One question that comes up rather frequently on my blog is ‘where do you get your inspiration?’ I’m betting that most of us find inspiration on pinterest, Instagram, in magazines and home decor books, and even in our friend’s homes … oh, and hopefully on your favorite blogs too 😉
But I want to add one more thing to that list for me, my travels.
Back in 2017 I was inspired to paint some things in what I called Norwegian Blue after a trip to Norway.
That’s actually Miss Mustard Seeds Flow Blue on that stool, which I thought made the perfect Norwegian Blue.
I was inspired to make my own Christmas wrapping paper after seeing some gorgeous velvet fabrics in Venice on our recent Adriatic cruise.
I also found some inspiration in Montenegro. On Wednesday I shared our visit to Our Lady of the Rocks in Perast where I was very much enamored by the painted trim inside the chapel.
I love that combination of blue and gold. It provided the perfect inspiration for revamping this thrift store frame that I picked up last year.
Naturally that slightly creepy picture of a girl was the first thing to go. But the frame needed a little work too. Here’s a close up ‘before’ photo …
The gold paint on the inner frame was barely hanging on by a thread. Initially I was just going to brush off the loose paint, seal the rest, and call it good. But most of the paint came off when I touched it.
So plan B was to give the frame a new look inspired by the chapel at Our Lady of the Rocks.
I used a small piece of sandpaper to remove as much of that flaking gold paint as possible and then I repainted the middle section of the frame using Prima Marketing’s re.design chalk paste in a color called Buxton Blue.
Are you wondering what exactly chalk paste is?
It’s basically a very thick version of chalk paint. It is more commonly used in combination with a stencil to create dimension, but it can also just be used as a thickly textured paint. It was the perfect choice for this frame because it left behind a textured, layered, aged looking finish with just one thick coat.
Once the Buxton Blue was dry, I pulled out the re.design decor wax in a color called Eternal, which is a gorgeous metallic gold.
Using a q-tip, I applied the wax to the inner-most section of the frame to brighten up the gold a bit. Then I also used it to highlight the detail on the outer-most silver part of the frame to tie it in with the gold.
The final step was to toss the creepy girl picture and replace it with this water color over a Minneapolis plat map. This was also a thrift store find, but it came framed in a really cheap and tacky modern metal frame. And by the way, this is a print not an original artwork.
But it looks so much better (and more authentic) in this vintage frame, and can you believe how perfectly it fit! It’s like they were made for each other.
So, what do you think? Can you see where the inspiration from Our Lady of the Rocks played a role in this makeover? Anyone else tempted to try a blue and gold color scheme on something?