I have been wanting to transform this old pear frame ever since I launched the Chalk Furniture Paint colour, Sage.  I have always thought this would be the perfect hue to enhance this old painting and be a great way to use some of the Soft Black Wax to bring out that beautiful foliage carving detail.

Pear Frame Makeover

Materials Used:
Methylated Spirit
Rags
25mm Round Synthetic Brush
Painters no leak masking tape
Blake & Taylor Soft Black Wax
Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Sage Green

Click here to watch the frame makeover.

Step 1
Clean the frame using methylated spirit to remove any dirt that has built up over time.

Step 2
Mask off the inside of the frame with painters tape to prevent paint getting on the original painting and to create a contrasting inner border.

Step 3

Pear Frame Makeover, Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

Give your paint a good stir and start to apply your paint.  Be careful not to load your paintbrush with too much paint as you don’t want it to pool and collect in areas of the carved detail.  The round brush is perfect for using a circular motion to work the paint into those difficult to reach areas.  Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat.

Step 4 

Pear Frame Makeover, Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

The paint has flattened out all the beautiful carved detail and I want to bring it back to life and make it more noticeable again.  The Soft Black Wax is perfect to help highlight this lost detail.

Using a lint free cloth apply a small amount of wax to the frame and watch that carving come back to life!  The dark colour also helps to bring out that vintage feel.

Once the wax has been applied wipe any excess off and then use your cloth to rub the surface and buff.  Remove the painters tape.  The wax will need 7 days to cure fully.

Pear Frame Makeover, Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

The finished frame

Pear Frame Makeover, Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

Hanging in the main staircase at my home.

Petite Vintage Frame Makeovers

I so enjoyed making over this vintage pear frame makeover that I decided to try the same technique on some smaller vintage wood frames.

I followed nearly the exact same steps as the larger Pears Frame.  The only adjustment was to use a smaller brush in proportion to the smaller frame size.  I also tried out the Dove Grey Chalk Furniture Paint on one of the frames.

The results were fantastically vintage as the Dove Grey is akin to an aged cool white hue — as if your freshly painted white frame of 20 years ago had been weathering beautifully on the porch for some time.

Materials Used:

Methylated Spirit

Rags

25mm Round Synthetic Brush

25mm Paint Brush

Blake & Taylor Soft Black Wax

Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Sage Green

Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Dove Grey

Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint Steel Grey

(As mentioned above – these steps are the same as for the larger Pears Frame!)

Step 1

Clean the frame using methylated spirit to remove any dirt that has built up over time.

Step 2

Give your paint a good stir and start to apply your paint.  Be careful not to load your paintbrush with too much paint as you don’t want it to pool and collect in areas of the carved detail.  The round brush is perfect for using a circular motion to work the paint into those difficult to reach areas. Allow the paint to dry and then apply a second coat.  For the smooth wooden frames, you also do not want the paint to pool, the 25mm paint brush is great to get a smooth finish!

Pear Frame Makeover, Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

Step 3

Using a lint free cloth apply a small amount of wax to the frame.  Once the wax has been applied wipe any excess off and then use your cloth to rub the surface and buff.

The wax will need 7 days to cure fully.

Blake & Taylor Furniture Chalk Paint in Sage

If you are feeling crafty and give this Pear Frame Makeover or any other tutorial a go please let me know how it turned out by sending me some pictures!  I’d love to see and share them with the Blake & Taylor community.

Email your images to blakeandtaylor@bigpond.com.

Ellie B&Txx