Asked on Jan 26, 2018

How do I age/darken a very large gold painted picture frame?

by Lor13908426
how do i age darken a very large gold painted picture frame
  11 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 26, 2018

    spray paint it with Rustoleum 2X that comes in a variety of different colors and finishes

  • Jan Jan on Jan 26, 2018

    Try rubbing the frame with a dark brown finishing wax. It will tone the gold of the frame down. Be sure to mask off the linen liner to not get the wax on it. Hope this helps.

  • Dysko7710 Dysko7710 on Jan 26, 2018

    You will want to probably disassemble it so you have just the frame, so no paint gets on the glass. You could use a darker color of chalk paint to darken it and use distressing techniques. There are several ways to distress/age with paint. You can wipe vaseline every where you want the undercoat (either a different base color of paint you paint on first, or the gold frame itself peeking through) to show through, paint the entire frame, let it dry, and then use a cloth to wipe away the parts with vaseline, which will remove those parts with paint and show the undercoat through. Or you can paint and then sand in various areas where you want to distress it. I have never used gel stain, but you can probably lightly sand the frame and then put gel stain on it to darken it and then sand it to rough it up. You can also use a dry brushing technique. You can paint a base color and then after it dries use a secondary color. Put the second color on your brush and then wipe most of it off, leaving the brush very dry but with some paint left on, and when you brush it on it will go on very distressed/thin looking. You can play around with these techniques before trying them on your frame.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Jan 26, 2018

    You can take a dark stain and wipe it on, then wipe it back off.

  • In Stores like Michaels or AC Moore, there are craft paints that are an antiquing medium. Comes in 2 oz. bottles. Quite easy to use. Start with a light touch and then add layers to achieve the look you want.

  • Jan Jan on Jan 26, 2018

    take a dark color stain that you use for wood on a soft cloth and just wipe it on. It will darken it and give it an aged look

  • Debbi Tenney Debbi Tenney on Aug 08, 2023

    I have a new wall sconce that is too brassy and does not match the darker gold finish on my chandelier.

    How can I darken the sconces to not be so brassy?

  • Janice Janice on Aug 08, 2023

    Hi Lori, you can experiment a little with a dark wax or a dark stain on another object to get the tone and look you want before applying to the gold mirror frame.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 08, 2023

    You can use Rub and Buff, which you can purchase at Michaels or Hobby Lobby. Or you can take your picture out of the frame and spray it with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze or whatever color you like.

    BriWax is another option in dark brown. I am not partial to minwax in the dark color, it has a strong odor.

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 09, 2023

    Hello, hope this helps you out.

    A quick trick is to take a coat of high-quality acrylic paint that is a touch darker than gold in color. Rub the paint lightly into the crevices of the piece. The color will soften the metallic nature of the gold leaf, giving it an older feel.

    Or you can use some steel wool, just rub down the frame to tone down the gold shade

  • You could try a gel stain and lightly apply it, wiping it mostly off as you go.