Vintage English Frame Makeover

I have many frames and pieces of artwork that I consider treasures found in thrift stores.  Sometimes all they need is a little dusting and other times they need a little more help.  This particular frame is very special to me because it has some history behind it and a connection to England.  Which, if you know me, I have an obsession with visiting England one day.
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 

This little 8″ x 10″ frame has been in my breakfast nook for a couple of years now and I’ve debated often about painting the dark wood.  Well finally today I decided to go for it.  On the back is the sticker noting the gift shop in England it was originally sold and also a note stating this is a picture of the village post office in Great Tew, which is in the Cotswolds in England.  How cool is that?!
 
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
I started by taping off the glass, I didn’t want to damage the frame by taking it apart.  I selected Americana Decor Chalky Finish in the color Lace.  The 1″ angled brush worked perfectly for all the grooves.  I applied 3 coats and waited for each coat to dry before applying next.
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
Once the paint was dry I applied a coat of clear Creme Wax, followed by a coat of dark Creme Wax, both applied with the waxing brush.  You can choose how much dark wax to apply and how distressed you want your piece to look.  With a clean cotton cloth wipe off the dark wax, if you want to remove more dark wax and it’s difficult, I wet part of the cloth with water and that helps remove more dark wax.  You can see in this picture I also lifted some of the paint on the frame.  I left it that way because I thought it gave it a more distressed look.
 
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
The final step is to seal it with a varnish.  I chose my favorite Light Satin Varnish.  It leaves a wonderful soft look.
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
I’m really happy with the distressed look.  I placed it back in the same spot in my breakfast nook and it looks like it’s always been there.
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
 
I have these other 2 pieces on the wall next to it and I’ve decided to leave these with the wonderful gold.  Both are also thrift store finds and I’m sure people passed them by thinking the gold was too gaudy, but that’s exactly what caught my eye.  I also love the original landscape artwork.
 
 
Vintage English Frame Makeover with Americana Decor Chalky Finish by Carmen Whitehead Designs
Thank you for visiting with me, as always I really appreciate it!
 
I hope this inspires you to find an old piece and give it some new life!
 
 
Blessings,
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