Fast, Easy & Cheap: Instantly Update Art With DIY Frame Upgrades

Fast, Easy & Cheap: Instantly Update Art With DIY Frame Upgrades

Adrienne Breaux
Jul 16, 2015
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There are a lot of reasons why you might want to make your existing art look a little bit better. It could be an affordable piece you don't love. It could be something you DIYed that didn't quite come out like you had hoped. It could be you're bored with what you have. Or perhaps you've moved and the art you have doesn't quite tie in with your new look. Rather than go out and buy or make all new art, why not try the art updating trick that's easy, quick and very affordable: Update your frames!

Pictured above: Take pleasure in a partial paint job by dipping one side or one edge of a picture frame. A bold color could work, or you could experiment with a metallic paint color or even just a different neutral color or wood stain. Spotted on Hello Lidy.

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Adding pattern with paint is a fun way to really make a bold statement with frames, especially when a number of them are used in one collage. This colorblocked look found on Brepurposed is less distracting than a smaller, busier pattern.

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Added on campaign corners can add sophistication to just about any frame or art piece. Spotted on Studio Yuko Jones.

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You add texture with creative materials to a frame — done in a bold color it's exciting, but using the same color of your existing frame is a great way to add interest without grabbing too much attention. This example uses a surprising item to add texture, seen on Proper.

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Why not add a mix of color and pattern, like this charming project spotted on The Crafted Life does?

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You don't have to pull the paint out to add interest to a plain picture frame; this project spotted on Passion Shake uses washi tape to create a bold, colored edge.

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Using ribbon like this project found on The Crafted Life can add sweet detail to a frame.

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And lastly, why not update art by taking away the traditional frame and adding another dimension of excitement to a piece? This interesting idea seen on The Gathered Home.

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