3.16.2010

Using Antiquing Polish

When I shop my local Goodwill, I always keep my eyes peeled for interesting, well made wooden frames. I love decorating with them, and they're so easy to paint and fit into any room. Just the other day I found this frame, almost 2 feet square, for $2.50!

I painted it robin's egg blue, because I had some left over from other projects. (Color recipe here if you want it!) Then I took this sanding block (best tool ever, pick one up at any home improvement store) and roughed up the edges.

After I sanded, I could see the raw wood peeking through. However, I wanted the edges to be a little more noticeable, so I used some antiquing polish (found at Michael's) to darken them.

I tried to get good photos of "before" and "after" to show you what a difference antiquing polish can make. Above is the before, and below is the after!

A few tricks that I tried this time:

First, I used a damp cotton ball to apply the antiquing polish. This works well as long as you don't have too much surface area to cover. I let the polish soak in for about 10-15 seconds, and then I came along with a slightly damp paper towel to soak up the excess. Just repeat that until you get the color you want!

Can't wait to show you how the frame turned out! Stay tuned...I have fun plans for my $2.50 beauty!


13 comments:

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Looks so good - can't wait to see the finish!

Momma to Bug n' Bear said...

It looks great! I envy the Goodwill that you go to. The one by me never has anything that good. Can't wait to see the completed frame.
-Desiree

june@craftyniche said...

Can't wait to see the finished frame!

Jboo said...

So cool! Thanks for your tips!

Janet

Jennifer said...

SO pretty!! I love that color blue. And the bit of antiquing makes such a huge difference!

The Little Red Shop said...

Ooh...great price on that frame. My Goodwills charge a bit more for frames.

It's looking pretty!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

: )

Julie M.

Carmen said...

Thanks for the tip! I was wondering what product I should use for a project like this.

Jodee Leader said...

Wow! I am soooo impressed! What a great find!

All Things Cherish said...

Love the color! I think the DC area gets jipped on "good" Goodwill stores. I never seem to luck out there! Thank God yard sales will be back in full swing in a few short weeks.

Kara said...

That looks great! You must have a better Goodwill than we do. I keep looking there for frames and they must be proud or something, because all of their frames that are that size are around $15 or more. Your stuff looks great though. Love the antiqued look!

Jane Deere said...

Thanks for the tips! I can't wait to give it a try!

Karen Carter said...

Super cute thanks for sharing! Love your blog! Just stumbled upon it and have been coming back. Thanks for the fun visits. Kindly Karen~

sanjeet said...

Can't wait to see the finished frame!
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