I went on a sturdy DIY kick with a lot of my Christmas presents this year, as befits a college student. As promised in The Post-Christmas Wrap-up, Part 1, here is the second wave of hand-crafted Christmas goodness.
What do we do with vintage lace?
Why, we frame it, of course! I ruthlessly stripped Thomas the Tank Engine from his frame to provide it a home.
You can’t see it in the picture, but the narrow, wood-colored frame has a bamboo texture. I thought about adding some embellishment, but the delicate frame seemed to have enough detail already. In the end, I only added one brass shell for my beach-loving sister.
The blue frame presented an extra challenge, in that it (and the sun) cried out to be painted. I think it was a dark-colored wood originally; I just bought it for the shape. After three coats of blue during which I tried to get the finish just right, I had to joy of antiquing it with a coat of white. Let me tell you, you can have a lot of fun acquiring just the right “aged” patina, smearing on and rubbing off coats of white paint. I highly recommend it.