As you probably know, I love painting things! I don’t necessarily love painting walls because of the monotony, but when it comes to painting furniture, frames, or other home decor items, I love it!
I decided that I wanted to paint this frame, because I didn’t love the bright shrill color of gold that it was. I do love gold frames when they are more of a muted tone.
It’s super easy to paint a frame! I started off by giving it to coats of color “White Dove” Benjamin Moore paint that I turned into chalk paint with my DIY recipe. I used a cheap 2” brush from my local hardware store. I don’t ever use nicer brushes when painting frames, because there are usually grooves that I need to get in to and sometimes it can ruin a brush.
After I had two coats of paint on my frame, I distressed it by hand with 150 grit sandpaper. More than two coats of paint may be needed. It usually depends on how it’s covering and what color is being painted over as to how many coats that I end up using.
When distressing, I go along the edges of the design and the edges of the frame, to give it more of a naturally distressed look. I try not to distress in the middle areas. It looks more natural to have the edges distressed, than big chunks in the middle.
I then antiqued the frame with this “java brown” antiquing glaze. I used a small paintbrush to get it in the small areas and then wiped it off with a damp paper towel. Using a damp cloth helps to make the antiquing glaze more controllable. Sometimes if the area is too dry and too much antiquing glaze is applied, it’s more difficult to remove it. I have used dark wax with this same method and it works just as easily.
The color on the frame (Benjamin Moore “White Dove) is the same color that I use on many things in my home. It’s also the color that is on most of the walls in my home. I use it on furniture that will be in front of the walls and it works perfectly together.
And, that’s it! I didn’t seal the frame. I didn’t feel that it needed to be sealed, because it’s not going to be a “high traffic” area. I love these old, large, ornate frames! I think it turned out perfectly aged!