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Making Picture Frames Look Old : Painting the Base Coat for Aging a Picture Frame

September 27, 2019


We are ready to put the base coat on our frame.
Now the nice thing about the base coat is you don’t have to paint the frame solid. Just
make sure you shake up your paint, you squeeze it out on your wax paper. And I’m also going
to use a dark green if I’ve got some in here, I hope I do. It won’t take very much. That’s
plenty, you get a lot of mileage out of these paints, I got to tell you. And I’m also going
to choose a yellow to get that third color to create a little more excitement. So, what
you do is take your paper towel, have it ready, just have a paper towel ready so that when
you want to change colors you can squeeze out your brush. Dampen your brush a little
bit, and you can squeeze that little extra out. I’m going to start with a dark brown.
And where I’m going to put this is on all of these high places that when I sand it,
would show the dark underneath. And it does not have to be perfect by any means. If you
want to paint a lot of it, it’s pretty easy to do. It’s not necessary to paint it all.
Just basically where you know that you’re going to be sanding, which are your high edges,
this higher detailed trim here. Like this. You can see that I’m not worrying about whether
it’s smooth because we want it to look a little old and a little rustic. What you can also
do… looks like I need a little more brown paint…Wax paper makes it so nice because
the cleanup is just fold up your paper and throw it away, and wash out your brush, and
I am all for saving time and energy. Now what I’m going to do is I’m not going to wash the
brown out, but I am going to go to my dark green, and I’m going to hit just a couple
of places here and here. So I can have some of this green showing through. When you’re
doing something like this, you do not want to space it evenly all the way around, because
that’s unnatural. Wood does not weather in a natural way, some areas take more weather
and some areas take glass. If you’re using several colors, you want to keep the number
three in mind. ‘Cause if you have one, two, three, it creates kind of a triangle for your
eye to follow when you look at a frame. It will bring your eye all the way around the
frame, so that it looks balanced without even knowing it. So that’s one thing that you want
to keep in mind. Now I’m going to clean my brush, or my sponge brush. Just dip it in
the water, swish it around a little, does not have to be perfectly clean, squeeze the
extra water out, because basically we want to add just a little bit of yellow. Now I
need to wait till this green is a little drier. And what you do is just add a little bit of
yellow right here, overlap slightly on the green, and I’ll show you how that works, and
again I’m doing my three, and you can make this very, very light. That is basically our
base coat, and we are ready to go.

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