Painted Frames


Do you have any beat up, outdated or vintage picture frames lying around your house? Give them a colorful makeover!

If you’ve been to Hobby Lobby lately, you’ve seen adorable painted frames all over the store.  You can do this yourself by upcycyling old frames!  Very easy, and inexpensive.

My Mom let me sift through a box of old frames she’s been saving for years.  I found many that had a cute shape or design, but they were beat up.  I bought some acrylic paint and had a great time painting and embellishing them.  I actually sold several of them in an online garage sale!  I neglected to take pictures of all of them, but here are a few.


In some cases, I used cute scrapbook paper to make it cuter.  Call it merchandising.  Or, it could be used as a matte for behind a photo.  I already had the flowers and ribbon that I used to embellish the frames.  (In some cases, the embellishment is covering a flaw in the frame.)  I prefer to paint with a brush, but you could also work outside with spray paint.  Place the frame inside of a box, and you’ll catch some of the overspray.
If you don’t have any old frames lying around, check garage sales or thrift stores for great deals.  Just remember that frames with fun shapes or designs will turn out the best!  If the frame is black or plastic to begin with, you may need a coat of primer (or just white paint) first.  Your best bet will be wood or metal frames.  The paint will apply much better.  You might consider sealing it with a spray sealant (sold in the same section as spray paint).
Here are a few more samples that I found online.  The possibilities are endless!


Start frame hunting, and have fun!
August 21, 2014
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