Sunday, February 20, 2011

Antique Photo Frame Repair and Update

My grandma had her sister's picture in a frame like this for years.  Like a
cheval mirror, it could tilt forward or backward on the arms of the base. 
As I child I remember thinking my great-aunt must have been like a
 movie star to have her picture in such a fancy frame :) 
So, when I found this smaller version at a yard sale for
25 cents, naturally it had to come home with me.
The frame was loose from the base because the screw holes had 
worn out, but it had some pretty little details...
 First thing, I filled the screw holes with wood putty and let it dry, 
then sanded those down smooth.
Next, a light all-over sanding and good cleaning, then a coat of dark acrylic 
paint as an undercoat - I mixed blacks and browns and even a bit of tan.
After the undercoat dried I brushed on two coats of warm white acrylic craft paint.
After distressing with a bit of sandpaper, plus a light glazing in a warm brown (most
of which was wiped away), it was ready to be re-attached to the base.
Using my teeny-tiniest bit I drilled pilot holes just above where the
original screw holes had been.  I put the screws and tiny washers
 on and it all went back together perfectly.  The glass had 
been cleaned and it was ready for a photo!
Good thing I was able to scan a photo and print it to the correct size - this is
by no means standard at 6" x 8 1/2"!   That lovely young newlywed
 couple in the fuzzy 1940-something photo, were preparing
to embark on their honeymoon as well as a lifetime
together - my mother and daddy.
They still look like movie stars to me :)

Linking to:

Beyond The Picket Fence
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Deblynco said...

That's pretty!

Lindy said...

You did a great job. It turned out great and I love the picture of your parents. Cool!

Mrs.B said...

That's so sweet! :)

Kindra-At Home With K said...

I love this makeover! I can't believe you got this for 25 cents! I don't see those frames very often.

Cristie said...

Love the frame, you've made it so much more beautiful! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a lovely weekend.

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten! Love this makeover!

Erin said...

Wow!! The frame turned out gorgeous! And I love the picture you used too. :)

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