Asked on Nov 21, 2015

Oak picture frames, shabby chic? Color?

I have all these oak frames that I would like to convert with some color/character to make a wall collage. A DIY project that is easy as I have no artsy bones in my body:( thanks in advance
  21 answers
  • Lorie Lorie on Nov 22, 2015
    Spray paint!
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  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 22, 2015
    Depending on your style one thing you can try is chalk painting them all white and overlapping them to create one piece by gluing them . But take out the glass just use the frames themselves
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Nov 22, 2015
    Just get you a can of spray paint, clean the frames well & let dry, scuff up the surface with some steel wool then spray on the paint. Ta-da you have new frames! If they have glass in them be sure to take the glass out before painting. Add photos of family & friends then hang together to make a gallery wall or you can use pretty paper for art.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 22, 2015
    Choosing your color will depend on where you are going to use them.You can also dress them up with decopauge should that be your style.
  • Janet Sackschewsky Janet Sackschewsky on Nov 22, 2015
    I too had a lot of frames, I spray painted them with white paint & didn't mind that it didn't cover completely. I had a big blank wall in my bedroom. I put them up , some insde each other & let the paint on the wall be the background. Oh i forgot to say that I used only the frames. Ï
  • Marilee H Marilee H on Nov 22, 2015
    If Shabby Chic is the style of the room you want them for, go for it. Colors - choose two, one white or off white, and one that's an accent color in your room. Paint the accent color first, any kind of paint, and it doesn't have to be perfect. When it's dry, paint your lighter color, dry and sand spots to see the first color through a little.
  • Sharrell Kilgore Sharrell Kilgore on Nov 23, 2015
    Spray paint is your friend! I don't care what color the frame is to start, I paint them black. Black frames look good on most wall colors and don't fade or yellow like white paint does. I have painted mine in flat black, satin, or high gloss...they still match and look very chic.
  • Diana Cromarty Diana Cromarty on Nov 24, 2015
    Spray paint for sure. However, if you want to place colour photos in each for a group hanging, I would consider painting all the frames in white for some 'pop' once on the wall. If on the other hand you want to place B&W photos in all, then black frames would be the way to go.
  • Lynn Lynn on Nov 24, 2015
    I like wrapping simple frames in (torn) strips of old fabric. Granny chic? Why, yes. Yes it is.
  • CK CK on Nov 24, 2015
    If you're looking for shabby chic, you can get great ideas if you go to the designer who actually started the craze: Rachel Ashwell. Her website will give you lots of ideas to get the look. There are other people (both DIYers and pros) who use a shabby look with other colors too. But if you're going for the 'original' she uses pale pink, pale blue, whites, and occasionally pale green. The color you use on these frames actually depends on the color scheme you're planning to use in your own room. The "how to" is pretty simple: Paint the frame in the color of your choice (flat not high gloss paint) then lightly sand off a few of the areas that are 'high points' edges, etc. You can use chalk paint or regular latex. I've used both and it works well for this type of project. how to hang them. Well, it always makes a bigger statement if you use them all in one place rather than spread them out over the room/walls. Google (or search here on HT) for 'gallery walls'. You'll find tons of ways to position your frames nicely on your wall space. The real trick is to play around with the positioning of them on the floor till you get something you like. Then put them on the wall. They don't have to be perfectly placed but usually I like to leave about the same width between the frames as the width of the frame(s) themselves. So for 3" wide frames, I'd leave about 3" between each frame. Have fun! With the shabby chic look, 'imperfect' is perfect :-)
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Nov 24, 2015
    If you want shabby chic, soft colors are the way to go as they are the very definition of that style. If you paint some a nice soft white and then choose any other color that works well in your space and do a softer version of it. (you can experiment by taking paint that you may already have on hand and adding a little white to it until you get the shade of that color that you want. You also don't have to worry about painting them perfectly because shabby chic is a rather forgiving style and if a little of your wood showed through here and there that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. The greatest thing about painting something is if you try it one way and don't like it, you can always start over until you get the look you want!
  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Nov 25, 2015
    I would also paint them white with spray paint and then find some stationary paper with pink roses and cut to use as the matting around your pictures.
  • Michelle Bradley Michelle Bradley on Nov 27, 2015
    I had these exact same frames. I painted them all black, let them dry and then, if neccesary,depending on what type of paint was used, sprayed. the frames with a fast-drying clear matte sealent. Prior to hanging, I'd pre-selected family photos mounted on/in white framing mats which I spread out on the floor and moved around until I figured out what would look best on the wall. I like these frames hung fairly closely together on one wall. I should also add that you can use a variety of frames, the shape, size, texture doesnt matter just as long as they are painted with the exact same color of paint (I prefer black, natch). You can also use different textures of paint or materials but remember to always use the same color of paint, that way you can always add or remove to your "collection". Good luck with your frames!
  • Sally C Reyes Sally C Reyes on Nov 28, 2015
    Paint them with unicorn spit
  • Louise Adkins Louise Adkins on Nov 28, 2015
    It all depends on your or white spray paint or if the decor look is rustic or shabby chic then white chalkpaint/wax/distress lightly and finish with dark wax (can always lighten if you put too much dark was with more clear wax).
  • Jennifer Rapp Jennifer Rapp on Nov 30, 2015
    turquoise paint, flat or chalk.
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    • Michelle Bradley Michelle Bradley on Jan 23, 2016
      @Jennifer Rapp I like the idea of chalkboard paint, but only apply chalk only once followed by a carefully applied sealer designed specifically for chalk. I want someone to make the project using chalkboard paint so I could see the results before I go out and purchase the necessary supplies.
  • Paula Paula on Dec 02, 2015
  • Lori Lori on Dec 04, 2015
    silver or copper!
  • Taffetal Taffetal on Dec 06, 2015
    These are not oak. However, paint or stain them a uniform color to tie together your inserts whatever they may be. Organize them on the floor before nailing the wall.
  • Rhonda Humphreys Rhonda Humphreys on Dec 06, 2015
    I wonder how they would look with some crackle on the too to add to the old aged look
  • Michelle Bradley Michelle Bradley on Jan 23, 2016
    Depending on what room you plan on hanging the frames, perhaps a transparent stain or milk paint? Once completed apply a clear matte quick drying spray to preserve the finish. The clear spray will make cleaning the frames in the years to come so much easier that you wont dread the task!