Monday, April 7, 2014

Spray Paint: DIY Matching Picture Frames

I've been trying to slowly buy frames to put all my family pictures in, but I was getting frustrated on how much it cost to buy solid frames.  I recently acquired some frames from a garage sale for free.  They were solid wood but this gold color which of course was not in line with my color scheme.  I then went to a thrift store and picked up several solid wooden framed pictures. I think I spent less then five dollars total on all of them.

I bought a can of matte black spray paint.  I then laid out some newspaper on my back patio.  I took the glass out and the backs off.  I then got to spraying my frames.

 I had to do a few coats.  The trick was spraying from different angles to make sure I got all the different edges and crevices.   After letting it dry, I had a lovely solid wood picture frame that fits my color scheme.

I  then spray painted all the rest of the frames.  For the price of a can of spray paint and a couple bucks at the thrift store I got 9 frames.  I probably spent less on all the frames then I would normally spend on one!  Awesome!

I was talking with my sister-in-law about my project and it reminded her that she had some frames she could do the same with.  She spray painted hers white instead of black though.

She now has some lovely frames for her ocean themed bathroom.

The other great thing about this project is how quick it is.  I was able to squeeze in painting a frame or two in between tasks throughout the day.  It was a great feeling of satisfaction being able to put all my pictures up at once.  I even have a couple left over ready for when we take a new set of family photos.  

Do you have some old frames that you could make new again?


  1. Very cool! Not only is it cheap but it makes use of stuff that already exists. And great idea to have a few ready for the future - you know you'll continue adding pictures of your family over the years and now you'll have stuff that matches!

  2. I love the look os same color frames in different sizes and styles!

  3. I did this when I made my home command center. It was a great, easy way to save some money and give the wall a cohesive look.

  4. This is a great way to get the frames to match your décor. I love it

  5. Those turned out great! I love little projects like this to make things look so much better! :)

  6. Don't you love when ideas are so smart and simple? Great idea and nice finds!

  7. Wonderful idea! This is a really great way to save some money and at the same time create them to your likeness. I also prefer the black color over the gold color. They turned out beautiful!

  8. Great idea and wonderful results!!
    I'd love to be able to make these as well.... :)

  9. Love it! Your collages look great, too!!!


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