Every Thrifting, Garage Sale, or Flea Market blog or list of tips for them says to buy picture frames any time they're available. But they don't tell you what to do with them! I found the cutest Cafe' Latte picture at a garage sale for 50 cents, but it didn't have a frame! However, I have a large collection of frames.
Time: 2 HoursCost: $4Difficulty: Easy
After digging through my stash of picture frames, I found one that fit perfectly but did nothing to enhance the picture. It was an oak picture frame with non-glare glass from the 1980's. I decided to strip that frame and then paint it in a coordinating color.
First, I laid out plastic bags to cover my workspace. Then I used another grocery bag to coat the frame in Citristrip. ***Note*** If you do this using grocery bags, be sure to turn them inside out or use the blank sides, as the ink will run!
Once the whole frame was generously coated, I wrapped it in plastic bags and let it sit for over an hour. This kept the Citristrip from drying out and let it penetrate the finish on the frame.
Next, I wiped the frame clean with paper towels. I let it sit until I had time to paint it the next day. This allowed the frame time to dry thoroughly.
Then, I gathered my materials to paint the frame. I had a sample of Chipotle Paste by Behr, and decided it would complement the color of the picture perfectly. I decided to do a wash, rather than paint full coverage of the frame. This allowed the wood grain to show through. In addition, I could always paint over the wash if I didn't like the way it turned out.
I don't have an exact mix for the wash, but basically I used a 1:1 ratio of paint and water. I put paint in one dip in the palette, then water in another one. I then dipped the brush in paint on one side, and water on the other. I applied the water side to the frame first, then went back over it with the paint side. I kept a wet edge, and kept alternating paint and water until I was satisfied with the result. Since I was painting raw wood, it didn't take long for the frame to dry. I let it sit about 20 minutes, but it probably didn't even need that long.
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