I love the antique look of an aged picture frame. So I decided to take the project on, and make one myself.
It turns out, there are a few different ways to do it and a few different ways to say it: i.e. aging a picture frame, antiquing a picture frame, distressing a picture frame, making a picture frame look old.
Some use paint, wax and sandpaper. Some use paint, wax and steel wool. Some use paint and shoe polish. Some use paint, an old rag and a kitchen knife. Different techniques equal different results. Check them out before deciding on the look you want.
Through the maze of terms and techniques, I settled on a mix of my own because I had already painted my frames, so I was a little more limited.
Here are some of my Thrifty Finds' before's:
#1: Thrift store find: Framed French Bicycle Picture
We sprayed everything with primer to cover the previous color, and let it dry.
Next, we sprayed the top coat and let it dry. I chose a bright turquoise-ish sea blue. It looks a little more like robin's egg blue when it's dry.
We brought them home to dry thoroughly....where they sat for a week because I was too afraid I'd ruin them trying to antique them, if you want to know the truth. And then one day all of a sudden I figured if I ruined them I could always paint them again. And I got to work!
But behold, it worked!
The key to this look was the fact that the frame was originally painted black. When I sanded, I went through the blue, and the primer, which took me back to the original black.
Woohoo! Now I was more confident. I dare you to take away my sandpaper!
More block sanding for the mirror frame, but this time I also wiped it with black shoe polish.
Here it is after wiping it with black shoe polish.
Last project of the day, the metal frames.
First, I wiped black shoe polish on the frame, let it dry, and wiped off the excess polish.
But it just looked dirty, not antiqued. (sorry for the blurry picture)
So I pulled out my sandpaper (see how daring I'd become?) and roughed it up a bit, which gave it the perfect antique feel.
I love how they all turned out! Don't be afraid to try antiquing / distressing / aging your picture frames. If I can do it, you can do it. Especially if you find them at thrifty prices - less pressure! :)
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