DIY Distressed Photo Frames

Jeanette Kakareka

One thing that I've been itching to do, is to transform some mix and matched photo frames of mine. A number of them are really standard (boring) frames, but a lot of them have been collected over time--often giveaways from coworkers trying to declutter. This has made a really fun assortment of shapes and sizes, which is to my taste.

I had to decide exactly how to go about transforming them in a way that they'd all have something in common when I collage them on the walls. I decided to "distress" my photo frames by using layers of spray paint.

You will need:

Photo frames


Paper towels

A hard sponge

White spray paint


Optional: a contrasting colour of spray paint

Firstly, it is always advisable to head outside for spray painting projects. Lay down some old newspapers, broken cardboard boxes, etc. If the frames are dusty, clean them up. But otherwise, texture and imperfections are good here. Place the frames spread apart.

Option one: Apply Vaseline in the areas you will want to expose the original colour. This is what I went for with my wooden frames. Next, apply white spray paint directly and skip the contrasting colour.

As you see, I had used painters tape to cover up the inside of one photo frame. This is because there was a beautiful gold colour there that I decided to keep.

TIP: I suggest not over-applying the Vaseline because otherwise you won't be able to clean it all up (it's hard to see since it's clear), and the frames will always feel "wet". 

Option two: Spray on contrasting colour. This is best for plain frames. Wait for the paint to dry as per instructions (I waited at least an hour between coats).

TIP: At first, I just evenly spray painted the whole frames my contrasting colour (black and brown). I later realised that if I have certain spots in mind to distress, I can choose to only spray paint those spots, making the top layer of white easier and save on paint!

After you have applied the contrasting colour and it has dried, apply Vaseline and spray paint the frame white as in option one.

Once it has all dried: You can go about the fun part, wiping away the Vaseline and thereby "distressing" your frames. I even purposefully scratched the white paint on non-Vaseline areas to make it look more convincing.

Viola, your frames are now faux distressed and so modern farmhouse


July film project wrap up

This is the last weekend of our Ballet Zaida film project.  Every day this month we have posted a different short video.  At 31 videos thats an amazing undertaking!  You can watch the videos on our Instagram, Facebook page, or Youtube page.  We hope you enjoyed them.  Be sure to like and share your favorites!  It's a really easy way to help us spread the word about dance!  Also remember that all the music is available for free download. Click the links below to explore the artists' music!

Oliver Endahl music

Joshua Piper music   

Ben Stewart music

Thank you to the amazing composers and dancers who helped make this project a reality!

Next week we will get back to our normal once a week blog schedule.  Check in next Saturday to read a post from Jeanette Kakareka!

Cat Heaven

Nicole Voris

Recently we have been working on making our patio nice.  We added a table and chairs, a bench, a barbecue, and lots of plants.  Being the crazy cat people that we are we decided we wanted to do something nice for Xyla and Sochi.  We found this beautiful great big blue pot and filled it with soil and cat grass seeds.  We luckily got a great big rain the next day and within a few days we had a full pot of grass.  We planted it lower in the pot so the cats could be in the pot while they enjoyed the grass.

When the grass was long enough we introduced the cats to it.  We got their harnesses and leashes on and ventured outside.  Xyla was not feeling it.  She would much rather walk up and down the sidewalk exploring the neighborhood.  Sochi though,  Sochi loved it!

We went to town munching on it and loved having the scent on him.  Sochi loves plants and we are constantly trying to keep him from eating plants that aren't good for him.  I think he was really excited to finally be allowed to eat his favorite snack.  I'm proud of our crazy cat people project. 

*Update - We went for another cat walk a few days after I wrote this.  Xyla decided she did in fact enjoy lounging in the grass.