Dated painting frame


I want to hang a framed painting that have a very personal and emotional value to me but the frame is GOLD metal color. How can I update the frame since it is a very good frame preserving the painting and the painting as well.


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  • Nan W. Nan W. on Oct 20, 2018

    Maybe this video will help! HAVE FUN!

    • BPGiTo BPGiTo on Oct 20, 2018

      Thank you so much but, mine doesn’t have a glass 😩 I forgot to mention that.

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Oct 20, 2018

    Hi, BPGi, I have changed many frames before by just spraying them with Krylon sprays. They make all manner of sprays, in great colors too. Just remove the painting from the frame, spray the frame, then put the painting back in the frame. Easy.

    • BPGiTo BPGiTo on Oct 20, 2018

      Thank you so much!

      i would like to find and idea without removing the painting since it was professionally framed.

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Oct 20, 2018

    Hi again, BPGi, I found an article (with pictures) for you but it is referring to painting a frame around a mirror. However, I think you could use the same method to paint a frame round a painting. I presume your painting is an oil as you say there is no glass over it. But oil or acrylic would need the same treatment, I am sure. The answer seems to be to use Painter's Tape (try 3M or Frog Tape) and be careful to leave a small gap and not get any onto the painting itself. Then prep. the frame and paint it. (They suggest using a spray paint, but I think you might better guide the flow if you used a liquid paint. You would need advice from the paint store). Remove the tape by lifting it up and pulling it very carefully away from the frame. Be sure to remove the tape before the frame dries. I have made this mistake and wouldn't want the paint to come off of your painting like it did my walls when I painted my cabinets. Otherwise, I think it should be OK. Of course if it a valuable painting you would be advised to go back to the experts and get it done professionally.

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Oct 20, 2018

    Ooops! I forgot to attach the article. I hope you will find it useful.

    • BPGiTo BPGiTo on Oct 20, 2018

      Thank you so much Sally!!! I really appreciate your help.

      I see you mentioned that you painted your cabinets, this is a project that it has been rounding my mind as well as my brick fireplace.

      Would you mind to share a video or any tips in your experience?

      Thank you so much! I love this website. Kudos to all the people that are always in the best disposition to give great advices.

  • Sally Alter Sally Alter on Oct 20, 2018

    Hi again, BPGi,so happy that you liked the website. Re: cabinets. It is a long job - phew! but worth it. I did it on my own over 16 days, a couple of hours a day. There are two common ways to paint them: latex or oil paint which needs a lot of prep. sanding and priming and 3 topcoats. I did the trendy job with milk paint. (Chalk paint is very popular just now also but is very flat). I bought General Finishes milk paint in Seagull Gray. It needs no sanding or priming and has a slight sheen.

    This is my method:

    1.Clean the cabinets with Krud Kutter. 2.Remove doors and hardware. 3.label all doors with Painter's tape. 4.Fill holes if you are repositioning handles/knobs .5.Lay cabinet doors out (I put them on books). put on 3 coats of paint. Dries in 30mins. 6.Paint the drawers and cabinet boxes. 7.Put back the hinges. 8.Then put the doors up again. 9. Put up handles/knobs. I spray painted my hinges, but bought new hardware (Amazon).That's basically it. You can add a top coat if you like, but it is not necessary. They recommend using sponge brushes but I found them very time consuming, so used a chalk paint brush - worked in half the time, no brush marks.

    Oh, I do hope you have a go at this project. As for the brick fireplace - PASS.

    All the best. Sally

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