If you are like me, you are always looking for inexpensive ways to update your home decor. I am amazed at the impact that even the smallest changes can make to the look of a room. Sometimes the changes can be as subtle as changing your picture frames. I have changed frames on both my wall art and my personal photographs and the impact is wonderful. Here are a couple of old frames that I recently updated for the new decor in my master bedroom.
Have you ever found a bargain on a picture that you just love but the frame is just not right for the decor in the room you want to hang it? How many times have you received a frame as a gift but it just isn’t your taste, or doesn’t go with anything in your home? Now if, by chance, you just love all the frames in your home but you don’t want to spend a fortune on new frames may I suggest a few inexpensive options to consider. Great frames can be scooped up at a yard sale or thrift store. Also, check out the discount stores and the dollar store, they often have some plain and inexpensive options. Whether you want to update a frame you already own or you have one that you pick up somewhere else, let me offer a few inexpensive and easy ideas to update or change your picture frames for a subtle impact that will enhance any room in your home.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to make a dynamic impact is to paint your frame. Its easy if the frame is made of wood. All it takes is a bit of sandpaper to rough up the frame a little, primer if you are going from a dark color to a lighter color unless you want some of the dark color to show through, and a little bit of paint. In keeping with the inexpensive theme, depending on how many frames you want to paint and their size, you may be able to just pick up some of those sample sized paints in the paint department at your local hardware store. Recently I updated my master bedroom so I just used some of the leftover paint to change the color of one of my old frames.
There are so many ways to use paint to change the look of your frame. So depending on your level of creativity and skill the options are unlimited.
Choosing a solid color that you love and repeating it in all the frames in the room can really offer a dramatic change. One of my favorite colors is black. It is so classic and it looks great any room.
One of my favorite looks is to make a frame look old. Do you have a frame that is a great color but just needs that shabby chic look? Sandpaper and a hammer are your best friends. Grab your frame and go to it, sand and hammer until you get a look that you love!
This frame was solid black when I started. I went to town with my sandpaper and once I got the look I wanted I wiped the dust away and then took some antiquing paint and wiped the frame to get this look. It was fast and easy.
Now you may be thinking, I have some ugly metal frames that I would love to paint so how do I do that? Spray paint of course! Tons of great colors and what could be faster than spray painting. Anyone can do it too. Make sure that you are in a very well ventilated room and that you have paper or a tarp under the frames before you start spraying. If you decide to do it outside, a windy day may be your enemy in this situation, but a open garage may be a good alternative. It is hard to spray paint when the wind is blowing the paint and your drop cloth all over the place. Just follow the instructions on the paint can and you should get a great new look.
Now for those of you who are more adventurous, I have some ideas that may take a bit more work but can really make some beautiful and custom frames. I love to use decoupage. Just think of the possibilities! Any kind of paper products can be used. However, I like tissue paper best because it comes in so many colors and prints and it molds very well to uneven surfaces. I save tissue paper from gifts I receive and nowadays there are many shops that wrap your purchases in some beautiful tissue paper. When you are ready to start your project just rip the tissue paper into pieces. Consider leaving some open space if you like the base color of your frame or even mixing the tissue paper colors. What a cute look for a child’s bedroom! Pick the colors of their room and even have them help you rip and stick the paper to the frame. And don’t stop there, add a few embellishment such as rhinestones, buttons, or ribbons for an extra girly look to use in a tween or teen room! Be creative and make it your own. Anything goes!
Everyone loves to show off those special moments, so why not do it in a style the fits your homes own special decor.