Thursday, March 27, 2014

Project Painting and Paper Backing Frames

Before Christmas we had family pictures taken. Have not yet ordered the prints but I have been collecting some appropriate frames from the thrift stores in anticipation.

I used ASCP Old White and clear wax and changed somewhat worn and unmatched wooden frames to an eclectic but a more cohesive group of white. The weather is still to cold and wet to work outside so my kitchen is the workshop and any surface the drying stations.

Also needed to update two old mirrors.

Thrifted one old mirror with a six sided brown frame with raised white flowers and leaves on the glass. Painted the frame with ASCP Old White (two coats) and waxed (clear).

Then there was the satisfying task of applying a brown paper backing to the mirror. I used small clamps to keep the paper in place while I trimmed the backing paper to size and before I glued the paper in place (traced the frame and rough cut the backing paper first).

Getting much better at getting the wire in place after gluing the paper. I removed the wire screws, glued the paper and replaced the wire/screws.

The second mirror just needed a new backing.

I wrote a tutorial on replacing backing paper in May 2012 here (picture below) and you can see the difference (above) when the screws/wire were removed before the backing paper was glued down.

Project Series: Making SpaceRepair and PaintPainted Stripes1950's Era Primary Chairs,  Grain ElevatorPlant StandsBurlap and Chicken Wire FrameA Small Collection of ProjectsMetal Stool Refurbish Sort of Fail

I've learned something over the last 3 months of 4 projects a month. Projects don't have to be items, they can be doings. Like doing cleaning or doing donating or doing sorting and filing or doing whatever needs to be done. I suspect my project posts will be changing somewhat, less pressure to do something to items and more focus of doing what needs to be done. (see Brenda I was listening).

Thanks for visiting.
Next post Monday at 7:00 a.m.

Today is the one year anniversary of my Mom's passing. I am remembering her as a busy housewife and loving mother of four little ones who grew up and made their own families, a gardener, sewer, homemaker and a supportive wife, often working outside the home so that music or dance or skating lessons or a holiday could be afforded. Mom was first a rancher's wife and then a minister's wife. Looking back on her life as I knew her I am grateful she was my/our Mom. 
Blessings Ruth, Mom, Grandma.


  1. oh wow great tips! Hope you enjoy the weekend Joy!
    Hope to see you soon!

  2. Thanks for this - I have the worst trouble replacing the backing paper on prints. I have to do it regularly since customers often tear a bit off to see if the original Constitution or a missing Picasso is hiding back there. HMMM, doing REAL stuff that needs to be done versus projects for a blog post? Rough decision.

  3. I had no idea that the backing paper would make things look so clean and polished. I learn something every days on the blogs, it seems. I'm glad you are continuing to make headway on your projects and hope the change in focus work well for you too, There's always so much to do, isn't there? The end of May will be the fourth anniversary of my mother's passing. I still have to fight the urge to call her at least once a week.

  4. thanks for these great project tips. Very useful. I will be looking to see what else you have on offer.
    Anniversaries can be a sad time - but we can also look back and treasure and remember the wonderful happy times. I am sure your Your Mum sounds like she was a wonderful person and I am sure she is smiling down on you.
    I am linking up to you through Mosaic Monday.

  5. Interesting post, Joy. I learned the same thing about removing the wire first. And the fact that there is much behind-the-scenes activity--you're right on the money about that! Sorting, researching prices and even figuring out what something is takes a lot of time. Then there is the stuff that doesn't sell or was a bad idea in the first place. What to do with it? It's a stuff in stuff out business for sure, and in between is where all the work is. Blessings on you as you remember and share your mother with us.

  6. It's a great idea to up-cycle old frames.
    By painting them all the one color it's much more pleasing to the eye too.
    I've collected a few old frames but most of them are two large and now I'm on the lookout for smaller ones as I would like to have a display of my grandies photos on the wall going up the stairs!
    Your idea of projects being 'doings' makes me smile Joy - how true!
    I'll be back to check out more of your tutorials, once my full time work tenure is over next week.

  7. Glad to see that I'm not the only one to use my kitchen counters for crafts. :) I'd use my craft table...but its too full! lol You have some amazing finds, especially that octagon frame. Look forward to seeing what you put in them.

  8. Oh these are going to look amazing !!! ( I have a huge octagon mirrored frame in my bedroom - love
    it )
    Sorry to read about such a sad anniversary :(
    Much love,

  9. This was timely for me because I'm getting ready to re-use some parts of some professionally framed pieces and will need to recover the backs. So thanks. And thanks for making the reference to Brenda's post. Loved it. In regards to your issue of doing projects instead of stuff that just needs to be done...I find that I kind of rotate - getting projects done and then having to stop and catch up. At that time I generally have to post about the mundane things like spring cleaning etc. I don't know how interesting it is but the alternative is not posting and I need the discipline.


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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