6.21.2010

Diy from a girl who does not diy......



I'll admit it. I am not much of a DIY-er. I wish I was, really I do. For now I will say that time and patience have been standing in my way, yep, that's my story and I am sticking to it.

My DIY tends to be of the impulsive variety - you know, 10 friends are coming for lunch and I must have new pillows sewn before they arrive....

This is one such project.

I have been craving some color in my oh so white cottage....and have a collection of botanical prints hanging on a wall in my dining room, some are in pairs, others are not. This particular print was purchased at an antique store many years ago and quickly stuck in a cheapo frame and hung on the wall. It never looked quite right, all shiny and new looking.

I became convinced a aged-greenish colored frame would bring out the green colors in the print and provide just a hint of color on my wall.



I took a trip to my nearest paint store and picked up one of the Benjamin Moore color samples for about $4 bucks. Within five minutes of walking into my house my frame had begun it's transformation. I told you I am impatient!



After a couple coats of paint I broke out the Ralph Lauren Tobacco glaze and rubbed a bit of that over the paint for an oh-so-faux aged look!



Ahhhhh.....now that's more like it!



I am not a complicated girl, it's the little things that make a big difference to me. But just you wait, I have been inspired to do a bit more things with a paint brush around my cottage and will share them with you soon.



Happy Monday!
9 comments on "Diy from a girl who does not diy......"
  1. I love how the green sets off the botanicals. They look great! Maybe you are more of a DIYer than you think! :)

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  2. Much better! In my world, all frames require patina and age, whether I buy them that way or have to add it myself.
    So you go you little DIYer! Before long, you'll be buying your own set of power tools!

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  3. You can no longer call yourself a non DIY'er! :)
    I love the color and it will be the perfect touch of color!

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  4. how much did it cost you to do that diy project?
    lol.
    looks great Jill.
    I'll call you tomorrow.

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  5. Ooh yeah! That looks so much better. I love fern prints.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  6. Jill, I love this. I also think your choices are fantastic, especially the RL glaze and Benjamin Moore color you chose. Good job on your DIY.

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  7. Love the green! You transformed that piece into something special!

    Amy

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  8. Thanks for the laugh this morning and letting me know I am not crazy or the only one who is not a DIY'er. I do the same thing before guests and basically think buying is better than DIY. Just have too many other things I much rather do! I am spray painting my wicker right now which in my mind does not qualify as DIY and I didn't even scrape it first.

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