Upcycled Frame with Faux Frosted Glass by Cari Fennell

Today, I have some great ideas to share with our readers, on how to add personality and gorgeous details to an inexpensive frame, plus give it a frosted look with hardly any effort. Once you have the tools and supplies, you can alter anything to make it go from ordinary to extraordinary.... And I am so happy with the results from adding the IOD colored transfer by Prima straight to the glass. Hmm-this could catch on-glass front kitchen cabinets, small windows for some privacy, glass doors on furniture...the sky's the limit with this idea! And I am sure you creatives out there will come up with fabulous ideas of your own...

Today, I have some great ideas to share with our readers, on how to add personality and gorgeous details to an inexpensive frame, plus give it a frosted look with hardly any effort. Once you have the tools and supplies, you can alter anything to make it go from ordinary to extraordinary....

And I am so happy with the results from adding the IOD colored transfer by Prima straight to the glass. Hmm-this could catch on-glass front kitchen cabinets, small windows for some privacy, glass doors on furniture...the sky's the limit with this idea! And I am sure you creatives out there will come up with fabulous ideas of your own...

I got so excited about starting this project, that I forgot to take a before photo of the frame (sorry)! I got it for 5 dollars at a big box store, in the clearance section. It measures 11 inches x 14 inches. The perfect size for the new IOD colored transfer-Nanz Neuner. It comes in two sizes-11in. x 14in. and 24in. x 34in. Make sure you get a frame that is about 1 1/2 in or more in thickness for the mould applique to sit on. 

I got so excited about starting this project, that I forgot to take a before photo of the frame (sorry)! I got it for 5 dollars at a big box store, in the clearance section. It measures 11 inches x 14 inches. The perfect size for the new IOD colored transfer-Nanz Neuner. It comes in two sizes-11in. x 14in. and 24in. x 34in. Make sure you get a frame that is about 1 1/2 in or more in thickness for the mould applique to sit on. 

This is the IOD mould  I used, called Moulding 1--815325. It offers a variety of designs and widths,  making it very versatile to apply them for any kind of project. 

This is the IOD mould  I used, called Moulding 1--815325. It offers a variety of designs and widths,  making it very versatile to apply them for any kind of project. 

For the medium, I used IOD paper clay by Prima. It works great for a project like this because it can bend and shape to the surface you are trying to add it to-which had slight curves. Apply the paper clay applique to your project when it is still wet. Glue it down with a sturdy glue. I used Soft Gloss gel by Finnabair. It's one her art mediums from her Art Basics line she created for Prima. It does crack while it is drying and that's fine with me. If you don't want cracks, try another medium like resin, glue from a glue gun or epoxy. 

For the medium, I used IOD paper clay by Prima. It works great for a project like this because it can bend and shape to the surface you are trying to add it to-which had slight curves. Apply the paper clay applique to your project when it is still wet. Glue it down with a sturdy glue. I used Soft Gloss gel by Finnabair. It's one her art mediums from her Art Basics line she created for Prima. It does crack while it is drying and that's fine with me. If you don't want cracks, try another medium like resin, glue from a glue gun or epoxy. 

Glue down all of the strips until the entire frame is covered. Then add fun little accents to the corners to hide where the strips meet...In the photo below, it's the mould image in the upper right corner. The mould is called Baroque 2--814786 I painted the decorated frame with Fusion Mineral Paint, Limestone-you might need two coats or so.

Glue down all of the strips until the entire frame is covered. Then add fun little accents to the corners to hide where the strips meet...In the photo below, it's the mould image in the upper right corner. The mould is called Baroque 2--814786

I painted the decorated frame with Fusion Mineral Paint, Limestone-you might need two coats or so.

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After the paint had dried, I grabbed some Metallique wax in Vintage Gold. I lightly applied the wax to the raised design to bring out the pretty details. Just add it, let it set for a few minutes and it's permanent! 

After the paint had dried, I grabbed some Metallique wax in Vintage Gold. I lightly applied the wax to the raised design to bring out the pretty details. Just add it, let it set for a few minutes and it's permanent! 

This is what the colored transfer looks like. Here, you can see the details in the image. Take off the backing of the frame, remove the glass and then clean it. Peel off the backing of the transfer and lay it right over the top of the glass. Burnish with the wood stick that it comes with, removing air bubbles and making sure the image is transferred perefectly (it will dull in color-thats how you know it is sticking to the glass surface).   

This is what the colored transfer looks like. Here, you can see the details in the image. Take off the backing of the frame, remove the glass and then clean it. Peel off the backing of the transfer and lay it right over the top of the glass. Burnish with the wood stick that it comes with, removing air bubbles and making sure the image is transferred perefectly (it will dull in color-thats how you know it is sticking to the glass surface). 

 

Then, replace the glass with the transfer and secure. I left the glass open and did not add the original backing, so it would look like frosted glass and semi transparent. It is even more beautiful than I had imagined in my head--bonus! Thanks for stopping by today and we hope you found some inspiration for your next DIY project!

Then, replace the glass with the transfer and secure. I left the glass open and did not add the original backing, so it would look like frosted glass and semi transparent. It is even more beautiful than I had imagined in my head--bonus!

Thanks for stopping by today and we hope you found some inspiration for your next DIY project!

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