Friday, December 17, 2010

Cheap Photo Frame Make-Over


It’s not a very exciting frame, but at $3.00 apiece, they were affordable.  I just wasn’t happy with the prospect of hanging these washed-out looking oak-ish frames on my walls.


This deep red paint made me nervous.  But with only $3.00 invested in the frame, I went for it.  I used a sponge to apply the paint and worked it into the wood like lotion.  It was a very thin coat and not too perfect.


Yes, I know that adding the black looks frightening.  Just trust me on this one.  Add just a few streaks of black here and there.  I used some old denim material salvaged from some old jeans.  Makes clean-up super easy!


Another, larger piece of denim worked well to add a thin coat of red right over the top of the black streaks. 

It took about ten minutes per frame, start to finish.

And yes, that’s a coffee lid that I’m using as a paint tray.  It works.


I like the seasoned look this process gave the frames.


I love the way these frames look on the wall!




  1. The colour really works with the tones in your photos - they look beautiful!


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