Last Friday I posted my completed Santa Photos Gallery Wall. You can find that post here. I will be posting a series of mini tutorials that go along with the gallery wall. The first tutorial is painting all the mismatched frames to unify the wall.
These are the frames before collected since 1996. They are all some sort of golden tone. The red wall shelves were found at Goodwill for $2 each. I like the dimension that they add to the wall. The golf print has been hanging out in the attic for quite a few years. It will become a chalkboard.
Almost all of these frames are meant to be used as tabletop frames. Most did not have a wall hanging mechanism. I hammered a claw wall hanger onto the back of each frame before painting. I removed all of the photos, glass and mats from the frames and kept them in their spot. I highly recommend taking a photo of the frames laid out before. This will make the process of matching the frames back up with the proper photo much easier after painting.
I divided the frames into 2 sections mainly due to the size of my 2 drop cloths. This actually made it a bit more manageable to paint. First I dusted off the frames before painting. Next I started painting with a dry brush method, dabbing my brush on a paper towel to get off any excess. I wasn't looking to completely cover the wood. I wanted some of the gold to show through for a distressed look. I did sand a few of the frames after painting for a further distressed look.
In some cases, I would go back and wipe excess paint off. Do this quickly. ASCP dries fast.
I have already applied the clear wax. Here I am now applying the dark wax. Always apply clear wax before using dark. It allows you to move it. You can also add a tiny bit of the dark wax to your clear wax and complete this in one step. I chose to do it in 2 steps so that I could control the dark areas better, I then went back and buffed out the dark wax letting it rest in the crevices for that aged look.
This frame is complete with clear and dark wax over Old White. Make sure you buff well and allow to completely dry before adding your photos back. I let these dry overnight. They should be dry to the touch and not tacky. If they are sticky then you have applied too much wax and have not buffed enough. If this is your first attempt with this process, I highly recommend practicing first on a scrap piece of wood. It really is quite simple!
Please let me know if you have any questions. There are several more tutorials to go along with this post. Here is the gallery wall hung! I am very pleased with how it turned out!
For more detailed photos of this gallery wall please click here.
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