Asked on Jun 03, 2017

How to tone down an ornate gold picture frame?

Marilyn Mead
by Marilyn Mead
Hi, any ideas on how I can tone down a an ornate oil painting frame; it is a large seascape. We need it to be more casual or a little more rustic.

  5 answers
  • Tle18434179 Tle18434179 on Jun 03, 2017

    If you like the shabby chic or distressed can lightly wipe down the frame with Linseed oil to remove the finish and paint to the look you like.

  • Michele Pappagallo Michele Pappagallo on Jun 03, 2017

    I would dry brush it with a little white paint. That will give it a more casual look. Let a little of the gold show through, and sand off any raised areas for a nice rustic look.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jun 03, 2017

    You could always sand it down a bit and paint it with color(s) that match your decor. Or remove the picture and insert a mirror instead. Hope this helps. Good luck.

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jun 03, 2017

    You can paint with chalk paint, as well, which adheres well and distresses well.

  • Lora Lora on Jun 03, 2017

    I have used a dark brown or black glaze and rubbed it on a similar frame. Toned it down nicely.