Yesterday my boy and I had an arts and crafts day. It was grey and windy outside, and I quite fancied having a lazy day indoors. But this did mean keeping the boy occupied. That’s when the brainwave of painting came to mind, and I also joined in. This is what i created, a funky photo frame. I’ll show you how I did it in this post. As for the boy, he painted a car.
I bought this kit for my husband on Father’s Day as an activity to do with his son – a ‘Paint Your Own Vehicle’ kit. Without any sign of it being done for 3 weeks now, I thought why not just let the boy paint it now!
He was so so excited. We lay out newpaper on the floor. I couldn’t find the little brush that came with the kit, so we used a big brush instead. Tyler got stuck in.
He was surprising tidy about it, and let me wash the brush between colours, and if he got any paint on his hands, I had to wipe it with a baby wipe – he’s a bit OCD about getting stuff on his hands!
You can see the finished car at the end of this post. This put me in the painting mood too, so I painted a photo frame that I had been meaning to do for ages. I had bought this M&S frame for £1 in a charity shop.
My idea was to make it more contemporary, by painting it light grey and painting the inside edges in pops of colour. I would get rid of the gold inside borders (yuck) and paint the text ‘family’ on the top curvy bit. Here’s how I did it – first I mixed a grey colour from white emulsion paint with a drop of black mixed in. I painted the whole frame in this colour. Ideally I would have used a mini-roller, but I only had Tyler’s paintbrush to hand. So I painted the strokes in the same direction to make it look neat.
Once the grey had dried, I painted the inside edges in green, yellow and pink – using mini-emulsion tester paint pots that I had in storage. The paints are 2 years old and still usable, so I definitely recommend them (they’re from Wilkos, 99p each). I have loads of colours stored in a shoebox, really handy.
Next, I wanted ‘family’ written at the top in a trendy watercolour type font. I tested a few out on my laptop and settled on the font ‘The Lost Paintings’
Then I roughly copied this style on to the frame in pencil and then drew over it in a black Sharpie pen.
It’s thinner than I’d like, so I may go over it in black paint once I’ve bought a suitable thin paintbrush. Still, the whole thing is how I imagined, and here it is, together with Tyler’s masterpiece painted car! Now all we have to do it choose the photos to go in the frame. Mummy and Son Painting Day – pretty productive eh? 🙂
What a lovely way of spending a rainy day. That’s a great tip on those little tester pots, I’ve got a fair few lying around too. The frame looks great x #HomeEtc
Quite a productive rainy day eh! Yes it’s so worth it those tester pots, I like the Wilkos one as you can reseal the pot, and so many colours to choose from 🙂 xx
What a great idea! I have lots of paint samples etc I just forget to use them! I love that it looked so old and dark and now it’s loveły clean and fresh! Inspired! (PS nice car too!)
Oh yes, it’s so worth keeping tester pots for those arty days! Thank you, I am so pleased with how it looks now. And the car ain’t so bad either 😉 xx
What a lovely idea of getting little ones involved! Upcycling for the children too! Thanks for linking up lovely. Much appreciated. Jess x
Yes the kids can get involved. I must admit, I normally steer clear of painting with him for fear of the mess, but he’s quite tidy thank god! xx
SUCH a lovely way to spend a day Sabrina!! I love the fact that your little was occupied, so it meant you could get on with your upcycle!!! I love the flashes of colour on the frame — just gorgeous — it really lifts it doesn’t it? Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc — hope to see you again next week! x
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Thank you! I think I have a mini artist, he loved it! It was good fun xx
That looks great – and what a great way to spend an afternoon. It’s amazing how different a frame can look with a coat of paint isn’t it #homeetc
Thank you! I love painting old things, gives it a new lease of life! xx
What a fab job you both did! I haven’t done anything arty with my two in ages, I suspect thy think they’re too old for it now! Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix lovely,
Thank you, hee hee, yes I have no idea what Tyler will be like when he’s older, probably will find footy more interesting than painting! xx
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