During the cold months of the year I tend to get a little crafty. That creative energy is amplified by a dose of cabin fever courtesy of the frigid temps outside. I get the itch to jazz up my living spaces and will often stay up until the early morning hours reorganizing and re-arranging furniture until I eventually give in to my exhaustion. (I know that I can’t be the only one!)
Art can transform your home and truly give it the ambiance that expresses what you love, but the look you are going for could come with a pretty lofty price tag. I adore fancy framing, but cost really adds up when you have a lot of wall space to fill. Today I wanted to switch things up a bit and share a super easy way to add that gorgeous designer touch to your living spaces by taking boring, cheap black frames and giving them a serious high-end makeover! It is also a beautiful gift idea if you plan to give a sentimental photo to a loved one. This tutorial is so simple that it barely needs instructions, and anyone can do it!
What You Need:
- Measure the corners and decide how far you’d like the gold ‘brackets’ to extend. I chose 2.5″ on my smaller frame and 3.5″ on my larger. It’s up to your personal preference. Tape around the frame to create a crisp edge and be sure to really press down the edge to ensure no paint seeps under.
- Paint the sides and top of frame with long and even brushstrokes, avoiding the inner edge that meets the glass. I do not paint this inner side. The paint dries quickly, so avoid over-brushing (similar to nail polish).
- Remove tape after painting each section while paint is still wet. I found that the edges look cleaner this way.
- Be patient and allow to thoroughly dry. The gold can easy scratch even though dry until the paint ‘cures’ over time.
- Paintbrush can be cleansed with paint thinner or acetone. Paint is NOT water soluble.