"grateful praise" painted burlap sign

I had a post planned for today that I'm excited about. It's not a big project, it's just something small and simple but I'm really pleased with the way it turned out... but as I was editing pictures I was like, "okay, those are all terrible". So hopefully I can get my act together and take some better pictures taken and edited this weekend. Until then, here's a project from last year that I love! It originally appeared on November 7th, 2012 and was edited for today's post. :)
This is my favorite time of year, the brisk weather, the changing leaves, Thanksgiving, then Christmas... it doesn't get much better than that. :) I've been decorating my house for Fall and wanted to make a little something for my mantel. That's where this comes in:
I inherited a bunch of frames from my in-laws who are having a Spring Fall cleaning in their house, and I'll pretty much never turn down free frames!  You know there was no way I was going to keep it looking like this though. I primed it then painted two coats of leftover Bear Claw (it's a color we painted an accent wall in our living room in our first rental); it's a beautiful, warm, spice kind of color and the pictures really don't do it justice.
I wanted the frame a little more aged though so I mixed up some black craft paint with a little bit of water and wiped it onto the frame with a rag, like a glaze, then wiped off the excess.
With the frame how I liked it, it was time for me to make the sign for the inside of the frame. I designed a stencil then cut it out of vinyl with Cami.
After positioning the the stencil on a piece of leftover burlap that I already had, I used a paintbrush to dab black paint in the letters, being careful to dab in up and down motions so the paint wouldn't seep under the stencil. 
Then, I just stretched the burlap over some cardboard and secured it into the back of the frame.
Ta-da! The finished product. I love the way it turned out and I'm excited to try more painting on fabric. I'm also excited to remake more hand-me-down frames. :) 

Linked to: Lamberts Lately, 52 Mantels

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