Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Fake Old Plaster Frame

Ann's away for a few days, so I get a turn!

This frame came from a charity shop and is made of a shockingly bright electric blue moulded plastic. Not at all something I'd want hanging on my walls, so naturally I bought it and tried to make it better. It took a bit of experimenting to get the right look of faded glamour, but here's how I did it.

What you need
  • White paint
  • Coloured paints (I used acrylics)
  • A hairdryer

How to do it

1) Take out the mirror/photo/expensive Old Master that is in the frame, otherwise you'll get paint all over it.

2) Paint the whole thing matt white. I just used some leftover household emulsion paint. Make sure you don't get blobs in the little nooks and crannies.

3) Now mix some coloured acrylic (ochres, earth colours and dark reds seem best) very thinly with water so it is liquid and you can see through it. Slop this all over the frame with a biggish brush and don't worry about accuracy

4) Did I mention to put a lot of newspaper down because this gets messy?

5) Use the hairdryer to dry the paint and chase it around into interesting patterns

6) At this stage it will look horrible. But repeat with a different colour and keep adding layers until you get the look you like. If it gets too dark you can always wash some white on, or drybrush some white onto the higher bits.

It took me about 15 layers to get the look I was hoping for, but it is the most fun I've had with a hairdryer ever!


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