Not-So Vintage Picture Frame

Well, another evening my boyfriend is working until 4am so it’s time to put on my crafting and blogging cap.  As I have mentioned in my previous blog post I am STILL unpacking and decorating our new condo for about 4 months now.  In my old room everything was black and white and being that I am a slight hoarder I just could not get rid of a square picture frame that I bought, so I utilized it in our new home.

Every day when I would sit in the living room this picture frame would STARE at me like an annoying pimple you cannot get rid of.  It just did NOT fit in with my decorating style at all and something had to be done. Just look at it – gross.

I really LOVE the look of old vintage chipped paint – here is how I made my new black picture frame into a not-so vintage one:


First, I took the frame and rubbed a candle along all of the edges and corners.

I then put a rough white coat of paint trying really hard not to make it look perfect. (I am a perfectionist)

Once it dried, I took a paint scraper and went along the edges where I put the candle wax.  This gave it that “chippy” old look as if the picture frame was banged up a few times.

I then lightly brushed a slight layer of brown around the edges.

Finally, I took a fan brush, and went over the brown paint with white again.  I also went along one more time and chipped some paint along the edges with a paint scraper.

And there you have it – AHHH much better, don’t ya think?

Cheers! – J


A while back I came across a really cool YouTube tutorial on how to make a bracelet out of soda can tabs.

After watching the video and playing around on my own, I decided to put my own twist on things.  I also decided to spray paint my soda tabs a metallic gold to give it that extra “pop”.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 15-25 tabs from a soda can
  • Metallic gold spray paint
  • 2 feet of ribbon
  • Scissors

First I started off by spraying both sides of the tabs.  I used a metallic gold but I think next time I want to try a bright blue with maybe a gold ribbon. You don’t HAVE to do this step, it just makes the bracelet look a little more fun.

Next, I cut 2 one foot strands of ribbon.  I put clear nail polish on the ends of the ribbon so they did not fray.

Each strand of ribbon goes through one of the holes within the tab.  The first tab I put on, I laced the ribbon through the top side of the tab and pushed it to the middle (the top being the smooth part of the tab and the bottom being the bumpy part)

The second tab I put on, I laced the ribbon through the bottom part and again pushed to the middle. **Note I laced from the left side when starting

The third tab I put on I laced it through from the right side through the top of the tab.  I then laced the ribbon through the top part of the tab under it (the now middle tab).  This is your starter.

  Once you have your starter you can now alternate from left to right adding on the tabs.  For the tabs that go on the top row, you want to enter the ribbon through the top of the tab and then lace it through the previous one to keep them together. Bottom row tabs, enter the lace through the bottom.

As you can see here, this tab is going to be on the top so I laced it through the top of the tab.  After this is on you thread the ribbon through the bottom tab.  Keep this process up until you reach the desired length you want.

Once finished double knot the ends under the bracelet.

Tie in a bow to wear.

I also included my instagram pic on the finished bracelet.  Feel free to follow me on Instagram @jstant719!

What do you think?  What other colors would you suggest that would really make the bracelet POP*?

Cheers – J

Creme De La Cheap

One of my absolute favorite things to do is finding something interesting, whether it be fashion, home decor or beauty, and figuring out how I can make it myself for a fraction of the price. You will see this a lot throughout my posts.  One of my favorite fashion blogs to check out is Atlantic-Pacific.  When I came across this post I immediately fell in love with this sweatshirt from Zoe Karssen.  I also noticed it was a whooping $160. That’s when the famous words hit me: “I Can Make That” 

After searching though retail websites, I could not pass up on finding a similar grey light sweatshirt on You get 2 sweatshirts for 10 dollars. FIVE BUCKS A SHIRT and .97 CENTS TO SHIP TO HOME! What a steal!

The most inexpensive letters I found were at Joann Fabrics.  There were various sites that offered a promo code for either 15% off the entire purchase or 40% off a single item. You can find them by simply searching for “Joann Fabrics Promo Codes” in any search engine. I got 2 packs of letters, used the promo code and thankfully a gift card I received for my birthday 🙂

I cut each letter and placed it on the shirt before ironing on, then I followed the instructions on the package.

The letters have stayed on through multiple washes and it came out great! Here is my final “Creme De La Cheap” DIY version.  Have you ever made knock off versions of clothing?  What are your style inspirations?

Cheers – J

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