Painted Faux Rustic Windowpane Frame ~ Turn a thrift store plastic collage photo frame into a painted faux rustic windowpane frame perfect for fall décor.
I have been slowly creating easy DIY projects for the fall mantle above the fireplace in the living room. So far I have shared two projects on the blog. The first was a Fall Hydrangea Pumpkin Wreath Tutorial that was fun and very easy to make. The second project was how I created a Gorgeous Quick Fall Vase Filler using silk leaves and natural branches. That was literally a 2-minute project.
I have a couple of themes in mind as I am collecting and creating items for the fall mantel. I will be sharing what those themes are in a future blog where I will reveal the entire completed decorated fall mantel. So stay tuned.
The other things I am keeping in mind are the cost and how easy each item is to create. For example, I had been looking for a more authentic rustic looking frame made of real wood. I did not have any luck finding one that fit my budget. But when I saw this black plastic photo collage frame for $2.00 in a thrift store I figured I could make my own version. I found it sitting outside of the store in a clearance bin. Clearly it had seen better days since it was quite marked up.
I tend to use a primer on most of my painted DIY projects because I have had projects not turn out. The topcoat paint would not adhere to the item I was painting or the finish looked awful. Since this frame was made of plastic I took the extra step of using a primer on it even though I was working with chalk finish paint for the top coat. I am glad I did.
The other suggestion I have is to invest in a good quality paintbrush. I bought one specifically for watercolour painting years ago but I use it on all kinds of projects. It was worth the investment because it performs for me every time I use it.
This is how I made a …
Painted Faux Rustic Windowpane Frame
Materials (none of these products are sponsored)
- collage photo frame
- Kilz Primer
- burnt sienna matte acrylic paint
- Linen Vintage Décor Paint Matte Chalk Finish by Martha Stewart
- sandpaper medium 100 grain
Give the plastic frame a good cleaning with warm soapy water. Wipe the plastic frame completely dry.
Spray a very light coat of primer on the plastic frame. Let dry.
Spray a second light coat of primer and let dry.
Using a good quality paintbrush paint give the plastic frame two coats of the burnt sienna matte acrylic paint. Dry thoroughly between each coat.
Now paint over the burnt sienna paint with two coats of the linen vintage décor paint. Dry thoroughly between each coat.
When the final coat of paint is dry give the entire windowpane frame a light sanding with the sandpaper. This is to smooth out any bumpy painted areas. Then get more physical and vigorously sand off some of the linen paint till you see burnt sienna paint showing. Try to bring up some of the paint along all four sides, on top and inside of the panes in the middle of the now converted windowpane frame.
That is it. Your painted faux rustic windowpane frame is now complete. I had to call it ‘faux’ because it is still made of plastic and not real wood. But with this new look you can hardly tell!
I draped a fall leaf garland around the frame. Here are some beauty shots showing how it looks on the fireplace mantel. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
Final Comments: This plastic collage photo frame was very easy to turn into a painted faux rustic windowpane frame. But in keeping things real it did take several steps painting each coat and waiting for each coat to dry. I set up a painting table in the garage and worked on the project in stages over two days.
I like to dabble with easy doable painting projects. If I can do it I figure anybody can also be a successful DIY painter! I have a friend; Heather from New House New Home who is truly a talented painter and does much more sophisticated painting projects. She can take any piece of furniture and turn it into a work of art with her skilled painting techniques. My favourite project is how she turned a table found along the roadside into a Clock Face Table. It is amazing what can be done with the right kind of paint, paintbrush and a bit of know-how.
Your Turn: Are you a thriftier? If so, what kind of items do you look for? Are you a DIY painter? What kinds of things do you like to turn into something new and improved?
Here are some other fall projects I created for the front porch that I invite you to check out too…