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Pinspiration Monday: Golden corners

Welcome to a new week! I am feeling super motivated and energetic right now – Probably because of a productive weekend full of knocking off wedding projects and taking care of a few things around the house that have been neglected. It feels good to come home and know that my closet is organized, I have a few new pretty things to look at on the walls, the laundry has been done and the new window treatment hardware I bought ages ago has finally been installed.

::happy sigh:: Literally.

A big “Thank you!” to my amazing fiance for his patience and help in getting all of that accomplished with me! He’s such a good sport…We even managed to sneak in a Red Box movie last night – Anyone seen “Ides of March” yet? Pretty good flick.

Today, I am sharing one of the long-awaited craft projects that I completed over the weekend – It all started with this inspiration image, snagged from Pinterest:

Source: A Thoughtful Place

As subtle as it seems, I was instantly drawn to the idea of metallic gold corners on black frames. I am all about brass and warm-toned  metals at the moment, so I just knew I had to give it a shot. If you follow the link above, you’ll see that Courtney actually used metallic spray-painted masking tape to achieve the look of gold corners without the permanence of painting directly on the surface. A genius idea for those who aren’t sure they want to commit, but I was sure about the look and decided to go for it, all in.

This is the set of frames I chose to update:

They look nice on their own, but just “nice.” In my head, I imagined that new lux gold corners would really bring some added sophistication to the frames and the art itself.

Supplies:

  • Gold paint (I got Martha Stewart brand multi-surface craft paint)
  • Masking tape
  • Small foam paint brush
  • Sand paper

First, I taped off my corners. The glass (or in this case, plastic) inside my frames is glued to the inside, so I couldn’t simply remove it and just tape the frame. I had to tape both the edges of where my gold corners would end up and the plastic surface as well. To make my corners  even, I used a ruler and measured/placed them two inches in length from the outside edge.

After all of the taping was finished, I took some medium grit sandpaper and roughed up the taped-off corners. This step helped with giving the paint something to “grab” onto. I highly recommend this step – I thought maybe I could get away with not sanding and went ahead and painted three out of four corners on one of my frames, but ended up having to give them an extra coat of paint in the end. So sand, sand, sand for best results!

Time for the paint – I brushed on a thin coat of the metallic paint between the masking tape and then allowed for 30 to 45 minutes of dry time between. I had the TV on in the background for my multiple coats to keep me occupied. I didn’t end up counting, but I think it took about four or five layers of paint for the corners to look good and gold – It probably depends on the material of your frame (wood vs. metal vs. plastic). When you can’t see the color of your frame through the paint, you are good to go.

Here’s a quick photo progression of the first couple of coats:

From this close up below, you might be able to see some scratches from sanding the surface of the frame through the paint. Don’t worry if you can see this – After you get a few coats of paint on and it dries, the texture will even out to a smooth finish.

And now for the final reveal of the gold-on-black frame collection:

I think the new golden corners add so much interest, more than I could have even anticipated. The frames originally cost me about $10 apiece and the gold paint, only $1.99. For a total of about $11 each, this project really transformed the look of the collection – Of course, it’s just my opinion, but I think they look much more expensive now. So excited about the end result!

To try to convince you further, here’s a little side-by-side action of the frame before, and then after with newly-painted corners. I think the gold really pulls out the warm tones of the print too (speaking of, these photos came from Honeytree Etsy shop).

In fact, I love the collection so much more now, that I plan on beefing up the area. If you can’t tell, they are hung in our master bedroom – We recently received the shelf pointed out below as a generous wedding gift. I think I’d like to center the leaning shelf on the wall and then stack the prints, two each, on either side of the shelf. Of course, I’ll layer in all sorts of brass animals and bowls, etc. to carry that new gold tone throughout. Can’t wait to get that project styled and ready to share – Stay tuned.

Source: Crate and Barrel

Hope you all have a great beginning to your week…

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  • April 16, 2012 - 10:19 am

    Ainhoa - What a great idea! I’m not the biggest fan of gold but it would be a fun project with other colors, too.ReplyCancel

    • April 16, 2012 - 10:20 am

      Carrie - Yeah! If you prefer silver, a metallic corner in platinum would be just as beautiful =)ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2012 - 10:48 am

    Alex Landar - A really good wedding gift! You really can’t get a better one (furnitures that fits the decor and help increases space~), other than a really good honeymoon! :)
    I am in good spirits too, I read your post after I had finished adding a new hanger rack to a hidden corner for hanging belts (=cut down on space horde by belts in the wardrobe) so I am very happy with the results as well~ and reading your warm post just made me happier.ReplyCancel

    • April 16, 2012 - 11:15 am

      Carrie - I agree…So pleased!

      And well-done on your project! Feels so good to accomplish something you need =)ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2012 - 11:03 am

    Woman in the Middle - Wow! Amazing what the gold corners do for the frames and prints! It gave the collection a whole new look.ReplyCancel

    • April 16, 2012 - 11:13 am

      Carrie - Thank you! I am excited that you like it as much as I do!!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    cravesadventure - This really makes the frames pop – loving your idea – thanks for sharing! Happy Monday!ReplyCancel

  • October 27, 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Rachelle Bryant - I’m doing this to some frames right now with silver paint! Thanks for the inspiration. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will send you a picture of the finished living room! :-)ReplyCancel

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