I wanted to make this for my kids’ bathroom wall, and because of the prominent vinyl lettering already above the hooks, I knew I couldn’t do anything else with writing. So, I took a frame that I already had, and painted and distressed it. I made the twine wreath using a styrofoam wreath and about 3/4 roll of jute, then hung it with a thick polka dot ribbon.
Sometimes you’ll have a frame that has a really slick surface, and you may not be sure how to refinish it. Well, it’s definitely still possible, and you don’t have to sand it to death, either! If it’s going to be hanging out of the way, you don’t need to worry about priming it. Just spray it according to can directions, let dry, and hang. It might have a slightly more shiny look to it, so I would suggest a flat paint if you want a more matte look. If it is going to be on an easel, or somewhere that little hands can reach it, I would suggest using a primer specifically made for laminate surfaces. I like the one by Kilz, or by Bullseye 1-2-3.
If you want the distressed look, this will only work if the original color is the color you want peeking through. After it’s painted and dried, take a piece of sandpaper and carefully remove the paint where you want it to be distressed. It won’t be like normal sanding–you’re basically just peeling away the paint, since the original surface was too slick to let the paint adhere to it.
LOVE it! This could really be used anywhere–above a master bed, in a family room, dining room–the sky is the limit!