″ x 7″ frame to go along with it. I always choose brown (or orange-y brown in this case) when I want to use black paint because the brown shows through nicely when the black paint is distressed. I like the slightly aged and time-worn look that’s created.
I gave the frame two thin coats of Decoart chalky paint in Carbon and then lightly sanded the edges.
Here’s a closer look at the distressing. Next I applied a thin coat of clear wax, left it to sit for five minutes, and then buffed it out with some cheesecloth (see photo below of a finished frame).
Now to create the “art” that the frame will hold. I cut a piece of red velvet from an old curtain I bought for crafting purposes and set my frame on top of it. Using my vintage buttons, I created a heart shape and began gluing them to the surface of the velvet with tacky glue.
Here’s the first round of buttons, to be followed with more positioning and gluing to fill in the center.
I added a vintage seam binding bow to finish off the Valentine. It only takes an hour or so for all the glue to dry, and then you’re ready to adhere the velvet to a piece of cardboard that fits the frame opening–in my case 5″ x 7″. I stapled the velvet to the cardboard around the edges and then trimmed the excess velvet.
In this photo you can see the variety of textures and shades of white among the vintage glass, plastic, and mother of pearl buttons I used from my stash.
Here you can see the protective, satin finish that a coat of wax gives to chalk paint.
[Did you notice that I ended up using a different frame than I started with?!! Turns out the one in the photos at the top of the post had a weird back that would not work for this project. So I had to use a previously painted one that I had on hand. Luckily, I keep a stack of frames ready to use for projects like this.]
I had been planning to write a Valentine sentiment on my chalkboard but had a sudden inspiration that my new “art” might work perfectly. I hung the frame using a piece of ribbon and a couple of tacks.
A simple hanging solution that creates a lovely Valentine decoration.
I hope you all have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday with someone you love, whether it’s a dear friend, child, or spouse.
And while it’s probably too late to make a vintage button Valentine for this year, feel free to pin this post for next year, and don’t be afraid to give an old frame a handsome makeover with some black chalk paint and a bit of paste wax.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Friend!
Be sure to check out my fellow Thrifty Chicks creative projects:
1. A Frame for Valentine’s Day, Shoppe No. 5
2. Coastal Picture Frame Serving Tray, Interior Frugalista
3. A Frame Transformation + Vintage Button Valentine, Adirondack Girl @ Heart (me!)
4. Upcycled Valentine Picture Frame, Little Vintage Cottage
5. Sheet Metal Frame, Lora B Create & Ponder
Looking to learn more about buttons?
Check out these posts:
A Cool Collectible: Vintage Buttons Part I
A Cool Collectible: Vintage Buttons Part II
Ten Decorating Projects Using Vintage Buttons
How to Display Your Vintage Buttons
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