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If you’re a thrift store junky like me you’ve probably done it a thousand times, walked past the frame section thinking Yuck! before moving on to the next area. But did you know those ugly outdated frames and their mats can be easily updated in just a few minutes? Today I am showing you how I transformed these two ugly frames!
Spray Paint – I used Rust-Oleum Flat Metallic Soft Iron Spray Paint – left over from my Garage Trash to Romantic Industrial Beauty Shelves.
Latex Paint – Also left over from my Brick Stencil Feature Wall
Alcohol Based Spray Cleaner
I started by taking apart the old ugly gold frames and giving them a through cleaning using a alcohol based cleaner. This will remove any excess dirt and oils from the metal and allow the paint to adhere smoothly. Next I simply painted on both sides with two coats of my Rust-Oleam Metallic Flat Soft Iron Spray Paint.
While waiting for the spray paint to dry I simply took the two professionally cut mats that came with my ugly thrift store frames and painted them. I used my regular old paint brush and two coats of Latex paint. In this picture the paint looks a bit on the white side but it is actually a light-medium gray (Valspar Shoreline Haze 6008-1B) that was left over from my Amazingly Real Stenciled Brick Feature Wall.
After all my painting was done I let everything air dry overnight before reassembling and adding in my two vintage road maps. (Next week I’ll show you a fast and easy trick for smoothing out all those awful creases for a smooth beautiful map display).
Ahhh… So cozy. After all the moves and all the houses we’ve lived in. This bedroom will always be my favorite. Romantic Industrial dreams do come true.
I hope you enjoyed my quick and easy tutorial! May it inspire you to create! Questions or comments please leave them below!
/>Don’t have a set of thrift store frames to refresh? Here are a few options that have a similar look and feel!
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