How to Make New Picture Frames Look Old

You can age a picture frame using acrylic paints.
You can age a picture frame using acrylic paints. (Image: old golden picture frame image by Slobodan Djajic from

Antiqued decorations can make your home look more vintage and refined. By placing out certain accessories, like picture frames, you can add this vintage element to your home without having to redecorate. Make your own vintage frames by making a standard frame look old and weathered. You can do so by using a few basic craft materials.

Things You'll Need

  • Picture frame
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Bronze acrylic glaze
  • Water
  • Paintbrush

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Place the picture frame onto a table top.

Sand the frame lightly with sandpaper using long strokes.

Wipe off the sawdust with a washcloth.

Paint the frame with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry.

Sand the frame again, as before.

Dilute 2 tsp. of bronze acrylic glaze with 1 tsp. of water in a bowl.

Wash the diluted glaze over the frame, then allow it to dry before displaying it.


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