Trash to Treasure–The Ralph Lauren Editon

Hold on, now, I KNOW what you’re thinking. What does Ralph Lauren have to do with Trash to Treasure projects?

Well…apparently my new boyfriend Ralph can transform more than just a girl with no fashion sense.

Meet my new love. We went on our first date today. It was a blind date, set up by the
Shanty 2 Chic sisters.


Cute, huh? This is “FAUX TECHNIQUE GLAZE” tinted to the “Smoke” color that the sisters use on LOTS of beautiful projects.

Ralph is NOT a cheap date. He set me back $15, bu this quart should last for a VERY LONG TIME.

I have been dying to try this famous glaze, and the wheels have been a turnin’ for an excuse, I mean a project idea. I love the look of aged metal finishes, so I decided to see if Ralph could help me out.

I bought one of those raw wood craft frames at Joann’s, then promptly forgot to take a BEFORE picture.

I painted the frame with some silver spray paint that I had on hand.


I sanded it down with a sanding block, then dipped my paintbrush in the glaze and painted it on.

Then I wiped it off with an old orphaned sock.

Here’s what I got. Galvanized metal? Tarnished silver? A good idea gone bad?

I actually love it. (the picture doesn’t do it justice, honest) You could try this finish on a thrift store frame too. What do you think?

Link up those Trash to Treasure projects!

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22 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure–The Ralph Lauren Editon

  1. Love, love, love this and the Shanty sisters. I just spent the afternoon ignoring my children and reading their entire blog. I am so enamored with them and every one of their projects. I guess I am on the right track if you are too.

    BTW, I will be purchasing some of this on my next trip to The Depot. ;0)

  2. I think that the finish turned out great! Now I’m thinking of all the things I can paint in that manner (bathroom vanity)? Would that be too far out?

    I also want to invite you to enter my giveaway to win an autographed Christopher Lowell “Seven Layers of Design”. I hope you don’t mind my mentioning it here, but I would sure like you to sign up!

  3. That was odd, I hit enter and my entry dropped down to a previous linky. LOL That smoke glaze is so neat, every time I go to their blog I think I need to try it.

  4. Hey – I just found you, glad I did. I’ll have to try that glaze myself, I’ve seen so much about it.

    And that #37 is supposed to be Custom Table Redo, not doM, no doom here!

  5. Kim, I am so with you! Those Shanty Sisters have me dying for some Ralph smoke myself. Been too cheap to invest so far, but it’s only time! Love what it did to your frame!

  6. Great idea to use this on picture frames. I just made a photo frame wall. maybe the glaze will make an appearance. I used our buddy, Ralph’s Tea Stain glaze on our kitchen cabinets. Easy to apply with awesome results.

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