Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Money Saving Tip: A Picture Frame Makeover

Back in the fall, I was scouring thrift stores for some décor to use in our still underway guestroom makeover.  On a visit to The Salvation Army, I stumbled across a set of three prints, all in custom wood frames.  The prints were not bad – they were all agricultural or country themed, and since this room is inspired by my grandfather’s home in Nova Scotia I decided they could work.  Each print was on sale for $4.99, but I had a coupon for a discount from a previous donation so I ended up purchasing them for $3.00 each.  Not bad.

Although the prints looked decent, the mattes in each were a very dark green and the frames looked dated and worn from age.  It was time for a makeover.

The first order of business was to carefully remove the frame backing, cardboard, mattes, prints, and glass.  Next up, I painted the mattes white using Rustoleum White paint.  Simple.  Easy.
The frames were a bit trickier, and reminded me of my love-hate relationship with Rustoleum.  

Rustoleum is awesome and can transform just about anything which is why I love it.  I hate it because it really only work best when the weather is such that you can use it outdoors (ie. sunny, still days of a moderate temperature).  Initially I tried to spray paint these frames.  Fail.  Even though it was done indoors, it was in a cooler part of our house and due to the cold temperature I ended up getting all kinds of bubbles in the paint.  In addition, the fumes went through the whole house and made me feel ill.  This was the reminder that I should only use Rustoleum on the aforementioned days.  But all was not lost…

I sanded down the frames, primed them with Para Primer and then painted them (by hand, no spray) my current favourite shade of grey, St. Boniface, using Para furniture paint. 

A quick coat of Windex to clean up the glass, and a very tedious and careful reassembly of the ensemble and ……voilà…..a fantastic set of custom framed prints at a bargain price.  Thank you Salvation Army!!

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