Watercolor Pictures


When I saw these watercolor prints at a garage sale I knew I had to have them. They hung on my kitchen wall for a few years and started to look tired. It was time to update them with a French twist. So I painted the oak frames with Florence Chalk Paint. Then I added some Old White Chalk Paint to enhance the crevices of the frames and give it a bit more character. Next I used clear paste wax to give them a beautiful shine. I love the updated frames, so now it’s time to spiff up the prints with a Frenchy flair. So I popped the watercolors out of the frames and scanned them into my computer after brightening up the pictures. I added the French words Jardin and Fleurs (Garden - Flowers). I wanted the prints to stand out in the frames so I printed them bigger. Then I placed them back into my newly painted chalk frames. Magically the watering can prints are now French…..ooh la la!  A frenchy goodness finished project.






The French prints would also look great on tea towels. 


Enjoy!

I'm so happy to report my power is back on. Ya! 
I'm off to tackle the laundry :)
Thanks for stopping by!
XO,
Dee



26 comments:

Laurie said...

they are lovely prints and now the frames make them just pop!

Gail said...

YAY for you Dee! I'm so happy that things are getting back to normal for you. I know you are going to enjoy doing your laundry...LOL!!

Barbara F. said...

I am so HAPPY to hear your power is back on!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!! Nice job on the frames, too. xo

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These look so pretty with the blue frames, Dee! Much more fitting than the oak look that they were. Glad to hear you got your power back on. My brother and sister on Long Island are still without!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Those look so pretty Dee! Glad to hear your powers back!

Gina said...

Those are such pretty prints! What a great update!

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

great color choice for the frames

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I was just thinking about you today...Yea, so glad the power is back on, isn't that a marvelous invention??? Love your prints!

Carol

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Dee, What a great idea! You are a clever one! I will have to think outside of the "frame" a little more. I love these darling pictures!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Dee, I know you are so glad to have power again. The watercolors are really cute and I love the color you painted them.

Ron said...

I know you are relieved that the power is ON. Nice pics too.

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Dee,
You did a great job on those two frames and also the updated flowers with the French wording.
But the best news is that the power is back on!
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Woo-Hoo! You have power! My goodness you're a trooper! The watercolors are gorgeous! I love the frames! Florence is a pretty color. I also appreciate the graphics! Thanks for sharing these!

Little Miss Maggie said...

So glad the power is back on. Nice re-do on the water colors and the frames. Love the French typography.

New End Studio said...

Laundry was never so appealing before! Glad you are back on the circuit, about time ♥

I like the way you updated those frames and pictures!

Infuse With Liz said...

Well they turned out great! Nice color choice too!

Bliss said...

I agree, painting frames changes the whole look of what's in it.

Bliss

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm so glad to hear that your power is back on. Take care my friend! And thanks for the craft ideas. I have never used the chalk paint but everyone loves it!

Connie said...

Hi Dee, Fresh and pretty re-do.
I love the new look and color on the frames.

In regard to the comment you left:
I have had my furniture moved around in so many different ways. I'm always changing things up, and we have lived here almost 30 years. If you will notice the coffee table has a glass top and inside is a display of family heirlooms. Most of which came out of the big trunk. Mostly things that belonged to my husband's grandma, and his dad. We have old hat pins, coins, jewelry, shoe button hooks, depression tokens, pocket knifes, even a very old Coke-a-Cola purse mirror. It is our mini family museum, LOL. I like your ideas, that might be my next rearrangement.

Thanks for visiting, I really enjoy your company :)
Your blogging sis, Connie

Camellia Jhonson said...

Amazing idea to craft upon, the collection is too good, and worth trying, the use of the chalk powder is too perfect.
Just Love your idea.
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Cynthia said...

Dee,

I am glad things are getting back to normal for you. It has been a long haul for us too. We just all our stuff back too. The nights were long, dark and cold.

Love the prints and the frames.

Cynthia

Jeanne said...

Thank you for those nice close up's at the end. I just love them! It's so fun to see your space evolve. I feel like your neighbor!

Vanessa said...

Hi, Dee

These turned out great and love this color!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

What a smart way to revamp your prints--I love the garden motifs, the bright colors in the frames and the lovely French lettering you chose to use! Thank you for stopping by my blog--glad you enjoyed the chalkboard tv cover.

Linda Leyble said...

Hi Dee! I saw a comment you made on another blog and it remnded me that I have to visit you again. What a great idea - the prints look so much more stately and expensive and, of course...French! Great idea.

I love that woodworking tool too for transferring. I have to look into that. Anything that makes life (and art) easier - is a must in my book.

I have a new blog design and a new blog name - so I hope you will come visit me again. My blog used to be Studio of Decorative Arts. It now here...

http://www.thecolorfulbee.com

Linda

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Those frames look great. I was wondering how the chalk paint would do on some of my old frames. Nice job. So glad thinks are looking up for you in NJ :)

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