The products used to create this new look last a looooong time, you'll find many uses for them!

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You might want to distress a lot more, or not at all. You’ll need to use quite vigorous brush motions again to get in the detail.

The gold does stand out against the grey but the dark wax makes it all work nicely together. It will look like you’ve ruined all your hard work so far, but I promise you haven’t! So you go back over the whole thing with clear wax, not really paying much attention to getting in the detail. So this will lift the dark wax back off leaving the shaded effect. Expect to go through a lot of sponges to lift of the dark wax! You don’t get a lot of excess wax if you’ve applied with a sponge but buffing will give a nice shine. You can shake things up a lot depending of the colour you choose, how much you distressed and whether you use dark wax. Visit Lara Roberts Facebook page Roberts Vintage Frames to see more of her work and don’t forget to leave her a LIKE! My name is Lara Roberts and I hand paint furniture over at Roberts Vintage Frames, with a focus on ornate frames.

Lightly brush over the whole frame which will really pick up on that texture and the detail of the frame. Using baby wipes you rub any area that you would like to be gold.

I also dry brushed in Old White to really make the detail stand out and create a more layered paint effect. Unlike sand paper, baby wipes will only take off the paint and not disturb the gold.

Good luck on your project and if you have any questions I'll try to answer them for you.

For our new look, I decided to simplify and use framed photos going only up the staircase, so … We selected about 20 frames portraying our kids, my parents as children, and even a 1927 wedding portrait of John’s Italian family (named Segreto! But the carvings, the gold, the different mats and finishes in this collection in NO way reflected the sleeker aesthetic that our renovation sought to create!

If you have dry brushed, be careful not to knock any areas you don’t want distressed because it will blend the effect. Just rub the wax over the paint, pushing as you go. Dark wax looks daunting but the more you use it the more you understand how it works.

I decided to only distress the boarder to highlight the lovely shape. Using a waxing brush, apply dark wax to every inch of the frame.

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