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From Plain Frame to Distressed Wall

From Plain Frame to Distressed Wall… some of you are probably thinking… ‘Huh? What does that mean?’
Let us explain… When Kerstin Inga Peters started her project all she had was a plain, bright yellow photo frame but when she finished… she had a distressed, old wall with plaster falling off showing the bricks underneath.
She achieved all that by adding some texture and Tattered 
Angels paints… and loads of imagination!

It’s never too late … to have a good day! A true saying, right?! If you come dragging in from work and you’ve had a miserable week, just pick yourself up on a weekend; relax and start with creating or other things that will be a lot of fun. Don’t forget to have some time only for you! That was my idea behind this easy and quick altered wooden frame. – explains Kerstin.

For this project you will need:
old wooden photo frame
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Rustic

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist Linen
7 gypsies Architextures Treasures – Weathered Lady Statue
stencil ‘Bricks’
DecoArt media Modeling paste white and Tinting Base white
DecoArt Snow Tex
gauze, background paper + rub on transfer (inner part)
palette knife, brush

Apply modelling paste through the brick stencil; allow for the paste to dry.

Use a mixture of tinting base and texture paste and add a thin layer around the whole surface.

Colour a piece of gauze with the Glimmer Glam ‘Rustic’ and glue on the bottom edge, partly under the self adhesive ‘Lady statue’.

Use Glimmer Glam ‘Rustic’ and a brush and paint the brick surface. The Glimmer Glaze is perfect for altered art projects!

Spray with Glimmer Mist ‘Linen’ for an antique look.

Finally, use a metallic wax paint and distress all the edges with your fingers.

Now you can decide whether you want to use the frame to display an old family photo or a saying of your choice.

The effect is amazing, isn’t it? With just a couple of simple steps, the transformation is unbelievable! Just think of all the options this technique gives! 

Visit Kerstin’s blog and Instagram for more ideas!

Enjoy your upcycling!


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