Mar 29, 2012

Guest Post: Girl In Pink

My final guest post this week is my buddy Amanda from Girl in Pink!  I'll give you three guesses how we found each other, and the first two don't count.  ;)
Amanda and I live about an hour away from each other and we have had a few opportunities over the last year to meet up.  She is truly one of the nicest people you could ever know.  
Amanda is a furniture and vintage enthusiast, and she has some serious paintbrush skills.
I hope you will enjoy getting to know her today and visiting her blog!

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I was so honored when Denise contacted me about doing a guest post on Pink Postcard while she was away on vacation! 

 It seemed to be the perfect opportunity to dive into a little project that I have had set aside for far too long now!  I came across a lovely file folder months ago at Camas Antiques, where I have my booth space.  I loved the images on it and couldn't imagine that anyone would stuff it full of papers and file it away!


 I knew that I wanted to frame it and display it somewhere in my kitchen, and decided to go ahead and put it in a safe place until I came across the perfect frame, at a bargain price.
Months later I have in my possession a beautiful wood frame with green velvet mat that is just the perfect size!



Lovely color that it was, the green mat just wasn't right for the print and I wanted something with a little more depth and richness than the flat white frame.


I started the makeover by removing the glass and mat from the frame and painting the wood frame with 1 coat of an ASCP mix of Old White and Paris Grey.  I did a little bit of dry brushing on the raised parts with Old White and added just a bit of Antoinette Pink to the little details.

Unfortunately the pink doesn't show up well in my photos.  I completed the look I wanted for the frame with Annie Sloan's clear and dark waxes.  Next, I used a piece of scrapbooking paper to cover the velvet mat.  To do this, I cut the paper in strips and adhered them right to the mat using a simple glue stick.  If I was a perfectionist or a math-minded gal, I might have used a ruler to measure the exact pieces I needed to cover the mat, but I am not, so I just estimated and did my best with a pencil and my handy paper cutter.

  Part of the reason I chose the paper that I did for the mat was because I knew that it would be easier to match up the cut edges so that they were almost seamless.  It might not have worked as well had I chosen a floral or more defined print.  I now have my completed file folder art on my kitchen counter and am so thrilled with how it turned out!




I love how this blue bird topped candle lantern looks next to it, but unfortunately it's not mine (yet!)  I purchased it at HomeGoods as a prize for a ladies' game night that I am hosting next week.  I think I'll get out some cards and dice and start practicing!
I would sure love to win this sweet little accessory!  
Thank you so much for joining me here at Pink Postcard!

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda   

4 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty vignette. I love the way you lined the border, and the picture is too pretty, just beautiful.
    Paula Lusk

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  2. Dear Amanda ,
    You truly are an inspiration. Your creativity and energy never cease to amaze me . This French inspired Art is wonderful .

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  3. I LOVE how it turned out, love the mat and the frame is gorgeous!

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