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Tiny Dancers

In our attempt to acquire every Carlo of Hollywood watercolor on the face of the Earth we came across these two smaller ballerina pieces. I really liked the tealish green around the upper edge of the art work and it gave me an idea on refinishing the frame.

The finish on the frames was worn and chipping off.

One of the frames had separated at the seams. The first step was to get some wood glue and put tape on the underside of the seam and fill the gap with glue and let sit overnight.

Whats the pink/purple stuff you might say! It is one of my trusty repair tools…..spackle! I use it to fill in the seams that still have gaps after the glue dries. This spackle turns white to indicate it is dry.

Just a dab is all you need.

Once you pack the spackle into the crack use a damp cloth to wipe off the excess.

Here one of the frames is painted drying. The other frame has spackiling that is hardening up in the sun.

And here it is. As you can see the seams of the frame are undetectable and with the accent of color on the edge of the frame it ties it all together.

I think they really pop now!

Every time I hang one of these re-finished Carlo’s I just fall in love with his talent as an artist and just want to find more pieces.

5 responses »

  1. I’ve been so inspired watching all your frame transformations. This weekend we went hunting for furniture and accessories for our new house and I made a concerted effort to always look at art on the walls, hoping for great pieces or at least great frames to add to our collection… but I’m convinced people in the midwest wanted much more boring art back in the day. Alas!


    • Hepcat Restorations

      Hey Tasha,

      Thanks for your support. Congrats on your new home too! It can be hard to find good art but just keep searching Craigslist, Ebay and Etsy and you will find some good pieces. The only killer can be shipping. A lot of people don’t know this but Greyhound bus-lines ships items. Melody and I have had numerous items shipped from the east coast and they always arrive intact. Good luck!


  2. Another beautiful restoration! Ballet dancers were so big in the 50’s. I grew up with a pair of vintage ballerina prints in gilt frames in my room that once had belonged to my great-grandmother. I used to hate them, but ever since I started getting into mid century decor, I’ve found a new found love for them. I was able to find two other matching prints on Ebay, making a complete set. 🙂


    • Hepcat Restorations

      Thanks for your positive feedback! I know what you mean, when I was young I use to spend a lot of time with my Grandma and she had the decor I am into now but I sure thought it was ugly then. It is funny how time changes things. Congrats on getting the other pieces to your set!


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