Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dumpster Dive Turned Frenchy Memo Board

Ok so I didn't actually dumpster dive. My mom works downtown Paso Robles next to a really high end interior design company that was closing. She walked by one day as they were putting all this cool stuff out by the dumpster. They told her she could take any of it, so I got a caned French settee (Perfectly finished too! Crazy!), some huge curtain rod dowels, some cabinet doors, & this frame.

It's an olive green & gold vintage plaster relief frame that was in poor shape. The plaster had broken off in a couple spots. I knew it could be something awesome though. I took it home & shot a couple heavy duty staples into it to re-inforce the corner joints & gave it a couple good coats of Rustoleum's Heirloom White.

To give it some depth I blended about a 60 to 40 mix of Valspar's Mocha & Asphaltum glazes then worked it into all the nooks and crannies and let it sit for about 15 minutes until the glaze felt tacky. I lightly wiped & blotted it with a damp paper towel until I got the finish I was looking for. Which was an antiqued cream with chocolate accents. After spraying it with a clear sealer (I think it was Valspar's in satin) finish, I stapled chicken wire to the back of the frame & covered the rough edges with a 2 in. wide strip of burlap "ribbon"

Here it is hanging in my shop with a few memos clipped to it.

And a close up to show the details in the finish. This one was literally a trash to treasure project! I have to say it came out pretty cute & sold within a couple of days!

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  1. i picked up a similar frame from bulk trash day a few weeks ago- how do people toss such awesomeness? i love the new look and life you gave it!!!

  2. Beautiful job! I think I need to find myself a trashed frame!

  3. So smart! Love it. Like the birdcage painting, too!

  4. it's awesome. there is nothing better than upcycling something freeeeeeeee!

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