Frugal Framing Ideas: Easy Ways to Revamp Thrift Store Finds

Frugal Framing Ideas: Easy Ways to Revamp Thrift Store Finds

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Katie Holdefehr
Mar 7, 2017
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Framing art is notoriously expensive, no matter if you're ordering a custom frame online or picking up a standard-size one from your local store. But if you have a little imagination (and some gold leaf lying around), revamping vintage frames is an affordable way to give your art a good home. Pull out the spray paint and unroll the wrapping paper, these vintage frame refreshes will inspire you to build yet another gallery wall.

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To refresh an older frame but still pay homage to its vintage charm, layer on chalk paint in two different colors, and then use sandpaper to create a distressed look. Read the full how-to on Martha Stewart to learn how to seal the frame and give it a matte finish.

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Before the Free People Blog glitzed up this mirror with gold leaf, it had a boring wooden frame that wouldn't make us look twice. Read the how-to, then go ahead and add some glam to all your vintage finds. Get inspired by these 15 gilded projects ideas.

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Food52 shows us that sometimes the only thing you need to make a thrift store frame feel fresh again is to throw away the old sun-bleached matting and turn the frame into a floating frame. Here are 12 of our favorite things to display in a glass frame.

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To unify a mismatched set of thrift store frames, take a tip from Design Sponge and cover the original mats in vibrant blue fabric.

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(Image credit: Dans le Lakehouse)

Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse proves just how transformative a simple coat of white spray paint can be. Check out the post to see how the same trick worked on a larger painting in Tanya's office.

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A Midas touch brings a large vintage mirror back to life. Follow the instructions from Stacie Flinner, then lean your masterpiece casually against the wall.

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To give an ornate mirror a playful paint-dipped look, Brooklyn Berry Designs first spray-painted one-third of the frame gold and then gave the rest a chalky coat for contrasting color and finish.

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To give ugly thrift store frames a facelift, Cat from Pocketful of Posies revamped them with a two-step system. First, she spray-painted the frames, then she hand-painted the mats.

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In case you haven't noticed by now, gold makes almost every frame look a million times more glam. We can all thank Jenny from Little Green Notebook for discovering the easiest way to gild a plain frame: Pick up a gold leaf pen.

If you'd rather just buy a frame than DIY one, shop our 10 favorite sources for cheap frames.

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