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Updating Frames...Fast, Easy and Economical!

I recently needed some wall art... I had plenty of pieces to choose from...but, all the frames were dated or the wrong color.  With very little time to shop and no interest in spending money if I didn't have to...

I made the best of the situation, using paint to transform what I HAD into what I NEEDED.

The only prep work I did was dusting the frames.  No sanding, no primer, no taping.  I painted the frames, scraped excess paint off glass with a razor blade and hung the artwork about 2 hours later.

First Example:

Two water colors that my husband's parents bought in 1939.

 The frames were a very dated gold.

dated gold frame

I used two colors of acrylic artist paint.

 First I applied the black and then I randomly applied the bronze...applying with the same brush without even waiting for the black to dry.  

painting frames

The painted frames were easily and instantly updated to match existing light fixtures. 

 

updated frames

 

Second Example:

This picture was perfect for the wall behind the toilet....colors matched other accessories in the room perfectly.  However, the frame was gold, dated, and lacked impact.

I used an interior latex paint I had leftover from another project...I only applied one coat.

before and after painting frame

Updating frames is EASY!  Don't overthink it.

 Spray or brush, dab or wipe...be creative and have fun!

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Comment balloon 37 commentsSharon Tara • December 19 2011 03:47PM

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Hi Sharon ~ Wow!  This looks like something even my craft-challenged self could do!  Maximum impact for minimal time and $$. 

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 7 years ago

I so wish I had read this post before I just went out and spent $100.00 on a bunch of new frames the other day!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 7 years ago

I had never thought of that before. I have a few frames I have been trying to replace, now it seems I won't have to! Thank you so much for the tip.

Posted by Bud & Beth McKinney, Cary/Raleigh/Apex NC - The Team That Cares, RE/MAX United (RE/MAX UNITED) almost 7 years ago

Sharon- I echo what Maureen said...since I'm craft challenged I do believe I could handle this.  Looks just great!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Sharon, isn't it funny how it's not about the art itself, it'sall  about frames. Amazingly easy trick to modernize any art piece.

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) almost 7 years ago

Updating the frame what a great idea. Can really make any art work shine. Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 7 years ago

Sharon - I am a mad man with a black spray can...most of the old book cases, and end tables in my home were ugly wood grain - colors, now everything is a semi gloss black.

Posted by Steve Loynd, 800-926-5653, White Mountains NH ( Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., ) almost 7 years ago

Maureen:  Craft challenged?  I find that so hard to believe!

Craig:  Sorry, my fault, I should have posted sooner.  Please forgive me!

Bud & Beth:  And, if you take before and after pictures, you can have a blog post too!

Kathy:  You really can't screw it up.  Paint a frame and blog about it!

Anna:  I am a firm believer in using what you have whenever possible.  

Bill:  HOpe it comes in handy for you!

Steve:  Painting furniture black is another of my favorites.  It makes a huge difference!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Love the frames and I too, paint whatever I can black, and love it!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Sharon,

These are really great ideas, we just were given two paintings with very outdated frames.  Thanks for these examples, they are excellent. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) almost 7 years ago

You're a talented young sweetheart.  I'm not going to hide anything or even try being discrete: 

SHARON TARA IS MY SWEETHEART!!!

I hope you and your entire lovely family have Happy Holidays.  We'll be heading to L.A. to see our son.  It's the first Christmas in ~40 years we're not going up to San Francisco to have it with in-laws and our son who used to live there.  All things must change.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 7 years ago

Sharon, these frames look spectacular after your very talented hand-sometimes with old photos or pictures you must keep the frame because the pictures can actually stick to the glass so the only option is to do it yourself!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 7 years ago

Roger:  Thank you!  Once you go black...

Alexandra:  I'm excited to hear that you can actually use the info and make use of those paintings!

 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Sharon

The frames good great with a little creativity.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 7 years ago

Lloyd:  So we are going public, are we?  You had me at "young"!  We just had a new addition to the family last night....little Jack now has a brother, Thomas!  You know I will be posting photos soon!

Thank you for the beautiful wishes!  My wish for you is a very happy new tradition this year!

Joanna:  Good point...sometimes you have no choice!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Lou:  Your mission should you choose to accept it is to transform a dated frame and share the results with your AR family!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Sharon - I really enjoy seeing these updated frames.  It's shocking how quickly a frame can become outdated.  The newly transformed frames look amazing and really compliment the art.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) almost 7 years ago

This is a good opportunity because some of the older frames are very good quality.

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 7 years ago

Don't go there....................LOL.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

I love that first watercolor...your updates will extend the life of these another 70 years! Smart cookie.

Posted by Kim Gaston, Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987 (FRONT PORCH TEAM REAL ESTATE & PROPERTY STYLING - Brokerage, Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC) almost 7 years ago

Sharon , I love Watercolors....I have several of the ones I've done around the house. Those frames are not old, but others we sometimes find in knockdown houses can use a lift. thanks for the tip.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Sharon--as you said, you and I were on the same page with picture frame updates.  These look great--and you made it look so much easier than I did!!!!

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 7 years ago

As usual you have done it again!  They look beautiful!  More tips please more!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 7 years ago

Great examples Sharon. I use left over interior house paint all the time to paint frames. Isn't it fun!!

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) almost 7 years ago

Hi Sharon,

Those are some fresh ideas and cost savers too!

I really appreciate the talent you have.

You truly inspire me!

Patricia

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 7 years ago

Excellent use of time and money with a great result. Thanks for sharing this cost effective update Sharon!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) almost 7 years ago

Sally:  My in-law's water colors are from 1939 so these frames have had plenty of time to get dated, LOL!  I know what you mean though, we still see gold frames used often.

Brian:  I agree, they don't make 'em like they used to!

Roger:  I couldn't resist!

Kim:  And, if need be, I will just paint them again to suit my needs.

Ellen:  I'm sure with your creativity you could do wonders with any frame!

 

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Janet:  This technique is perfect for artwork that is going to be long term...in your own home.  For artwork in a home staging inventory, it would be best to properly prepare the frame before painting.  Your tips would be the way to go if the artwork is going to be handled a lot.

Debra:  I'll see what I can come up with.

Shar:  It's a great feeling when it all comes together and you know you used something you had on hand.  The color I used here matches beautifully with the mirrors and artwork already in the room.  Score!

Patricia:  Thank you!  Now, if I only had your way with words...

Karen:  I love doing it and I love sharing it!  Thank you for the enthusiastic comment!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

And I love you for it!

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 7 years ago

Sharon, what a smart solution! There are so many frames that go outdated not because of the style but because of the color.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Love the transformations Sharon.  I'm working on painting many frames for a client right now and I like the idea of using a razor to clean off the glass after painting because dismantling each one is taking me forever!  However, many of the ones I'm working on have plexi not glass and I'm wondering if a razor will etch the plexi?   Guess I should try it out on a old one first.  THANKS! 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 7 years ago

Sharon - That's a remarkable outcome on that frame.  Interestingly enough, a few days ago I was looking at some of the artwork on my walks and thinking they required new framing.  Especially a favorite print in my bedroom, which I love, but hat the existing matt and frame.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 7 years ago

Sharon - I also want to CONGRATULATE you on having this blog FEATURED in the Feather Nesters group!  The frame transformation idea is a wonderful one!  Great job!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) almost 7 years ago

You're so clever and talented!  I just saw some frames at the store that were really curvy photo frames in high gloss colors.  I see these all the time in magazines, but after seeing in person, it makes me want to start frame shopping and painting and see how creatively I can use them.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

Janice:  Easy and fast!  Very satisfying work too!

Ginger:  I would be afraid to use a razor on plexi.  Too bad it's not glass you are working with.  Using the razor is much faster than dismantling.

Myrl:  HOpe this idea has helped you...find the right paint and update that artwork yourself....you will save alot of money!

Thanks so much for the Feature!

Cindy:  I hope you will share your creative results!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

Sharon, am update.  It was finally warm enough yesterday for me to experiment a bit and you're right.  Paint and a razor blade on plexi is NOT recommended.  The frames that I'm working on are metal so I feel like more prep is needed than on other surfaces and I'm using spray paint.  This is not turning out to be a project worthy of a lot of time...which it is taking.  Oh well, live and learn. 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) almost 7 years ago

Ginger:  Sorry to hear that!  I've worked with a metal frame before and used the same technique I used here.  However, the frame I painted had a flat surface and I lightly sanded it first.  Some things are not worth the effort required...hope you find an easy way to bring new life to the frames you are working with.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 7 years ago

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