How to Clean Up but Retain the Antique Grungy Look?

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Q: I’ve always had a thing for frames so when I saw these old window frames abandoned in a nearby alley I snatched them up right away, especially because we just bought our first home and still have too many empty walls. Now I’m wondering, however, how to best put them to use.

Obviously they need a serious scrub but I’m wondering what ideas folks have for cleaning, sanding, painting, displaying them. My husband and I both really like the sort of antique and grungy look to them but we’d like it if we could get the look while getting rid of the actual grunge. The room we would probably hang them in is a very pale yellow. Any ideas would be much appreciated! Thanks!

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