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Picture Frame Makeover

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Let’s spice life up a bit, with some new picture frames. Well they won’t necessarily be new, but they will look new and no one has to know that they’re just your old frames in disguise. Just like we remodel our homes, sometimes we also need to remodel our frames. So today I’ll be showing you a very cheap and easy way to give your frames a completely different look. It’s very simple and cheap, so why not?

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You can tackle this project with your old frames, OR if you’re looking for some wall decor ideas and like this look and don’t have any frames then head to a thrift store or a store like ROSS (got this frame shown for $11.99).  In this post, I will be using a multi-picture frame, but this can be done with any frame.

When I say this project is simple, I mean it because you only need 1 piece of material which is spray paint. I decided to go with a pink champagne mist color because this frame was for a girls room, and also because it reminds me of rose gold. But I would like to mention if your frames are wooden or metal you might want to do some light sanding to remove polish or rust.

 

Step 1: Prepare the product, remove the back shield and the glass so that you will only be left with a naked frame. If for any reason the glass from your frame is not removable, then protect the glass from both sides with paper and tape.

Step 2: It all depends on the material of your frame, but some sanding might be necessary. The frame I used was almost plastic like, so I got away with no sanding, but if you have a wood or metal frame use a very fine grade and sand lightly.

Step 3: Removal all dust and debris from the frame, in my case I just had to wipe off the fingerprints

Step 4: Shake! Shake! Shake! Get that paint nice and ready, start with a light coat on the borders and then move up to the top of the frame. Wait until the paint dries and continue again from the boards up until you get color and coverage you desire.

Step 5: Prep the pictures: I did this step while waiting for the paint to dry between coats. This is my favorite part because there are so many opinions. The only thing you need to be careful of is when printing your pictures make sure the size is correct. When using Word for pictures off Google, there is an option for customized sizing and you can just put in the size that fits into your frame. I would even size it couple centimeters more because we all know that we can’t cut straight. But if you decide to keep the original pictures or use already printed pictures, skip this step.

Another important tip when choosing your pictures, check which direction the picture falls (vertical, or horizontal). I         would even count beforehand how many vertical and how many horizontal you need along with the size. This is especially important for multi picture frames like the one I used because the pictures are all different sizes and fall in different directions

The great thing is that if you’re cheap and like to take advantage of your tax money, print your pictures at the library. That way you can change up your pictures all you want and save your ink from home.

Step 6: Assemble your frame, Start with placing your glass or plastic cover and then lining the picture. I sometimes use tape to stabilize the picture, and it works great. Cover with back shield, hang on the wall and you’re set!

Please share your frames if you used this technique, and also comment with any questions or comments! Thanks for visiting.

 

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30 Comments

  1. Tara Pittman

    November 11, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    I love this! This would be great for my kids pictures.

  2. Teresa Kunberger

    November 12, 2016 at 3:26 am

    Oh I love this! I am redoing a few rooms (one by one) and this is a great idea! thanks!

  3. Amber Myers

    November 13, 2016 at 1:50 am

    This is fantastic! I need to do this.

  4. Andrea

    November 13, 2016 at 3:18 am

    It turned out beautiful! Love it!

  5. Melanie Smith

    November 13, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    What a lovely idea!! I will do it for my bedroom decoration <3

  6. Echo

    November 14, 2016 at 3:33 am

    This is such a cute idea! I have a few of these laying around! You have inspired me!

  7. Jennifer

    November 14, 2016 at 5:23 am

    I love your photograph frame idea. I would love to do this with photos of my family!

  8. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    November 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    The idea of giving the usual picture frame a makeover is awesome. I will definitely try this.

  9. Enricoh Alfonzo

    November 14, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    This is such an awesome picture fram makeover. I love it. my mom has mad love for picture frames and storing memories so she’ll dig this

  10. Amanda

    November 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Such a great idea! Love it!

  11. Katrina Jean Carter

    November 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    Great DIY idea! Even better because it’s affordable and fun to make. I love how you made collated photos of the same color scheme and used inspirational messages and not necessarily photos of people. Awesome!

  12. Julie

    November 15, 2016 at 12:10 am

    What a great way to change things up inexpensively!

  13. Mihaela Echols

    November 15, 2016 at 12:31 am

    I love doing crafts! Its therapeutic for me. This looks like a really good Christmas or house warming gift to give.

  14. Amanda McNeil

    November 15, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Love this so much! It turned out great! (Although my handwriting would ruin the project)

  15. Jenni Petrey

    November 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I love this, am going to try this at some stage!

  16. Jimmy and Tina

    November 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Pretty picture frame and the steps look pretty easy. Would like to see the before and after.

  17. Kimberly Lewis

    November 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I love this!

  18. Laura

    November 15, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Some pictures with the steps would be handy. The finished product looks nice.

  19. Erin @ Stay at Home Yogi

    November 15, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    This turned out great!

  20. Imaobong

    November 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Wow, looks really neat!

  21. CourtneyLynne

    November 16, 2016 at 12:16 am

    Omg I just love how this turned out!!!! So fab!!!

  22. Hey Sharonoox

    November 16, 2016 at 1:03 am

    I love this idea! I like how it turned out.

  23. Jessie K

    November 16, 2016 at 4:28 am

    This is so cute! Love how the color palette of the photos and the frame match so nicely.

  24. Glenda

    November 16, 2016 at 6:21 am

    WOw looks amazing! I wish I had the time to make one for my home 🙂

  25. Claudette Esterine

    November 16, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you for this guide! I will most certainly bookmark for future reference.

  26. Rain

    November 16, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    PRETTY COOL. i would love to have seen the before pic.

  27. Marielle Altenor

    November 17, 2016 at 7:47 am

    The pink champagne mist paint color was an excellent choice. It gives it a very chic look. Love it!

  28. Carol Cassara

    November 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    That’s a lovely makeover. I can imagine filling it with memories and some with the quotes that I love. At least that’s how I would fill it up.

  29. Elizabeth O.

    November 18, 2016 at 3:50 am

    Oh this is just beautiful! I love remodeling, because it usually results to something like this! I’m sure my daughters would like something like this in their room!

  30. R U S S

    November 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I love love love what you did! I so need to do this – I just need extra time for it. This is going to look lovely in my room or in my living room for my travel wall!

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