So... I have this white frame set, its gorgeous, beautiful, consisting of seven photo frames which are screwed together and then I spilt paint across it - oops!! It was completely my fault, I was re-arranging our paint display went one of the tester pots of Misty Mauve dropped from the top shelf, bounced off a table, cracked open and the paint went everywhere.
Now, I could have just removed the paint and left it as the white frame that it was, but, it was much more fun to take the colour and go with it. The Everlong colour Misty Mauve isn't one that I use very often and I saw it as a challenge!
The first thing to do was remove all the backs of the frame and glass. This was just to make sure that I didn't get any paint on them, while it's easy to remove, it is just a pain.
For the photo frame colours, I decided it would look amazing if I did each frame in a slightly different shade of the original. Starting in the middle with the neat Everlong Chalk Paint - Misty Mauve, I painted one coat and then added a small amount of the Everlong Vintage (a creamier white) before painting the next.
The trick is to have quite a lot of paint at the start, you'll see why as you go along. As you need to do a couple of coats on each frame, you need to portion off some of the exact colour that you used into a separate pot. If your like me, adding the white is done by eye and it's a nightmare to get this exact shade again so trust me and just keep paint back!!
Then repeat the adding the white paint to the pot of Misty Mauve after you do each frame until you have a very light purple for the last frame. I'm not going to lie, trying to paint round the bits that were stuck together is tricky! I found it easier to let it dry and then use a tiny paintbrush to touch up any bits you have missed. For this set I did two coats of paint, because I missed a couple of areas the first time :)
Once the coats of paint were completely dry, it was time to dry brush. For this I used Vintage, its a lovely creamy white paint, not too white, if you know what I mean ;) Dry brushing is sort of the opposite to sanding to give a distressed look. Perfect for pieces where it is tricky to sand or it just wouldn't look right.
The trick is to use a brush with next to no paint on it, dip the tip of the brush in the paint and then use a piece of paper of kitchen towel to remove any excess.This is where dry brushing gets its name, it uses a 'dry' brush compared to a 'wet' brush for normal painting.
Take your dry brush and gently brush it across the raised areas, for the frame I wanted it on the corners. It does take a couple to strokes for you to get a feel for how much paint is on the brush and how much pressure to use. Here are my beautifully dry brushed corners:
Dry brushing, dries in pretty much no time at all! I was unbelievably happy with how it turned out in the end
This frame set is destined for my bedroom, which is now pretty full of painted pieces... I think I am going to have to stop soon otherwise I will be running out room! I even put this one up on the wall myself, its totally a job that I leave for my other half normally but I really wanted to get it out the way of the kids as soon as possible, they are known for destroying things very quickly...