Friday, September 21, 2012

DIY Quick and Easy Touch Up for Outdated Frames

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy makeover for your outdated frames. I have a couple beautiful prints of Ukrainian street paintings. However, they were previously professionally framed. I didn't want to spend the money to buy new custom frames, but couldn't live with the look the frames had. 
The outside of the frames were good; very simple, a pretty light wood. The matting is what I had a problem with. They were cream colored with brass lining... Brass is one of those fads I will never understand. 
To fix these frames, I simply painted over the mats with white paint. It's a quick and easy update, but it makes a world of difference.

For this project, you will need: 
White Acrylic Paint
Exacto/Utility Knife
Painter's tape

Outdated brass lining
To start, line the part of the frame you wish to keep the same with your painter's tape. Make sure to get right on the edges and firmly push the paint down. Line the inside of the mat around the painting. Be careful not to press too hard on your painting/print if it's delicate.

Paint in the open area. Make sure to use nice even strokes. Let dry. Add two more coats, drying in between. 

When your paint is dry after the third coat, get out your exacto/utility knife. CAREFULLY, and not too hard, line straight down the frame where your tape was. Try as hard as you can to get right on the line; so as to remove the tape from the paint rather than cutting into the tape. 

Remove all of the tape, and voila! The paintings look great, I love the fresh, new look of the frames! I can't wait to hang them up!

I love the bright white mats :)

How do you update outdated artwork and furniture? 

<3 Lauren