Saturday, February 25, 2012


Ta da dump, ta da dump, ta da dump, dump, dump................on the dump pile in the bed of the truck, she was thrown.

Plaster was missin' and cracks were here and there, so Miss Betty didn't think there was any need of tryin to save her.  But, then, before the truck headed toward the city dump, she thought, I'll bet Candy can wave her wand and bring this once gorgeous old frame back to life.

So, off the trash pile she was pulled...............

 into my shop she came.  And, this is how she looked.

First step was to paint it solid white.

Then the detail, I painted with acrylic paints in pinks, greens, a touch of blue and yellow.

Then, since there was soooo much detail that wasn't showing, I decided it needed to be antiqued.  So, I brushed on Minwax Dark Walnut, then dabbed the excess away with a paper towel.  And, here she is...........SAVED FROM THE DUMP...........bless her heart.

                            Plaster is STILL missing from the corners

And there are STILL cracks...............

here and there.....................

But, I do believe that

when Miss Betty came to take her home from my shop yesterday, she was reeeeally happy that she'd decided to save this sweet old piece from the dump.

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  1. Nice job saving this frame. You definitely gave it a major face lift!

    BTW I'm your newest member!
    I'd love for you to stop by and check out my blog too!

    1. Great, Sarah. And, I'm your newest follower too. Thanks for visiting.

  2. Very cool! My dad just did a similar project with a large antique frame. He made small molds to remake the pieces that were missing.

  3. OOOuuu, Elyse. That sounds waaay beyond anything Im capable of. What did your Dad use to make the molds?? I'd love to see a tutorial of that.


  4. I painted an antique mirror frame in pink for my bedroom..never thought to paint some of the detail in other colors..might have to take it down and try this..

  5. Hi Candy,
    thanks for visiting Butterbean Row! I love how you redid this old cast away frame. It is beautiful!


  6. I LOVE this style of glad she didn't go to the dump, too!
    THANKS for stopping by!

  7. I love what you did with the frame. I picked up one similar last summer and it's still sitting here! I also love your lamp shades and your painting. Thanks for stopping by today! I am a follower too...

  8. Beautiful job on the frame...lucky for the frame (and Miss Betty) that you have the vision to see the finished piece before you even begin. Thanks for visiting my blog. Come by often~
    Blessings & hugs,

  9. Great job! I have 2 mirrors like that I distressed both of them in blue stain. I have another mirror that's missing an area also. I found how to fix it by tracing the flowers from the ones already there, cutting the outline with an exacto knife, taping or gluing that onto a piece of thick cardboard and then using wood filler onto the cutout, making sure to outline carefully to create a new raised motif. You might have to work and mold the filler in a little, then paint. I will be posting that project onto my blog after I finish more important projects.

    Thanks for sharing and linking up!


  10. It's a beautiful frame. So glad you could save it.

  11. I love it, Candy! I love the look of the painted flowers with the stain over it. I love frames like this, but I don't know if I would have taken that one home in its original condition. Thankfully, you saw more potential in it!

  12. super transformation....I love frames with all that detail. So glad she did not throw it away.

  13. Pretty! Pretty! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday! I always appreciate your participation!

  14. Candy,
    Wow! This turned out beautiful! You did a great job and I love the new colors. Thanks so much for sharing at Creative Thursday this week. Have a wonderful weekend.



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