I know, it looks kinda boring and gross. But give it a chance. I got my brush out and went to work. One thing that I did not do that I really should have is sand it down a bit and prime it with gesso. Don't skip this step!!!! I just took the art out and went straight to painting my base coat, Folk Art Aqua.
Had to pull up the nails to get the panel out.
I did two coats of the aqua paint and let it dry overnight.
Then I came back and antiqued it with some thinned down black paint (used water to thin it). I just painted the black paint mix down and wiped the excess off. And here is where I had problems. Because I did not sand and prime my frame some of the paint peeled off. Not a big deal, I just went back and touched it up with the aqua paint. I had to do that in a few different places anyway because the black was too much. I let that coat dry for a couple of hours and then coated the frame with a spray acrylic gloss (which is kinda nasty and should be used outside or with a respirator - or both!). I sprayed one coat, let it dry 15 minutes, then sprayed another coat. I let it sit outside for a few hours before bringing it in.
When I brought the frame inside I put my print in and placed the panel behind it, then bent my nails back in place. It looked good on my wall, but I thought it would look better with another piece next to it. So I took a small plastic frame I had, painted it, and made a print of a photo I took to place inside.
I love this little frame, and thought it would look great with a nice coat of red. Since I was out of red spray paint, and I am trying not to use it right now (baby bump and all), I just used red acrylic on this one too. Normally I would use Krylon spray paint on something like this. I didn't prime this one or even gloss coat it. Just two coats of Folk Art Lipstick Red acrylic paint and I was done.
I let it dry overnight and then placed my photo inside and hung it up with my other masterpiece. They are in my bathroom right now. Here is a pic of them on the wall together. Once I get some more art and decor in the bathroom I will show you a wider view of the room. But for now this should do.
I would like to warn you....if you come to my house and know this song you may want to close your eyes when you enter my bathroom. Hubby and I both come out of the bathroom with this song in our heads EVERY time. Usually we sing it or whistle it for a few minutes before we even realize what we are doing. I may change this up before too long, but for now i think it is just too cool to take down.