Revive an Old Picture and Cross, both found at a thrift store. A wine country picture was used as a backdrop to this cross with angel wings. Do you love Trash to Treasure Projects like I do? This was a combination of two lost items found at the thrift store. An old picture and an old cross. Keep reading for the supplies I used and the steps I used to get to the finished project.
Brainstorming and Inspiration
The Chalk Couture Wing transfer was my main inspiration. It fit perfectly on this picture board. But it looked lonely all by itself. I have always loved how a cross looks with angel wings behind it. So these two came together like chocolate and peanut butter. You can also use a ready made canvas instead of a board as long as your cross isn’t too heavy.
Reviving the Cross
The cross was beautiful already, but it didn’t look good with my decoupage paper and especially the gold shimmer chalk paste I had on hand to use for the angel wings. So I dry brushed some gold metallic paint on the cross to bring it all together.
New Background for “Revive an Old Picture and Cross”
The wine country picture I found was on a wooden board hanging on an attached wooden rod with a rope. It was pretty, but not my style. It also was damaged at the bottom and peeling up. So Reviving an an Old Picture and Cross may also involve Repairing an Old Picture and Cross
Oops a Boo Boo
Oops, I made a boo boo. First I used Decoupage Queen rice paper in Natural Harlequin as my background. I absolutely loved it. Then I put the cross transfer on too high, so I had to think of another background. Crafters motto….stay calm and carry on.
How to Correct a Boo Boo
I didn’t have any more of the rice paper on hand. So my granddaughter, Lexi, helped me put wrinkled and crumpled tissue paper on the background with Mod Podge. There is no rhyme or reason when doing this. Personally, I like to use smaller pieces of paper and crumple and then apply. The more wrinkles the more texture. No need to worry about edges that overlap. We let it dry and then we painted it white.
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Then we antique waxed it with Valspar Antiquing Wax to bring out all the texture. Now it looks like an old vintage plastered wall. Sometimes mistakes force us to explore alternatives. (Click Here for an Amazon Affiliate Link for the Antiquing Wax.)
Adding the Angel Wings to Revive an Old Picture and Cross
Measure carefully for the placement of your cross and angel wings. (Don’t make my mistake…lol) After measuring, I used the CHALK COUTURE transfer for my angel wings. I used the shimmer gold chalk paste. There are many YouTube Videos that show how to use their products. Unlike stencils these are more like screen prints. You spread the paste on with a squeegee. Very easy to use.
Adding the Cross
I then glued the cross to the board on top of the angel wings. I used hot glue and e6000. Don’t mix the two glues, but place a different glue in different locations. Hot glue for immediate adhesion and e6000 for long term permanency.
In Conclusion, Don’t Forget the Back Side
For the backside, I used a pencil eraser to make the gold polka dots. The gold I used was PLAID LIQUID LEAF paint. To paint random dots, think of how dots on dice are situated and paint two and then one in between. No need for perfection. Most pictures would not need the back side done. But since the picture was damaged I needed to do some repairs. I also will be selling this so I wanted a professional look to my project. See below for a list of supplies.
I have refreshed other pictures before too. Here is a DOLLAR STORE picture I revived with designer inspired checks. Click here to see that post called “Dollar Store Picture To Designer Inspired”.
- Picture to revive (or a ready made canvas)
- Chalk Couture Angel Wings Transfer (or a stencil of your choice)
- Chalk Couture Gold Shimmer Paste
- Cross that fits the picture and angel wings
- Gold Metallic Acrylic Paint
- Decoupage paper or tissue paper for the background
- Antiquing Wax of your choice (I used Valspar. Click here for my affiliate link.)
- Hot glue and e6000 glue
- Pencil with Eraser
- Plaid Liquid Leaf Paint in Gold Classic (Click here for my affiliate link.)
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