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Picture Frames: From Glitzy Gold to Faux Wood

Have you ever felt the urge to change things up in your home but haven’t wanted to spend a lot of money to do so? The urge to refresh my home has been pretty strong lately but the budget is screaming no way! So, I have decided to do a few things, without spending a lot of money to do so.

First up on my project list is the upstairs hallway, which is basically just a dimly list passage way to the back bedrooms. When we moved in I put some Monet prints and cards into some cheap gold frames and have pretty much ignored it ever since. I have been taking some nice photos of my yard lately, but the gold just would not have done them justice. I could have spray painted them another color, but I wanted something a little more rustic. picture frame before and after

Instead of the gold frames blending into the pale yellow walls, the new darker frames make the pictures pop! And surprisingly the hallway actually seems brighter.

How I created the look

I took the glass and prints out of the frames then took those outside and spread them out on my trusty drop cloth from the Mushroom Kingdom project, plus a few others over the years.

picture frame - gold

I slathered on some white paint plus primer leftover from the Mushroom Kingdom, intentionally leaving streaky brush strokes.

picture farme - white

 

After it dried overnight, I wiped on some stain leftover from the outdoor furniture and didn’t wipe it off. Yup, I didn’t wipe it off. I know I am supposed to wipe it off, but I wanted the streaky look.

picture frame - stain

photo credit, my almost 8 year old (nice job, Champ!)

Then I let it dry overnight outside. I should have waited another 24 hours or more, because the smell is still evident in the hallway.

Here is another shot for comparison:

picture frame redo (before during and after

picture frame redo

I will be posting more of my little projects soon. I hope it inspires you to make a few small changes to brighten your home.

 

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  1. Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    Wow, that turned out really good! Looks great. šŸ™‚
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    1. Audrey Humaciu

      Thanks! I am relieved it came out close to my vision

  2. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    These look great! Your photos look gorgeous in them too! x
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    1. Audrey Humaciu

      Thanks, Jess. It was definitely time to change up that hallway with something new.

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