Over the weekend I went to a thrift store in my city and bought a little bag of old photo frames and other little things someone had hanging on their wall for $1.99. I saw this frame and decided to paint it and update the photo inside of it, to do this yourself you will need:
- An old picture frame
- Acrylic paint
- Topcoat (optional)
- A new picture to put inside it
- A pencil
- Old newspaper (to protect your workspace)
1) Lay down newspaper on your workspace to keep it clean
2) Take off the back of the picture frame, take out the picture and the glass that covers it
3) Use your acrylic paint to cover the frame in what ever colour you choose (I had to do three thin coats to cover mine completely)
4) While the paint is drying, find the image you want to put in your frame. It could be an actual photograph, a magazine clipping, a piece of fabric, flowers, or anything else you might want to hang on your wall. Place the glass cover over the image you want to frame. Use a pencil to lightly outline the glass, then use your scissors to cut it out.
5) When the paint on your frame is dry, you might want to use a topcoat to either give a satin (shiny) or a matte (dull) effect to your frame. You don’t have to by any means, I used the only one I could find in my house, it was supposed to be a matte topcoat but still came out shiny (go figure). If you do use a topcoat make sure the coloured paint you used is totally dry. If it’s still a bit wet, your colour will move around and the original colour of the frame will show (learned that from experience).
6) When everything is dry, put your image behind the glass cover and place it in the frame. Put it down on the table and put the back of the frame back on. Ta-da! You’re done!
*By the way, yes, that is Ryan Gosling in my finished frame.
If you try this out for yourself please let me know how it goes! Or if I’ve missed any of the instructions tell me and I can fix that right away. If you’ve enjoyed this DIY and want more I can definitely do more for you!