I’ve been waiting for this post for a long time! These frames have been collecting dust in my studio for a few months now waiting to be made into DIY jewelry display! In fact, I have a whole wall of frames in different stages of being made over.
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DIY Jewelry Display
Here we are, ready to paint! A few important things to notice… 1.) I’m painting on my dining table so it’s covered with my trusty old vinyl tablecloth that I only use for painting. You can see all my favorite colors there! My hubby says it looks like a sheep murder scene! (The sheep will show up on the blog soon.); and 2.) I paint with a cup of coffee. Although you may want to drink the coffee BEFORE you paint. I almost dipped my brush in the coffee at one point…lol…
Supply List for My DIY Jewelry Display Frames:
- Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primitive (gray), Inheritance (gold), Escape (blue), and Carbon (black used for staining)
- DecoArt One Step Crackle
- Americana Acrylic Paint in Burnt Umber
- Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish
- paintbrush (I like the angle flat paint brush!)
- chicken wire
- metal sheet
- metal ribbon
- staple gun & staples
- needlenose pliers
- gloves (not necessary, but nice when you’re working with the metal)
I started by painting the backs. As you can see, I didn’t sand or even remove all the old paper off of them.
I also tried something new on these, the DecoArt One Step Crackle. I had heard how easy it was and couldn’t wait to try it out. So here are the steps:
- Paint: No sanding or other prep needed (unless you have a stain that needs to be covered). 1-2 coats depending on the color. I did one coat on the blue and grey and two coats on the gold. Let dry completely.
- One Step Crackle: Just brush it on and let dry. (NOTE: I was a little concerned when I didn’t see crackling but after I antiqued it they appeared.)
- Antique: I used Carbon (black) for the gray frame and Burnt Umber for the other two. I thinned the paint, brushed it on, let it settle into the cracks, then wiped it off with a rag, and let dry.
- Varnish: A thin coat applied after everything is dry.
It didn’t turn out like I thought it would. It turned out much better! The times before that I’ve used crackle mediums I got big, chunky cracks. Which are fine sometimes. But this turned out tiny, hairline crackles. Doesn’t the grey one, especially, look like it’s really old?
I also decided to finish each of these in a different way. You can see how they were attached below.
The chicken wire on the blue frame is how I’ve been finishing frames for years. One little trick to use with that is to wrap the ends of the wire around the staples. Both to keep it from slipping out and to keep it from scratching the wall (or your hand).
I’ve also used these metal sheets in a lot of the jewelry cabinet makeovers. They come in several patterns. Notice I angled the staples into the side instead of straight through the frame? This frame was very thin at that point and the staples would have gone all the way through.
The metal “ribbon” came from Hobby Lobby. It was leftover from all our DIY wedding crafts from last year. I just measured across, cut it with tin snips, marked equal distances on either side of the frame, and stapled them in. Now I have three styles of jewelry display frames!
Leave a comment and let me know which color jewelry display you like best!
‘Til the next project,