Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beachy Photo Frames


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I can't wait to smell the salty sea and to loose myself into the blue! My summer gets hotter and hotter and my ache for an Ocean shack grows bigger and bigger. Only three weeks left until my trip to the seaside! I wouldn't miss it for the world. A summer without  a week of sunbathing, swimming and listening to the soothing waves is lost time.




Until I do get to the sunny shores, I whipped up a little something to remind me of the beach. I chose to upgrade three simple wooden IKEA frames, which were the perfect canvas for my summer mood. The beachy photo frames smile at me with a color trio of cooling white, pale blue and blonde wood. The sand and sea color scheme was enough to daydream, but I thought a little pattern never hurt anyone. Instead of adding a plethora of seashells, anchors, boats and sea horses, I went with dots and stripes - a very subtle reminder of seashells and sailors :)
They sit together happily, embracing my mushroom retro lamp. What more can I wish for?

















The tutorial is so basic, that I will only mention the steps:
1. Prepare the surfaces you want to paint - the wooden frames should be clean and smooth;
2. For the striped picture frame, make a grid using painter's tape, then fill in the lines with a single thick coat;
3. For the aqua frame, paint the whole thing in the background color and let it dry properly;
4. Use a thin brush to paint the outline of every circle, then fill in with color and there you have your dots.



Update: The beachy frames have been featured at One Artsy Mama, A Little Knick Knack, Lovely Crafty Home, Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust, It's So Very Cheri, Katie's Nesting Spot , Mercy INK and Marvelously Messy. Thank you so much, lovely ladies, you make me happier than I can say!
  A Little Knick Knack  Lovely Crafty Home    A Marvelous Mess 
A Crafty Soiree  

56 comments:

  1. I would love it if you would share this post on the Waste no Want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK! I really think my readers will enjoy it!

    http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/waste-not-want-not-wednesday-3.html


    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk

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  2. Pretty frames! So beachy!
    I would love if you stopped by my party happening now to link these up!
    Thanks!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  3. Beautiful. So restful and beachy keen.

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    1. Thank you, Helen, they are even more restful in reality :)

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  4. So pretty. I think you linked up to the wrong party. This is our pool noodle party.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, Debbie, and I'm endlessly sorry to have mistaken the linky. I cannot delete my etry, please do it for me. Again, sorry, my bad :(

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  5. So cute and what a great way to add a splash of summer beach feel to your home!

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    1. Thank you, these beachy frames also inspire me now to update the whole living room :)

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  6. I love these! I feel like I can't get things to look beachy without making them super nautical, but these are perfect!

    clarepurvis.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Clare! Keeping things simple is really tough for me too, and it needs a lot of editing (in my mind and in reality also), but you know what they say... Less is More!

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  7. Those are so pretty! Love the different patterns & colors.

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    1. Thank you for returning the visit :)

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  8. Thank you for linking up to http://prettyshabbyuk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/waste-not-want-not-wednesday-3.html

    Look forward to seeing you next week

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  9. Simply pretty frame ideas!

    -:¦:- Art Update: Echeveria Plant -:¦:-

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Kristin!

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  10. Really pretty frames! I love the dotted one the most!
    Hugs,
    Hanni

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    1. Thank you so much, Hanni, I actually traced the dots with a penny :)

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  11. They ALL are super cute, but my favorite frame is the one with the polka dots!

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    1. Thank you, I was afraid the polka dots would not have enough contrast, because of the background light blue, but they turned out just fine :)

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Jennifer!

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  13. These are really cute! I love beach themed anything. I would love for you to share it at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice this week.

    Malory
    http://snips-and-spice.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-slice-its-party-2.html

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  14. beautiful!! I love the colors & designs you chose - they are definitely beachy and cute!!


    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, lovely Christina!

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  15. Gorgeous!! Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Jill!

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  16. ADORE!

    please come share at the Hearts&Homes link up at mercyinkblog.com :)
    blessings,
    lauren

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  17. Girl, I should have known this was you! You always have such a great eye for color and detail! Thanks for sharing at tip toe thru tuesday!
    xoxo
    Kim

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly, your support is honey to my ears :)

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  18. While the frames are pretty--I want your lamp!!! Gorgeous! :)

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    1. I can only land you the retro lamp - for it is a present from a friend's house and I've been begging for it for a couple of years, until I finally got it

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  19. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, Sherry!

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  20. I love these!!! So pretty! I'm so in the beachy mood right now. Come by my blog and see the starfish wall art I recently made: sunnysweetlife.blogspot.com

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  21. How cute... LOVE THEM ALL thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, lovely hostess!

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  22. Love the dots. I can NOT get enough dots!

    Mary

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    1. Me neither, Mary! I'm gonna drape myself in dots! And my house :))

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  23. My favorite color is beach color. I love all these photo frames. They are really beautiful and attracting.

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  24. Oh how lovely! Thanks for sharing with us at our Pinteresting Party. Hope you will come back and share again this week.

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting, lovely hostess!

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  25. I'm so glad you showed us how plain the frames were before your amazing creativity restyled them. It's my pleasure to feature you in my Fab Friday Favorites post today. Thanks so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday & please feel free to take an "I Was Featured" button if you don't already have one!

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle, I'm doing the happy dance!

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  26. I adore the frames!! I especially love the color scheme!

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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    1. Thank you for the visit and for the lovely comment, Christine!

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  27. I love the colors you chose and the simple look of stripes and dots, instead of adding a "plethora of seashells, anchors, boats and sea horses". Very lovely.

    Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!

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    1. Thank you so much for the beautiful words, Betsy!

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  28. There is something so soothing about those beachy colors. Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit, lovely hostess!

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  29. Beautiful colors! Have a fabulous 4th and thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely visit, Mary! Enjoy the holiday :)

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  30. Thank you for sharing at A Crafty Soiree, I've featured your frames in the newest one. It'll be up at midnight tonight, please come by and check it out :)

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    1. Thank you a million times, Katie, you've made my day!

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