Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Evolution Of A Vintage Frame

I found this old frame in the trunk in the basement, along with a bunch of my mother-in-law's college stuff from the 1930's. I think it had a photo of an old flame or a college chum inside. It was in BAD shape, the silvery finish was flaking off, and it was unusable in it's found state. I had to take a toothbrush and brush away the rest of the flaking stuff ( may have had lead in it for all I know!) You can see the stuff in the box beneath it:
I sprayed the top of the frame with spray adhesive, and sprinkled on Martha Stewart Sterling Glitter:
The insert that is actually the easel back has this cool green and black design on the fabric covering it! I left the glass out so I could get this photo:
All done! And it just happened to be the perfect size for this sweet photo of my mother-in-law when she was a little girl:

Much improved from the top picture, don't you agree?

7 comments:

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Absolutely Beautiful! Classic!

yosemite faith said...

is martha's glitter all she says it is? i imagine the answer is yes but i haven't used/purchased any as of yet. great job heidi.

Tina Dawn said...

Looks great. Who ever said you weren't crafty? Would be interested in seeing the photo that was in it, or was it in bad shape too? Is the Martha Stewart glitter guaranteed to not tarnish?Enjoyed watching the evolution. Love T

Heidi Ann said...

To answer your questions:
Faith - Although I have had Martha Stewart glitter on hand for some time, this was my first experience using it. I was happy with the result.
Tina - I only know that it does not say on any of the labels that it is non-tarnishing.
I don't even remember which photo was in the frame - an un-named Berkeley alum, I believe!

farmlady said...

Great tutorial! I like the glitter idea. Makes the old frame just sparkle. The photo is perfect. Thanks for a great idea...

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Great job, Heidi! Twyla

Maria said...

This looks great! I admit I'm too lazy to pull off something like this- but I do love me some vintage frames :)