Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Guest Post From Val @ Chicken Scratch'd

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I am so excited to introduce you to my girl Val who whipped up an awesome, craftylicious guest post for me this week. If you haven't stopped by her site Chicken Scratch, take a minute and say hello, you will be really glad you did. This mama is hilarious and super creative. You can also check out her handmade shop on Etsy where she crafts all sorts of fashion for women and little ones with beautiful fabric rosettes and frills: Chicken Scratch'd Designs- I'm actually heading over to buy something right now! (It may honestly be more than 1 thing though...)

First off, I want to say !!!THANKS Megan!!! for having me over here today at The Patchwork Paisley.  I'm thrilled to be here sharing one of my very favorite DIY projects to do! 

Ok so here is the deal. I LOVE spray paint. I also LOVE old/vintage/one-of-a-kind type items. However, I'm not a big spender when it comes to decor and accent pieces for my home. So with that said, I feel like my friends and family ask me all the time how I refab the furniture and decor pieces that my home is covered in.  Today I'm going to share my tips and techniques. **I will warn you that the end result of my project is likely NOT what you will be going for since I was was up-cycling goodwill frames for part of my booth display for my accessory brand Chicken Scratch'd Designs at a holiday market. But I still think you will find the process helpful…
 I hit up Goodwill on the first Saturday of last month because its 50% off  ( I know Goodwill is cheap but honestly, sometimes frames can still be a little pricey... especially since you are just going to paint them.) I found some great gold frames in perfect condition. I think I ended up paying 2 dollars a frame. 

Lets Get Started:
All I do to prep frames for paint is a good wipe down cleaning with soap and water, and obviously removing the glass/back. 
Select your paint. I always use spray paint for two reasons:
1. I'm obsessed with spray paint ...
2. More importantly, it will give you a smooth even paint job with no brush strokes.
ALWAYS paint the back of the frame first. ALWAYS. If you do the front first your risk paint running/dripping down to the front when you do the back and even worse the front could stick to whatever you have them laying on, causing marks/peeling/smudges.
I'm crazy impatient and generally don't wait a whole day between sides but I would strongly advise you to put on your patient pants and try to break this up into a two day paint job to ensure no sticky smudges and let the paint harden before handling. 
* A great general rule for spray paint ( and hair spray!!! --  I used to be a hairstylist...) is the length of the can is how far away from object/hair you should be holding the can when you are spraying. Any closer is too close and will give you too heavy of an application. Continuous even strokes until you have your object coated. Again, be patient. You might need to step away and come back for a second coat.

Enough about paint…
Next step is the distressing. This is the part that I think scares people. I promise this is easy though. Just remember these are CHEAP goodwill frames so if you "screw them up" it really isn't  a huge loss…and honestly you can just re-paint and start over.
For sanding I personally enjoy a sanding block, shown below, rather than sand paper. It is just much easier to grip and hold on to. I feel like I have way better control.

The key to the sanding is using common sense. If these were old and laying around the most wear and tear would be around the corners and highest raised edges, right? So that's the main areas you want to sand. If you are OCD, this part will be painful, but try your hardest to not make it symmetrical! For instance, I usually don't distress all 4 corners. One may have just the slightest hint of distressing or not even at all but the other three will be heavily distressed…or sometimes only two are really distressed.  Try to sand in different directions and for different lengths along the edge so that its imperfect from one spot to another. The biggest mistake you can make is trying to make it "match" or over thinking it. Never sand along the entire edge. It would be very unlikely that the entire side is worn down. My photos below show the gold showing through in the spots I distressed. Notice how inconsistent it is. 

Once you think you are finished sanding step back. Look at them from a distance. This is a good rule for any creative project. Sometimes you need to just step away and get a different perspective. Not until I do this can I truly determine if my sanding is done and "right". You may even need to completely leave the project alone and come back later on or the next day to clear your head/eyes to really see your work. Usually, once I step back, I find spots that I need to sand down to make more underlying color show to distinguish that corner or edge more. Trust your gut!
Lastly, wipe down and spray with clear gloss spray paint to seal. This will prevent further distressing….or if you are like me, don't gloss at all. I often don't gloss because I don't mind things getting more and more scratched and distressed. It's your choice. 
Find some fun artwork or photos to place back inside. Make them your own! Or in my case, I used them to display my necklaces and headbands at a local handmade vintage market! (which you can do too!…just get rid of the glass, add some hooks on the back and hang them in your closet to drape your necklaces on too!)

{See something you like??? Think stocking stuffers!! }

Happy DIY- Painting & Distressing!!!!!!!!

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