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say it with Spraypaint | 1 2 3
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Need more inspiration? Check out the four frame projects featured in the sidebars to the right, and on page 3. The total cost of the materials for all four frames was less than thirty dollars. The frames were two dollars each, and I bought several cans of paint to create different finishes, but I still have TONS of each color left. (The other great thing is that spray paint stores easy for a small apartment dweller like me; a cardboard box under the sink is all I need, and it never leaks or dries up.) And each frame took less than thirty minutes to complete.

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Cheap, clean, and quick, the new spray paints are easy to use, and everyone will think youíre Martha Stewart. Theyíll never know that all it took was 10 minutes in your backyard and an index finger.

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Gretchen Schaefer brakes for furniture roadkill on the streets of Bangor, Maine. She is a photographer, writer, and is (finally!) completing her bachelorís degree at the University of Maine.

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Bronze picture frame: For a monochromatic look, I painted both the easel back and frame with a bronze metallic paint.


Blue postcard frame:
This antique postcard of a local landmark isn't a standard print size. To frame it, I sprayed the cardboard easel back with chalkboard paint, and the wooden frame was painted with metallic cobalt.


Silver chalkboard: The frame was painted silver, and the glass was primed and painted with chalkboard paint. Donít be surprised when it doesnít look like a chalkboard immediately. The paint doesnít look like chalkboard until you activate by rubbing chalk over the entire surface, and then wiping it clean with a paper towel or felt eraser.

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