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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Repainted & Gold-Cornered Dollar Store Frames[featuring failures] - the long version...

Yeah, yeah.  Be prepared because as in the title, this is a long post.☺
Not too long ago, I shared to you one way of reusing those old calendar with beautiful photos where I placed those in gold-cornered frames.  

And those frames were from dollar store.  They were originally 4 pieces but had to let 1 go during the process, you will know why here in a little bit.

The original frames were gold and they look like this.
Gold-cornering frames has been on my to do list for a while now and I have seen all different ways of doing it.  They seem to be all e-a-s-y.

or so I thought...

Let me tell you this.  I've had some failed projects in the past and having some more is not a surprise.  Trying to do it myself always comes with a possibility of failure - more often than not.

But to keep me going, here's my 4 special steps:
           step 1) you get back up
         step 2) learn from it
         step 3) move on 
            step 4) "make it work"

Fail #1 - Use of Black Acrylic Craft Paint
Initially used a black acrylic craft paint onto the frames but it did not turned out as expected.
I don't know what was I thinking...

Fail #2 - Use of Black Cheapo Spray Paint
Then I painted those frames with a black cheapo spray paint.  According to the can, it is a gloss paint but what in the world?!  When it was all dry.  Why are my frames matte-looking and very dull?!
I should have listened to my instincts but I didn't.

Fail #3 - Use of Antique Gold Acrylic Paint
Then I proceed using an antique gold acrylic paint to corner those frames.
Measured then taped.
Then painted.
eeekkkk!! that's not gold! that's yellow!!!  does that look gold to you?, right? uh!

Again, I should have listened to my instincts but I didn't.  I finished all off, hoping that a magic genie would transform it into gold. magic!  they were still yellow...
Okay, I give up!

No, not really...not now...

So I repainted all four of them.  This time, with black glossy spray-paint.

Fail #4 - Use of Gold Spray Paint
It could be too much painting and re-painting on this frames, because after painting and drying, some areas had paint blisters.  I have to throw one of these frames away because of the severity of its damage.
It would have been cheaper if I just tossed all these frames to the trash and start all over again but my determination at that point did not let me do that.

I sanded it all off and repainted it all off with black glossy spray-paint.

Then while doing the Gold Dipped Striped Patio Table (that got featured at Apartment Therapy), I remembered Courtney's way of gold-cornering with the use of painters tape.

So I saved those painters tape that I've removed from the table and used it on these frames.
These frames never looked so good until this.
Now, that is the kind of black that I wanted.
And the kind of gold that I wanted.
I finally love how it turned out.  Really after all that has happened, who would not love this kind of happy ending.

What I learned from this project:
♥ Always trust my instincts.  
♥ Magic Genie just don't exists. lol!
♥ Test your paint first before applying to your actual project.
♥ Don't just give up
♥ Make it work!

If you are reading this part of this post, then you are the most patient person I know.  Plus, you are now my best friend.♥

Thanks for reading and hope you learn something from this.

Until then.
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  1. They look fabulous. I love the gold corners, they definitely make the frames.

    1. thank you so much marty♥ after all the fails that has happened, finally got what i wanted...


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