I love being able to up-cycle items I already have or find at yard sales or charity shops and make them into something new and beautiful for my home. Without spending a fortune I can make my home look like I have! Here’s the story of a charity store picture frame that was given a new life…..or maybe five!
We all know that it’s on trend to reuse, declutter, and minimalism so finding items in our homes that can be used over and over again in new and exciting ways just makes sense.
Giving an old frame new lives
Old frame, second chance
This frame is already on its fifth plus life – kind of like a cat!! I picked up the frame several years ago at a charity store to display some of my mini me’s artwork. It had obviously had one life or more before me but for the sake of this post I was giving it it’s second life! The frame was a pretty light blue and it went perfect with our existing home decor, I was happy to give it a new home.
Next came the quote stage, the pretty blue frame stayed the same but the art work was replaced with a fun family quote that I printed off my computer to brighten up my home office. An easy change and inexpensive as it cost pennies to print off the quote.
Move to life four
The next stage of life was the most unsuccessful! This was the chore chart stage. For those parents who use chore charts successfully, good for you. Sadly as much as the frame looked great, (I actually made two versions, this, the second prettier than the first) it was frequently ignored so why not put it to better use.
Onto life number five….the last?
This is where my awesome and incredible, versatile Chalk Couture products come in. It’s so simple to turn something tired, unloved and ready for the charity shop into something that looks cool, fresh and totally on trend.
Being able to chalk on pretty much any surface rocks, knowing that I’m not adding another unwanted items to the land fill cool, helping to make my home look more like a page from Style at home than from hoarders, rock star mom. Not spending a fortune doing so, I’m doing a happy dance!
Yes you can chalk or ink on glass, here’s how
Why the correct preparation is so important?
Our silk screen transfers LOVE glass. No really, apply a transfer directly onto a glass surface only fuzzing the typical one or two times and that transfer will hug the glass so tight it won’t want to let go! You will have a really hard time removing it and you will quite possibly stretch the transfer to the point that you won’t be able to reuse it.
How to prepare to chalk/ink on glass
When applying a transfer to glass please make sure you fuzz at least 5-6 times. Yes this does sound a bit excessive but you will thank me. Don’t worry that your transfer may now be covered in lint and not feel as tacky as it should for your next chalk board project. You can easily clean with a Clorox or Lysol wipe and it will be as good as new.
Once transfer has been excessively fuzzed you can apply to the glass. Make sure there are no air bubbles and the transfer is applied smoothly and evenly.
To chalk or ink, that is the question.
With glass application you have the option to either chalk or ink your project. If you want the image to be permanent go ahead and use one of our fabulous inks. Inks can be heat set in the oven at a really low heat.
If you would like to be able to wipe off and apply a different transfer at a later date or use the frame for artwork or a photo use the chalk as it will wipe off the glass. One thing to point out here is as the surface is NOT a Chalk Couture surface I can not guarantee that there will not be shadowing after the chalk has been wiped off, however in my experience chalk does come off glass completely leaving it as good as new.
The chalk transformation
Chalking (inking) on glass is exactly the same process as when you chalk on a chalkboard. I kept this project simple by only using black chalk as I wanted to stay within the colour scheme of my family command centre wall. I love how it all ties together, don’t you?
Check out my video on Facebook to see the simplicity of the process.
If you want to make your artwork permanent but can’t put it into the oven, (maybe the glass is fixed inside the frame). You also have the option to apply a glass spray I have not tried this yet but when I experiment I’ll be sure to let you know.
So that’s the story of my charity store frame, will this be it’s last life? Only time will tell but I promise to keep you posted in another post!
Thanks for stopping by, looking forward to sharing a little more creativity with you again soon.