…Before & After: Botanical Prints

These started as pretty silver/metal frames from Michaels. I bought a large stack of them with a purpose: to chalk paint, to frame vintage botanical prints and to create a Hide & Seek screen. Plans changed along the way as they do.

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Ollie is a bit skeptical.

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This was Greta’s first painting job. We started off small and only made it through 2 frames before she wanted to go pick flowers. Tempting for me too, Sweet Pea.

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I put 2 coats of French Linen on them and then used some dark wax. I did not sand these because I didn’t really care about the natural “silver” from the frame coming through. I was okay with them looking old and gray.

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I purchased some gorgeous vintage National Audubon Society postcards with a series of botanicals on them. They were slightly aged and yellowing. Perfect.

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The original plan was to make one of Blue Egg’s Hide & Seek Screens, like this:

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Then I lined them up…..do you see what I see?

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What I see is how cool they look as individual & groupings of prints.

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…and that’s how I’ve sold & am selling them.

Vintage Botanical Prints in hand-painted French Linen frames…$54 each.

Comments

  1. Katherinne says:

    Dear Christen,is lovelly!x

  2. Hi. I jumped over from your post on Young House Love. Now I’ve been wondering how I could have missed your blog all this time! Your home looks just lovely and right up my alley from this brief peek. Looking forward to spending some time reading the whole blog.

  3. Just a fabulous idea! Love the color. By the way, next weekend I’ll be in Arlington. Would love to visit. My husband’s aunt was actually the on who told me all about your work. Blessings, Vanessa

  4. Just a fabulous idea! Love the color. By the way, next weekend I’ll be in Arlington. Would love to visit. My husband’s aunt was actually the one who told me all about your work. Blessings, Vanessa

  5. I admit, they’re beautiful and educational.
    I love the botanical prints. This is genius and quite cheap if you only know how to spice up things.

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