My advice in yesterday’s post was to work less and play more. I took my own advice this weekend and tackled an art project for our seaside guest bedroom. I bought this frame from Goodwill about a year ago with the intention of giving it a new life. The frame measures approximately 4 inches by 7 inches. It was $3.99 plus it was coincidentally green tag day so I scored it for half off. For two bucks I really had nothing to lose. Heck, I can’t even buy a cup of coffee for that price. My plan was to paint the frame and make a new piece of artwork for it. This weekend seemed like the perfect time to tackle this fun, easy little project. Fun and productive all at the same time…I love it! thrifting at goodwill

The first thing I started with was the actual piece of artwork. I was trying to capture the blue and greens already in the room. I knew I wanted something simple and abstract since the rest of the room is fairly traditional in nature. I wanted a piece that didn’t look too serious. I did a simple wash of watercolors and called it good. Next up was painting the frame. I used two different colors of chalk paint. I used a dry brush technique as the top coat. I went back and added a subtle wash of gold in certain areas using my favorite “pot of gold”. If you want to learn how to use chalk paint or learn about my favorite pot of gold, check out this post. 

Painting on Labor Day by RevivingCharm_com

Here is what I thought would be the finished piece. I like the artwork and the frame with its new antique look. I didn’t like the stark white look of the exposed watercolor paper. I hung it on the wall and it just didn’t feel right…something was missing.

Then it dawned on me…a matt would have been nice. It would help make this piece fit into the room so much nicer. I decided to make my own matt from a piece of linen from my fabric stash. I turned out that this is just what the little painting needed.

watercolor art by RevivingCharm_com

So there you have it…my little weekend art project completed. I was able to spend a bit of free time doing something fun and creative while checking off a project from the “to do” list. I couldn’t be happier…


I work as high level executive in a management position. I work in a very faced paced environment where multitasking anywhere from 10-20 demanding projects at any one time is the norm. I also help oversee a staff of almost 20. Sometimes there are long hours (12-15 hour days) and on very rare occasion I might work from home. Needless to say, I work hard.  I realize that my job is one that isn’t for everyone but I do love my job and I respect the organization. I love the collaboration and diversity of projects that I work on. Plus, I get to meet a lot of interesting people and be part of many interesting things. The job is rewarding. We might have a lot going on in the office but we also try to have fun in the process. There is never a dull moment!

I also have many interests and hobbies and wish I had more time to enjoy them all. I am convinced that I will never be bored in retirement although retirement is still far off for me and the number of years I have left to work is still in double digits. In the meantime, I will enjoy this extra day off that the Labor Day holiday affords me. You should, too! I hope your day involves working less and playing more….whatever that may mean for you.

If anyone needs me today you can find me at the mall. I will be out shopping to take advantage of all the sales…

Happy holiday Monday. xoxo, V.

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