Do you have any gaudy picture frames that you don’t want to throw away?
Or perhaps you don’t want to throw away said photo frame, but you don’t exactly want to put it on display either?
It’s a great way to repurpose any frames you aren’t in love with anymore and transforms them into something chic and stylish.
The ombre trend is still going strong and this photo frame is just evidence of how great it can look.
Images via vitamini handmade
Isn’t this cute?! It’s the perfect little decor detail that really enhances that space. Also, I love the color play in this photograph. Blue and yellow are almost complimentary colors (blue and orange are) so they really make each other pop and stand out more.
Casey, came up with this tutorial because she had recently moved and this caused her to be painfully aware of everything she owns. At the moment she’s figuring out what she loves style-wise and what she needs necessity-wise and her dump pile which just goes to a thrift store.
I’ve had this frilly gold frame for a few years. It’s cute, and I love gold, just not this combination. It just always seemed to fussy, which is probably why I never put a photo in it. I knew I wanted to tone down the contrast of the applied design and modernize it a bit. I decided on the perfect technique: ombre! It’s a popular style right now from hair color to furniture … So I broke out my craft paints and a paint brush.
I love how she took this frame from the dump pile to the love pile by simply repurposing it. That’s the other great thing about this tutorial, even if you don’t have a picture frame to do this to, you can find ones at Goodwill and Salvation Army for dirt cheap. Plus IKEA has really cheap basic frames for $2.99. Slap some paint on it and make it look like you paid $50!
Here’s what you need:
- Fine Grit Sandpaper (for priming)
- Paintbrushes (large one for priming smaller for ombre pattern)
- White Acrylic Paint
- Aqua Acrylic Paint (or whichever color you prefer)
- High Gloss Paint (Casey used Martha Stewart HGP in “Beach Glass”)
Here’s how you do it:
Step #1: Rough up the edges a little with the fine grit sandpaper. Wipe off the dust. Then coat with white paint. Make sure that you get 100% coverage. You will most likely need more than one coat of paint. In this DIY, Casey needed three coats of paint to make sure the gold was completely covered up. Make sure to let it dry before moving on to the next step.
Step #2: Now that your frame is dry divide up the frame into thirds. The top is white. The middle is the gradiation area and the bottom is the solid color.
For the middle area, mix your paint with half white and half color. Use vertical brush strokes and a somewhat dry brush to paint the middle transition area.
Step #3. Keep your brush strokes vertical since this is a vertical design. This will help blend the colors and make the color disappear into the white. When you’re happy with the faded edges on the frame, then paint the bottom with the middle color as well.
Step #4. Now, with the solid color, paint the lower transition area to the bottom of the frame. Make sure to use the same brush strokes as before. This ensures consistency not only in the color, but texture and consistency in the ombre design. Don’t forget to paint the inside and outside edges as well. When it’s dry, you might have to do a few touch ups to fill in gaps, or refine the transition area, so make sure to wrap up your paint with plastic wrap to save it.
The finished product is so lovely. It’s the perfect way to transform a frame into an item you would proudly display in your home. I love the fact that it’s so customizable as well. You could paint the whole thing black and have a black ombre frame! The color possibilities are endless. What do you think of this frame? Are you sick of the ombre trend? Let us know!