The Trendy Sparrow: DIY: Turn cheap picture frames into elegant gold frames

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DIY: Turn cheap picture frames into elegant gold frames

I don't know about you, but in my experience...trying to find cute and affordable gold picture frames can be tough. Most of the time I feel like they are either the wrong kind of gold, look "old", or cost way too much money. I'm currently working on redoing my home office, and I wanted some cute gold frames to add to my inspiration/gallery wall. I just couldn't find any that I liked...
so of course I decided to make my own; quickly and cheaply.

Materials you will need:
- Plain Picture frames
- Liquid Leaf (classic gold)
- foam brushes
- white paint/primer

How to make the frames:

Step 1: I bought a bunch of frames last time I went to Michael's. These white square frames are sold in packs of 4 for $20. I then used a 40% off coupon to buy them! Yay savings!

Step 2: After you take out all of the glass/backing, you will want to prime the frames with white paint. Why? Liquid Leaf doesn't work on the kind of surfaces that frames are made out of unless it has a base coat. The best way to fix this is to just paint the frames with a quick coat of white paint or primer. I just used some paint that I had left over from another project.

Step 3: Apply a thin layer of liquid leaf to the frames. Make sure you shake the liquid leaf before you open it/use it. If you don't, it will paint on red instead of gold. (I realize this could maybe have been done with spray paint instead, but I'm not a big fan. Why? First of all, I live in the city. It's really hard to find somewhere that you can spray paint outside and leave whatever you are working on to dry...especially when it's currently 25 degrees outside. Secondly, I find that liquid leaf has more of the metallic sheen that I like and I just can't find a spray paint that I enjoy that has that effect.) Also make sure you paint the liquid leaf on with a brush you don't plan on using again. The liquid leaf is a nightmare to wash out...I always just use these really cheap foam brushes that I am okay with tossing. I buy them in bulk.

Step 4: Let the liquid leaf dry for a couple of hours. 

Step 5: Put a fabulous photo or piece of art work into the frame, and hang it up proudly
 for all your guests to see!

You can also purchase this adorable gold fox print from White Nest.

For more ideas, check out my Pinterest Board of DIY crafts and ideas.

Check out my shop, The Trendy Sparrow, for wedding paper goods, chic art prints & coffee mugs.

Thanks for reading, dolls! 


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