Upcycling and buying second-hand doesn’t necessarily mean shabby and rustic. You can easily update used furniture with clean lines and bold colors to give a modern twist. These ‘paint-dipped’ picture frames are unloved thrift store finds that were destined for the trash! You can save a set for yourself with this tutorial.
I’ve used images from old books to fill my frames. Whilst you’re picking up some frames grab a book or two to find some original art for your walls. Alternatively use the original images if you like them or replace them with magazines cuttings, postcards or greetings cards. Anything you like!
Materials you’ll need to paint pictures frames:
- Cheap, second-hand picture frames
- Masking tape
- Paint brush
Painting pictures frames: Step by Step Guide
Step 1: Add tape
Run masking tape around the frame close to the middle. It doesn’t need to be exact. In fact, I think it looks a bit better a little under the center. Measure the same distance on each of the frames to get a consistent look.
Step 2: Seal by pressing
Make sure you press it into the crevices of the frame. Use your fingers to make sure it’s sealed all the way around. This will give you a straight clean line so that you get the dipped look.
Step 3: First layer of paint
Once the masking tape is in place start painting a thick layer of paint over the glass and frame. Brush the strokes in different directions to make the paint look smoother and dab it into any ornate detailing. Make sure you cover the sides and back as well.
Step 3: Add the second coat
Wait until it’s fully dry then paint a second coat over the top. Cover any gaps or obvious brush strokes. Leave to dry resting on a jar over scrap paper to catch any drips. Don’t leave it upside down in case the paint drips onto the clean side of the frame.
Step 4: Peel off the washi tape
When the paint is fully dry carefully and slowly peel off the masking tape. Touch up any sections where the paint is uneven. Hang the frames on a wall together as a set for maximum impact.
The best thing about this tutorial is that it brings the ugliest picture frames back to life. It works great on wood, plastic and metal frames. Plain, thick, thin, extravagant and ornate. To find the gaudiest frames you can and give them a quick and easy makeover with this DIY!