So, really should have taken a 'before' and 'after' photo. So, the frame was the khaki colour all over - no hint of blue! - as was the grid and the hearts; and the hearts were strung up with bits of string.
I painted it all blue. Put a layer of crackle glaze on the front of the frame and on the front of the hearts. Then a layer of cream on top. I left the edges of the hearts blue. Then a brown ink pad to age the edges, and finished with some pretty ribbon :)