Monday, November 16, 2009

Painting with Stain

I had never in my life used stain, let alone used it to "paint" with. But when my friend and I (hi Linds, if you're reading this! ) had a yard sale this summer and she was about to put it on the free table, I asked her if I could take it. I really had no idea what to do with it, so it just sat for a while.

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(The color she gave me was English chestnut.)

I had been hating the "tackyness" of my gold frame for a while now. I am ashamed to admit this sat in my house for almost 3 years this way. In my defense, I love Monet and I purchased it at a church yard sale so kids could go on mission trip to Ecuador. That is a deadly combination for me, by the way. As if I need any more incentive to go to a yard sale!

Anyway, I figured it would be impossible to get uglier, so I simply brushed two coats of the stain on, and this was the result.

It has a much more coppery look to it, and it picks up the reddish browns from the print. I most definitely have not cleaned the bottom yet - you can see where my horrible painting ability got on the glass (I couldn't take the print out because it was professionally done.)

Simple, easy, and best of all?



Linking up to Kimba's site!


  1. Very inspiring! I hate to think how many frames I've let go just because they were ugly. Great site!

  2. looks good....
    (linds) :)

  3. Neat idea, it looks great. I never thought of using stain over a gold frame like that.

  4. What a great idea!! It looks so much better with the stain! :)

  5. Looks so neat! Thanks for the idea. I wouldn't have thought of that.


  6. free! best price. I'm glad you took the plunge and tried something new! It looks a lot better.


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