Pretty Project No.1: Antique Frame

Good Morning everyone! Here's to starting my new series 'Pretty Projects' because I think my fellow crafters would agree with me that making something ~ anything ~ fulfills some intrinsic need to just create! I love creating something from nothing or transforming somthing from looking just okay to looking beautiful.....don't you?!?




So without further adieu.......my first 'pretty things' project:


This antique frame is what spurred my love for refinishing......



It has absolutely beautiful lines and intricate detail and the amazing part is it's over 100 years old! This thing is the real deal.......all wood, no laminate or plastic fake stuff. I also have a special connection to it as it belonged to my great-great-grandmother!!!! Awesome, right?!?

 I had been looking for something unique to hang in my bedroom over my bedside table and when my mom pulled it out of a dusty trash bag (no, it was not destined for the trash, just a good way to store a large old mirror:) I think I squealed with happiness! It was perfect......the detail, the size, the oval shape within........the color, on the other hand, was not! How ever popular this brassy gold was back in the day, I wasn't a fan. I knew if would look great with a coat of paint and some light distressing. 

So, I got to work.......

I cleaned it up really well with a damp cloth, gave it a light sanding, primed and then a few coats of Rustoleum's 'Heirloom White' spray paint. Lastly, I had mirror cut to fit the oval cut-out.

Here is the before and after.........




I loved the finished product and I think I saw my grandma tear up a bit when she saw it! :) It was exactly what my room needed........a classic, perfect focal point! Sadly, it sat on my floor for a few months hiding my phone cords and outlet........the thing is HEAVY and I knew would be a doozey to hang........so, it sat there and sat there while I contemplated my dilemna. How to hang? Hang centered over my bedside table? Vertical or horizontal? What to do?

One day while finishing up some other projects in my master bedroom, I glanced at it there on the floor looking lonely and sad and decided to simply set it on my dresser and leaned it against the wall. Did I mention the thing is heavy!!!

Better than sitting alone on the floor......now she is surrounded by other pretty things :)




And what I see when I walk in my bedroom......




As much as I loved it, I felt like something was missing.....something to make it just pop or scream out, 'Hey, I'm here eveyone, not just blending into all this ivory-ness!'

I thought about the blues represented in my room: a pretty aqua and a very pale blue-gray and decided to bring in some of that color. Using a gorgeous color called 'Rainwater' by Martha Stewart I decided to paint the four scrolled decals on the inside of the frame. I then antiqued them a bit with Valspar's antiquing glaze.





Now she's singing.......what do you think?





And here is the FINAL before and after.....





What have you made over lately?

Make it a beautiful day :)




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40 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Congrats on starting your blog, I'm looking forward to more beautiful things. Found your mirror at Look What I made Link Party.

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  2. Thank you so much, Lori for my very first comment ever on this blog!! YAY!

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  3. Hi Brooke, The mirror is really beautiful and even more special because it belonged to your grandmother. Thanks for sharing this at the Open House Party and I am now your newest follower.

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    1. Thank you so much Sherry! It really is special.....I'm glad that I have a piece of her :) Thanks for following!

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  4. Love it and the touch of blue. I just finished a three tiered display.

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree the blue definitely makes it pop! I'll be sure to check out your display! :)

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  5. How beautiful! Great transformation. I just love it when you can give already loved items even more love and a whole new life! I am your newest follower.

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    1. Thank you Hope!! This was truly a special transformation :) Thanks for following!

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  6. Just lovely! Beautiful job. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Look What I Made. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-6.html Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! I will definitely link up to your party.....thanks! :)

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  7. This is so cute and inspiring. I will pin because I have a mirror I need to refashion too. You should link this up to The CSI project starting today. The challenge is refashions/upcycles. This would be perfect and you just might be a winner!
    Come on by!
    www.thecsiproject.com
    PS you would make a great guest judge, email me if you are interested. dee@thecsiproject.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I will for sure link up to your party....thanks! :)

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  8. Oh my gosh I love it! It looks so beautiful and I love your eye for design and what you do. Keep on participating in blog hops to share this with more followers, I know they will LOVE it! I'm now following and would love if you followed back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for the sweet comment! Happily following your adorable blog :)

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  9. That is stunning! I love, love, love the style!!

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    1. Thank you Dawn! I LOVE your dress patterns!! :)

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  10. Beautiful redo! I have two frames that are very similar that I am waiting to decide what to do...you have inspired me. And yes, they are HEAVY!
    ~Gay~

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    1. Thank you Gay! I'm glad it has inspired you! I love your blog and will definitely be linking up in your party :)

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  11. It is beautiful, and yes, the blue paint just adds that perfect finishing detail.
    Lovely!! I'm now a new follower!!
    Saw you at CSI Project
    Debbie :)

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie! Happy to have you following along:)

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  12. Absolutely beautiful! The blue detail is prefect! I would love you to share your mirror at my party Totally Transformed Tuesday! Hope to see you there. I'm following on FB Peggy :-)

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    1. Thanks Peggy!! Thanks for following and I will definitely link up to your party :)

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  13. Beautiful! Following over from csi project. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. Thanks so much! Glad you found me :)

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  15. it turned out gorgeous!! Love it!

    Thanks for sharing this at Create & Inspire!

    Angie

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  16. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  17. This turned out gorgeous! It has such a shabby chic look to it and I love it! Thanks so much for sharing at Homemaker in Heels! Have a great afternoon! :)
    ~Crystal

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    1. Thank you Crystal! I love your cute blog :)

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  18. This is just too pretty for words! Seriously, I don't even know what to say! It turned out great!! Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party and I hope to see you again this week! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Britni! You are so sweet!

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  19. Very pretty, and love the fact that you added the blue touches. Looks very pretty on the side table! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

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  20. Wow. . .so pretty, and it matches your room perfectly. I'm sure your grandmother was very happy to see it all prettied up.
    throughbetsyslookingglass.blogspot.com

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  21. Great job on the mirror! I love your "pretty projects" idea. That's kind of what my blog is about. Pretty things for the sake of pretty :) Would love for you to check it out: www.thingsthatarepretty.com

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