Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spray Painting Picture Frames {a tutorial}

I have a huge wall of pictures that are all framed in wooden cherry frames

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and since we’re recently added board and batten and repainted this room {again and again} the frames no longer go with the new look

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{Napa style reds/mustards/browns meet fresh 2011 beachy look…NAH!}

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{I tested a few black fames, too.}

So I have decided I need to paint the frames…and most likely they will be white.  But that’s another story for another day.

Before attacking these over-priced Restoration Hardware Gallery Frames with a can of spray paint, I figured I’d better practice on some less expensive frames first. {I only have one other spray paint experience…my mailbox!}

Enter: my son’s Ikea frames which are baby blue and don’t go with his new-found 7 year old style.

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It was actually quite easy and I am confident in my abilities now to spray paint my photo wall frames! 

Here’s the how to:

Step 1:

Lightly sand your frames with 220 grit sand paper.  Don’t worry you sanding-haters, this is FAST! Just a few seconds per frame will do it. 

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{No! That’s not my cell phone right next to me as I work…that’s a newspaper ad. I still have the ol’ flip phone and love it.}

Step 2:

Using a damp rag, clean off the sanding residue.

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{Oh my word, are those age spots on my hands?}

Moving right along.

Step 3:

Lay your frames on something you don’t care about and make sure to do this outside…the fumes from spray paint are awfully toxic.  Also, best to do this on a perfectly calm day, no wind.

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Unfortunately, I had one afternoon to complete this project while my son was away that I HAD to work under slightly breezy conditions…if that’s your situation, be sure to firmly secure your paper down so it doesn’t blow up over the wet paint.

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Step 4:

Start a sprain’.

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I used Rust-Oleum’s Painter’s Touch Semi-gloss in black.

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After 3 coats {4 in a few places} about 15 minutes apart, I was happy with the coverage.  I didn’t want any blue peeking through…not for these boy frames. Not when you see what is about to go in them!  And I find the semi-gloss a great finish for these frames.  It’s not super shiny at all, but has a nice sheen to it. Also, since these are not going to get much wear and tear {knock on wood, they are going in a 7 year old boy’s room} I don’t feel they need a clear coat on top. The sheen is perfect as is.

Step 5:

Dry the full 24 hours…just like a manicure, you’re bound to nick them if you break this rule.

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Step 6:

Insert your photo and smile…now that was easy peasy!

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I told you any blue peeking through wouldn’t work for this ‘lil project. 

But…when I paint my wall O frames to go above my board and batten, a little blue peeking through the white painted frames is gonna look so key-ute!

However, today it’s all about my darling son…he’s gonna love them!

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And in retrospect, a few nicks here and there probably wouldn’t have hurt a thing!

linking up to this fun spray paint party!!

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7 comments:

  1. mavis E. ButterfieldApril 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Wait, is he 7 already? How did I miss THAT?

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  2. Thank you for such a fab. tutorial. I belong to our local camera club, we are in the process of framing our work to sell, to help raise funds. The info.has being invaluable. Thank you :-)

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  3. wanted to learn how to spray paint a wooden frame and your description couldn't have been any better.

    Thanks for that :)
    Karin

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  4. Love the frames!
    Have you tried it with your restoration hardware frames?

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  5. found this when searching how to paint frames to match. thank you for saying what paint you used. Makes a big difference when there are dozens to choose from!

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  6. Thank you for the step by step tutorial with pictures. With your help I just refinishing antique frame for my baby nursery. :)

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