31 Days of Before & After ~ Day 1 $1 frame before & after

Hi there!  Welcome to Rustique Art Blog,  If you are just joining me on my 31 Days of Before & After journey, you’re in for a fun ride.  I love to see what happens when you take something old, worn out and tired and give it new life.  I also love to use things that are already in my home to create something special for our home.  Thank you for visiting and I hope you come back often.  If you would like a quick reference to all the blog posts in this series to date; just click here to be directed to the index page.  

Okay…you can begin reading now 🙂

One thing I learned this week is that I stink at getting good before shots.  A good before shot of something ugly makes the after more wow!  But I’ll just have to help you understand how ugly this frame was before I make it purdy!

Remember this shot from the faux galvanizing post?

okay I know it’s not that ugly…it was only a $1, but it was the photo that was in it that really made this frame ugly.  I pulled the photo out of the trash just so I could prove my point…

told ya it was ugly!


I wanted to see what my faux galvanizing technique what look like on wood.  I came out pretty, but nothing like on metal.  So different mediums will yield different results.

I began with the Rust-Oleum Hammered Silver Paint like with the metal door knob

did some distressing before the dry brushing

I left the cracks so they would catch the white paint that I dry brushed on

the ugly frog photo was just taped onto a piece of board cut to fit into the frame

so I just used some black chalk board paint

the directions say I can’t write on it for 7 days.  I’ll let you guys tell me if that is true or not

I’m a rule follower, so I believed what the box says

but thanks to the wonderful world of Picnik

I wrote on it virtually!

I like my $1 investment and now I can use it to leave love notes for my family!

Many blogs are currently involved in a 31 days of change

I’m not (changed my mind) officially committing to this little adventure but I think it would be fun to try

so here is my day 1 of

31 days of before and after!

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See ya tomorrow!

Day 2 >>>

2 thoughts on “31 Days of Before & After ~ Day 1 $1 frame before & after

  1. Hi Cindi!
    I’ve made a zillion chalkboards of all shapes and sizes and I’ve never waited for 7 days before writing on it… overnight maybe but certainly not any # of days…. I’ve never had a problem and we use them all the time! I do scribble with the side of the chalk all over the board the first time you use it. 🙂 Susan

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