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Monday, March 22, 2010

DIY Black Frames Makeover

No sewing recently, but I did get all my picture frames- 25 of them - painted black. Instead of buying all new matching frames, I just spray painted the old, wooden ones then finished them with a clear-coat sealer. I haven't hung them yet except for two in my bedroom, but they turned out great!

This picture shows the "before" oak frame and the "after" black frames.

I'd recommend using a good quality spray paint.  The Rustoleum 2x costs about $4/can and I needed 2 cans for 25 frames.  It covered so much nicer than the cheaper spray paint.  We had the paint and clear sealer on hand, so this project was free to me, but works out to pennies per frame if you purchase new paint & sealer.  If you prefer a matte finish, skip the sealer.  I did seal them because I think the gloss finish hides imperfections and makes them easier to dust.
DIY How-To:
Remove the glass from your frames, dust them off, then lay out on painters plastic or other protected surface.  Spray a light layer of paint; let dry & repeat.  I did this outside in the sun, so they dried in about an hour.  Finish with a clear coat; let dry for a few hours.  Replace your glass & hang your new beauty on your wall.  Cheap and quick results!

Linking with these fabulous blog parties:
Creative Jewish: Mom's Craft Schooling Sunday
Treasures for Tots: Thursday's Treasures
Fingerprints on the Fridge: Feature Yourself Friday 
Simply Sweet Home: Friday Favorites
My Frugal Family: Talented Tuesday

3 comments:

creativejewishmom.com said...

wow, 25 frames ready to use? inspiring! thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again next week! all the best, Sara

Becky said...

You are so smart! I love black picture frames. Haven't purchased anything else for years!

Jerri said...

Great idea! I know you saved a lot of money!

Thanks for linking up at Friday Favorites. Hope to see you again this week!