Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vintage Wallpapered Frame + Tutorial

You might have noticed that I have been a bit scarce around these parts lately. It's partly due to the fact that I've been a bit preoccupied with a friend and her newborn baby, who at around 1 week of age is going in for surgery today. We are praying that there is a successful outcome from today and that she will grow rapidly stronger.

Anyway, I thought I'd share a quick peek at what is going on behind the scenes at Seaweed & Raine headquarters, and share a quick tutorial with you (quick in that there's not a lot of instruction... the process took me a little while to do though).

Jellyfish is turning 4 in a couple of weeks, so there is lots of planning going on.

Vintage Wallpapered Frame.

I suppose there are lots of ways that you could do this, but here is what I did.
Gather your materials.

Yes, this is a Kidney dish. It's stainless steel - so great for clean-up.

Timber frame ( found on a thrifty adventure)
Vintage wallpaper sample in your desired pattern
Small nosed pliers
Sand paper & block
PVA glue (I did consider both Mod Podge and wall paper paste - both of which I have, but I wanted the strength not so slippery factor of PVA)
Exacto knife (or similar)

1. Remove screws and wire from the frame, then take out the staples that hold the back in the frame. Save these. (Find a place to stash the glass and backing board of the framed work so that they don't get damaged).
2. Lightly sand the frame to give the glue something to grip on to.

3. Measure your frame, then measure your wall paper sample to give you enough to wrap around the frame. I used the rule of thumb "measure twice cut once". (Mine was 4.9cm wide strips)

6. Mark the wall paper and cut into strips.

I started the next part in the corner. You don't have to, it was just a starting point for me.

6. Mitre the corner of the first strip at a 45 degree angle. Cut off surplus wall paper. Glue the strip on the inside of the frame first. (I did try it the other way, but this gave a neater finish).

When this is dry, add glue to the front plane of the frame and smooth the wall paper over it. Leave it for a few minutes and then glue the outside edge and back.

Continue this the whole way around the frame. It's not rocket science. I did make a few mistakes as I went, but thankfully the busy nature of the wallpaper print is fairly forgiving.

Now sit back and admire your handy work! Ta - dah!!! :)

(N.B. Yes I realise I have put the hanging wire on in an odd way for the photo, it was intentional as the frame is going on a little adventure outside before having the glass cleaned and put back in.)

Hope you are having a fabulous day!
S xxx

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  1. It's a great idea -well done!
    Yes -I'd love a cup of coffee with you -in Grandmas kitchen!!

  2. thanks for the tutorial! a nice and quick way to have a new frame :)

  3. Oh what a great tutorial - your finished frame looks great! I DID briefly think of making a 'tweedie' frame for my photo, but went off in a different direction :) :) What's new!

    Hope your friend's little one got on OK :D

  4. Hope the little one is OK xxx
    Great tutorial!
    The frame looks amazing.

  5. Fantastic tutorial! I received a little package in the mail the other day btw....will be posting photos of the contents soon.... :D

  6. This is nice. P.S. Lucky you, it is spring time at your's place. A little bit more and summer is coming. (I looove summer)

  7. Great idea! You've explained it well in the tutorial.

  8. Cute and very good job! Come see my tutorial for my interchangeable wreath.

  9. Love this tutorial! I am always finding frames at thrift stores--I will have to try this! Thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog--I am following you now! :)


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