D.I.Y. Two-Toned Picture Frame

So, a few months ago, I was shopping at Marc’s. I only ran in for one little thing (vanilla), but since I had extra time to kill while my oven at home was pre-heating, I began to meander the aisles. I stopped immediately when my eyes landed on a beautiful painting, priced at a reasonable, oh, $4.99. The frame was old and sort of outdated looking, but I was focused on the painting itself. I removed it from the frame and found a nice little spot for it in our home.

Fast forward many weeks when I stumbled upon said frame, collecting dust in my craft closet. Now, I had options. “Just throw it away,” the organization freak in me whispered. Then another voice piped up: “D.I.Y. it!” (No, I don’t have multiple personalities. Just being expressive for the sake of the story. Don’t worry.) But, that second thought was a good one… who even am I if I don’t utilize every opportunity for a craft?!?!

Whether it’s an old frame that just doesn’t match your style anymore, an old piece you pick up at a garage sale, or it is just time to make your space a little more unique, you can do it yourself. Today I will walk you through the steps of revamping an old picture frame into a cute, modern piece you will love to have in your home!

Let’s Get In Formation! (Our materials, that is.)

Gather These Items:

  • Frame (obviously)
  • Sandpaper and/or sanding sponge
  • Old rag or paper towels
  • Cardboard, newspaper, old sheet (anything to protect your work surface)
  • Primer (I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2x Primer Spray)
  • Two cans of spray paint; one color to be the majority of the frame, and one to be the accent! (More details/ideas at the end of this post. (I used Rustoleum Specialty Metallic in Silver and Rustoleum Satin in White)

Now We Can Begin!

  1. Carefully remove the photo/painting, matting, glass, and anything else you don’t want to be painted from the frame.

    My original frame in all it’s glory. All $4.99 worth of it.
  2. Next, prep your work station. I like to spray paint outdoors (where there is plenty of ventilation), but no matter where you choose, cover the area and any surrounding valuables. Spray paint travels farther than one would think, even if you are meticulously careful.
  3. Sand down the frame. You don’t have to remove all of the paint, but be sure to at least get rid of any shiny varnish or metallic sheen. Use a wet rag to remove the dust and clean the frame before painting.

    Don’t mind the dead grass. Took these photos during the hottest days of the summer!
  4. Lay down the frame on your prepared work area, and, using your spray primer, coat the entire surface. Be sure to paint in each of the little nooks and crannies of the details, if applicable. This may take a few coats if you have a very intricate frame. Let dry according to directions on the paint can.
  5. Spray paint your frame with the accent color of your choosing. In my case, I picked silver. Again, let the paint dry. Patience, my friends!5
  6. This is the last time for spray paint, I promise! Now, you will cover your entire frame with the main color that you chose. (Mine was white, with a nice satin finish.) It doesn’t hurt to go a little lighter with this coat, especially if you want your secondary color to show through more. Just depends on the look you want to achieve. Let this last coat dry fully.6
  7. Finally, you are going to sand your frame one more time, but go about it deliberately and carefully. Start sanding paint slowly to reveal your accent color underneath! I wanted just a touch of silver to show through to give my frame some dimension, so sanded very softly only on the raised details. Feel free to experiment with texture and pressure while sanding! Be careful, but remember: if you remove too much paint, you can always add another coat and restart the process! It wouldn’t be the end of the world. 🙂
  8. Use a wet rag once more to clean up the dust residue from this last round of sanding.
  9. Add all the pieces back into your frame, hang your “new” piece, and admire your crafty work!10

“Stuck” brainstorming ideas for your own two-toned picture frame?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • White frame with gold accent. Classy and modern.
  • A gray frame with silver glitter underneath would add a pop of pizazz!
  • Light blue accents would make a taupe frame look perfectly beachy.
  • Try a dark brown frame with a chestnut accent for a home-y, classic vibe.
  • Make a little girly-girl, oh, so happy with a white and pink frame…
  • …or, if she is more of a diva, try black and pink!
  • Navy blue and red would look great in a simple boys room!
  • Try your favorite sports team’s colors for a basement rec room!

Getting inspired? Let me know what color scheme you come up with for your project! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

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