Yesterday was my birthday, marking the completion of my 35th trip around the sun. In celebration my parents took us out to eat at my favorite Mexican restaurant, which happens to be next door to a Goodwill. So after we finished eating, naturally we had to stop and hunt for treasures!
While I was leafing through all of the picture frames and looking for something suitable for a gallery wall project I have planned, I came across a treasure: a pair of vintage needlepoint pictures.
They aren’t the most intricate or fancy designs; in fact, they have a rustic, folk art look to them, which I find endearing. Someone worked really hard on them – someone named Belle Paxon, who attached her address labels to the backs of the pieces as a signature of sorts. Would it break Belle’s heart to know that her artwork ended up on the shelf at Goodwill, marked at a mere 50 cents each? I couldn’t just leave them there, so for $1 plus tax they came home with me.
I love the bright, cheerful colors of the flowers and the fabric on which they are embroidered, and I was happy to see that time hadn’t faded their vibrancy. But the frames were plain and boring and a little beat up. They just weren’t doing justice to Belle’s beautiful flowers.
They needed a refresh.
They needed paint.
When I was at Snap Conference in Utah last month, the folks at DecoArt sent me home with a sampler of the five newest color additions to their Americana paint line, and I thought that the shade called Peacock Teal would be perfect for giving new life to the old frames.
I didn’t even take anything out of the frames; instead I used masking tape to protect the glass. I also didn’t do any prep to the frames aside from giving them a quick dusting with a damp cloth. It was super duper easy, and made a HUGE difference!