A Little Gloss and Too Much Shine!

I love summer, and am seriously enjoying it while it’s here! You’ve probably noticed fewer posts per week, and I just want to say, it’s all good! I’m taking this time to enjoy the sunshine, my friends and family, and all that summer brings our way πŸ™‚ And of course, a few projects, too.

So you’ll understand when I say I got sidetracked the other day with a mini project!

I’ve had this picture frame kicking around for quite a while now.

Dark Brown Photo Frame

But I’ve never loved the dark brown. No, not so much… in fact, not at all!

So, when I was busy in the garage the other day, just on a whim I decided to haul out the primer.

Primed Photo Frame for Painting

Wasn’t sure what I was going to do exactly, but knew I couldn’t go wrong with a coat of primer.

And since I had a can of gray spray paint handy from another project…

Gray Spray Painted Photo Frame

I decided I couldn’t go wrong with gray, either!

The frame took the paint really well, and the finished coat was awesome. It was smooth and even… but it was just way too shiny for me in the end. I guess glossy paint will do that, right?!

So I hauled out the sandpaper and started scratching up the frame, and dulling it down.

Distressed Photo Frame

Hard to tell there was any gloss to begin with. Do you think I got carried away?

You might remember that I was the lucky winner of a Sand Dollar print by Wooden Spoon Editions quite some time ago, which I wrote about here and here.

Well, I decided to introduce the distressed frame to my Sand Dollar print, you know, just to see how they would get along.

Distressed Photo Frame

The gray might be a little on the blue side, but I like the way these two play together.

How about you?

Have you changed anything up lately?

Remember, it’s all in the details… I had no intentions of distressing this frame when I set out, but when I didn’t like the shiny finish, I knew that leaving it would be no different than if I had left the frame dark brown. I wouldn’t use it. And what’s the point in that? Never be afraid to make the pieces in your home all about you. That’s what it’s all about!


All Photos by Sheila Zeller

27 Replies to “A Little Gloss and Too Much Shine!”

  1. The frame has such an interesting shape- love it! It looks so much better after painting- you are really getting creative with your projects! πŸ™‚ I think the print looks perfect together with the frame!

  2. That’s right girl, it’s all good! πŸ™‚ Glad you are enjoying yourself. I’ve found my posts to be more of a brain dump lately, but it’s what I’m feeling so I’m going with it. I’ve got a few frames sitting around that I need to do something with and this is a great idea. If I’m not into the shiny look, I’ll just whip out the sand paper and distress a little bit – I love it Sheila. And it’s perfect for your sand dollar print. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. Yesterday was my birthday! It was an awesome day, and my treat was just to enjoy the day with my daughter… she spoiled me, hubs spoiled me, and we had a few guests in for dinner that was super delish! We ate leftovers tonight, and can I just say, ‘I’ll be so glad when all the cake is gone!’ πŸ™‚

  3. I love that!!! It’s the kind of frame I would have sent to the thrift store because I don’t like the dark wood but I’ll be thinking twice. Love this little framed project. Happy, happy birthday my dear friend. Hope your day was wonderful xo

  4. The frame and print go perfectly together, and the distressing looks great πŸ™‚ If you want to get a similar look with less work in the future, mix up a batch of homemade chalk paint – no priming required, and you can sand it down to give some age and character to whatever you paint πŸ™‚

    1. I hear you on that! Distressing glossy spray paint is ‘not’ fast and easy! I sanded for about an hour and a half to get it dulled down, and to where I wanted the distressing to be. And you should see my nails now! πŸ™ Perfectly manicured, they are not!!!

    1. Hi Heather!
      Thank you so much for stopping by… I’m looking forward to getting to know you better πŸ™‚ I just popped over and read your post for today – have you ever hit the nail on the head with the paperwork part of the business!!!

    1. Thanks Kristie! I think being open to change, and going with it is the key. I just recently found myself ‘stuck’ in how my office layout ‘had’ to be, and it wasn’t until I actually ‘had to’ make a change, that I realized how stuck I was! The outcome is tons better, and has made an incredible difference to how I feel in the space!

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah! And for the beautiful print!!! I LOVE the print so much – it is truly a reflection of, and captures perfectly my favorite place on Earth… the ocean πŸ™‚

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