How to Create Vintage Picture Frames

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Creating a vintage picture frame can be an easy and fun art project that will add a decorative touch to your home, and it can be done in just one weekend! Simply follow these simple steps to create your vintage picture frame in just a few hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden picture frame
  • White or cream paint
  • Yellow or light blue paint
  • Fine sand paper
  • Paint brush
  • Primer
  • Wood stain
  • Glaze
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth or old t-shirt
  • Choose a plain wooden picture frame.

  • Sand the surface of the frame lightly and wipe off any dust with a damp cloth.

  • Apply one coat of primer to the frame and allow to dry.

  • Apply one coat of base paint (white or cream). This layer of paint will show through the final top coat. Dry thoroughly.

  • Apply your top coat of paint, typically yellow or light blue. This coat of paint can be applied with a traditional paint brush or even a sponge. Allow the top coat to dry completely.

  • Sand the edges and any other areas that would typically wear over time to add a distressed, aged and vintage look. You may also want to make a few indentations on the frame to give it a worn look as well, or even use a wire grill brush (lightly) to remove some of the paint.

  • Wipe the surface of the frame with a clean, dry cloth.

  • Apply one coat of a mixture of 1/2 glaze and 1/2 light wood stain with a clean cloth to add that additional vintage look to the frame. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Friends and family are going to want you to make a vintage frame for them too, so go ahead and create several at a time!

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