Nicole™ Crafts Buttermilk Distressed Frame

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by Tara Diamond, Nicole™ Crafts

Nicole™ Crafts Buttermilk Distressed Frame

This is a great project for learning and honing your distressing skills! These decorative frames from Nicole Crafts have a lot of surface for decorating. Whether you want to paint them, use Mod Podge decoupage, vinyl or whatever your favorite decorating medium of choice, these can be hung without even a photo in the middle! Show off  your stamped or scrapbooked art, children's drawings or leave the opening...open.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Remove back of large frame and set aside. Paint frame with Buttermilk paint. Allow to dry.
  • 2
    Remove back from small 5 X 5 scallop-edged frame. Using pliers, remove the metal clips that hold the frame back in. Paint with Spa Blue paint. Allow to dry.
  • 3
    Using Spa Blue paint, paint the inner edges of the large frame opening, then paint out from the opening ¼ inch all along the opening of the frame. Repeat coats until opaque.
  • 4
    Sand both frames to give them a worn-in, distressed look. Rub the larger frame with the steel wool to create grayish aged markings, concentrating around outer edges.
  • 5
    Make a 50/50 mix of staining medium and Burnt Umber paint and coat sanded edges of frames. Wipe off with a rag until you get the desired aged look. Allow to dry.
  • 6
    Glue small scallop frame onto large frame so that openings line up using a very thin bead of Quick Grip Adhesive.
  • 7
    Spray the back of cardstock with spray adhesive and then adhere to canvas sheet. Trim edges. Place in printer and print out any 5 X 5 Black and White artwork. Trim to size and insert into frame. Replace frame back.
  • 8
    This is just a suggestion for what to put inside of the frame. Also try using your favorite photo, found objects or a family member's silhouette.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:1-2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole™ Crafts Wood Frame 12 inch x 12 inch Square 104748387
  • Nicole Crafts™ Wood Frame Scallop 5 inch x 5 inch 104748389
  • Nicole™ Crafts Cardstock 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch Snowcap 104061494
  • Canvas Corp. Canvas Fabric Sheet 12 inch x 12 inch 104584110
  • DecoArt® Americana® Staining/Antiquing Medium 104114067
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz Ocean Blue 104521665
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Buttermilk 104106660
  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Traditional Burnt Umber 104699314
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Brush Flat Shader 12 104118907
  • Beacon Adhesives® Quick Grip All-Purpose Permanent Adhesive 2 oz. 104290188
  • Elmer's® Craft Bond® Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive 11 oz. 104148280
  • Coarse-Grit Sandpaper
  • Steel Wool
  • Rag
  • Pliers