How to Age Thrift Store Frames With Antiquing Dust

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My daughter found these thrift store frames about five years ago. They were a couple of dollars each when she bought them. She's been using them in her room as bulletin boards. But when she went to collage she left them behind. So I took over and updated them. These oval frames had been beautiful with a lot of detail but they'd been dropped so much over the years that they where getting pretty beat up.

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Supplies for this project:

  • antique frames with lots of detail
  • Country Chic All-in-One Decor Paint, in Vanilla Frosting
  • Country Chic Antiquing Dust, in Willow
  • paint brushes
  • Country Chic Natural Wax
  • Wax Brush
  • rags

First, I gave them a couple of coats of vanilla frosting.

HELPFUL HINT: If you need to step away before you’re finished painting, put your paintbrush in a plastic baggie. You can even leave it overnight if you stick it in the freezer!

After the two coats of paint dried, I waxed the frames with Country Chic Natural Wax. Now y’all know that I don’t like waxing, but this finish is worth it! Plus, it’s just so much fun to throw the dust around! Then I pounced on the Country Chic Antiquing Dust.

You can see a video of this technique on my website.

I let it sit for 30 minutes, then I wiped off the extra dust and buffed. The antiquing dust really made the details POP!

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  • Cheri Tanner Cheri Tanner on May 28, 2019

    So.......what did you use them for????? Did you put pictures in them or use them for something else?

  • Darlene Houdashelt Darlene Houdashelt on May 28, 2019

    Do you have any tips for repairing the older frames?

  • Erika Erika on Jun 04, 2019

    I have several antique frames with the decorations slowly (or quickly) deteriorating. I like your note that the dust made the details pop. I have some frames that are all wood, that will help. But others are more of a clay substance, at least the details, which I'm sure you know crumble. Does this technique also help preserve what's left of the details? Does it stop more from crumbling away? Thanks!

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