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Easy Frame Update

Some of the artwork I have in my home was bought almost 15 years ago.  The actual art is ok, in fact I still see some of the prints around.   But with some of the older art, the frames are either out of date or just don’t go with my walls.

I have been slowly taking down the art and re-doing the frames.  Here is a before/after of the pictures I re-did in the guest bedroom.

The bedding, pictures and accent furniture were all bought 15 years ago. (The bed is a hand-me-down.)   I do need to buy a new blanket for this room, I took the one from this bed and put it in my son’s room.  So I will probably add a solid coverlet or blanket, and then fold the existing comforter at the foot of the bed for accent.  I see that done quite a bit and have already done it in the master bedroom.  Everything else is in excellent shape, so as outdated it may be, this room is pretty much dead last on my 10 page list of things to do. (I say 10, but we have to be down to at least 7 by now…)

The process I used for updating my frames was super easy and I will show you how to do it for yourself.

The products I used:

Rustoleum Metallic finish in oil rubbed bronze and a metallic finish clear coat.

Golden bronze cream stencil paint.

Step 1:  If you can, take apart your frame.  (For my guest bedroom pictures, I had to use paper and tape to cover the art.)  Line a surface in a well ventilated area with news paper or a drop cloth and give the frame an even coat or two of spray paint.

Step 2:  Once dry, dab a little of the paint cream onto a paper plate.  Then, dip a dry brush into the paint.  You will want to dab off some of the paint onto a paper towel, so you don’t get a big blob of color where you start.  Lightly dry bush the paint cream over any raised area or any other place you want to add the burnished accent.

Step 3:  Follow the package directions for drying time, then add your clear protective coat.

That’s pretty much it.  This update was quick and easy and can be done with any color combination.

The photo frame I used in the demonstration was cool-toned dark gray with pewter accents,  It was very pretty, but did not go with my color scheme.


And now it is a perfect match.  I added the photos from this years bluebonnet pictures to the frame, and it just needs to be hung!

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  1. Love how they turned out! You have totally inspired me to update the frames that I have hanging in my bedroom! I love the prints, but the frames really date them! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Take care,


  2. It really does make a difference to old frames doesn't it!! Great job and post. Thanks for sharing this at Sharing Saturday.

  3. Very neat idea! I have so many old/ugly frames that I can't throw out…now I know what i'll do with them! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ohhhh, that's how they make these frames! I snatched one much like this from my parents' home but I wanted it lighter, and wanted to keep the golden details. What I did was just spray a thin coat on one section at a time and then wiped it off with a wet rag so the gold would peak through. It worked, but this would work better. I will know for next time! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for sharing that tutorial! The make over really DOES update those pictures so much!
    I saw your post over at "Blue Cricket Design".

  6. They look so great! I love how you brought out the details!

  7. Oh my gosh, they transformed them. The pictures look completely new, and pop with the darker frames. They look more current now. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

  8. This looks beautiful! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Please join us again next week! Thanks! -The Sisters

  9. Good job! I love making something I've had for a while fresh and new again. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. Very nice! It looks much better…thanks for sharing!
    home sweet nest

  11. Hi my dear smarty..its a very cute idea,thanks for sharing with us, I will may be try any day! love it..

  12. Thanks so much for linking up this great project @CountryMommaCooks….have a wonderful Sunday:)