Last week I picked up this vintage rose painting off Marketplace, and I honestly didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. I loved the wood frame and the print but what I didn’t realize until after I paid and picked it up is that the picture, in fact, was not a painting. It was a print in terrible condition that was wavy and had water damage.
Having just spent thirty dollars, I still wanted to turn this into a win, so I decided to modge podge the entire print. The thing is, I couldn’t find modge podge or Elmer’s glue anywhere in town. Finally, I had the ‘great’ idea of varnishing the print to get the same matte effect.
I immediately got to work. I tossed the glass and took the nails out of the frame’s back so I could sand down the frame and bring out the beautiful wood tone. Sadly, the frame was made out of fir, which is very orange..so whitewashing needed to happen.
Next, I started working on the actual print. The picture came with a cardboard backing, so my idea was to varnish the cardboard and stick the print on the cardboard and push out all the wrinkles. I varnished the face of the print and waited impatiently for it to dry.
Sadly it didn’t work, and I was on my way to throw it in the trash. I decided to give it one last-ditch effort of sanding the print (yes, the actual picture) and YOU GUYS. This saved the picture and gave it that yummy distressed matte look I wanted. Also, I think sanding it helped remove most of the waviness.
The picture was actually in really good quality minus the waviness. It was pretty old so I’m unsure of how many homes or what environments it lived in.
I still can’t decide if I love it in this space or not. I do love the piece, just not sure if it does itself justice above our bed.
I highly recommend looking for a vintage rose painting in thrift stores and on marketplace, craigslist, kijiji etc!