This DIY photo frame makeover with chalk paint is super easy and will update any old frame you might have lying around. Over the past year we have moved things around, changed out art work, updated paint colors but one thing that was missing was our family pictures. I still have lots of them upstairs but was missing my gallery wall downstairs so I got to work!
Let me tell you, this project was not easy on me emotionally, seeing all the pictures of them when they were so little, oh my gosh. I had to fight off some serious tears, especially since graduation for 2 of the 3 boys is next week. Let’s just say next week I will be an emotional mess.
I already had the 2 frames on the right I needed 2 more but wasn’t about to go and buy new. It didn’t need to be a perfect match but I definitely wanted something with a beaded border and the same dimensions. I found the 2 frames on the left at a local thrift store for $2.00 each, not too shabby!
The first thing I did was take the glass and backing out and got to work!
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Before painting, make sure to clean the frames really well using a damp cloth.
Apply the first coat using a 1″ brush, let dry and apply the second coat. If you still see areas where the black is still showing through, you can touch up with a third coat.
After everything was dry, I smoothed everything out using a sanding sponge.
Next, I distressed it using sand paper in places it would naturally wear over time.
This is such an easy project and you can use this method on any frame you find and mix it up using different colors!
All the frames are finished but I’m still mapping out the gallery wall which takes a little time. (next project and I promise to share)
I’m back again this month with our thrift store challenge, stop by and see what all of the talented ladies came up with this month, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Below is a handful of other projects I have completed for our thrift store series.