Restoring an old picture frame

So today I decided to restore an old picture frame. I bought a cheap frame on Craigslist, it was already mounted but I didn’t like the picture it was with so I made it my project to restore the frame and put one of my fine art pieces inside it.

First, I removed the old hardware, then put a coat of paint on it, let it dry, carefully touched up all the details, and then put a new wall portrait inside it setting it above my fireplace. It is gorgeous and I am very happy with the way it has turned out. 🙂

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First, I removed the old picture from the frame, they had it nailed to the frame itself, as well as the old hardware. I had to be careful not to chip in the actual frame itself. If this does happen to you, you can always glue the pieces of the frame back.

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Below you can see the detail of the old frame. It is a gorgeous frame but you can see in the corner  that it has a lot of dirt inside the creases where paint should be.


Another detail of before
You can barely see the detail at all in some places.


This is where paint comes in. I bought a small tin of gold metallic paint from Michaels, This is perfect for wood and it will brighten up the frame all together. As you can see, it is well used. I used about one half of this container for the entire frame.


I did two coats of paint on the entire frame. The only thing I was careful of was to leave some of the black in between the frame detail. I didn’t want it all to be covered, my goal was for the detail to stand out.

Here is the finished refurbished frame.


You can see below how the detail came out. I am happy with the result, I must say.

Another detail of after

It looks brand new and the detail is still visible, much more than it was before.

And my last step was to put one of my fine art pieces inside the frame. I was very excited, I could not wait for the frame to dry to see it all finished.

All done, isn't it beautiful?

Absolutely gorgeous, isn’t it?

And here it is hanging above my fireplace.

Resting above my fireplace where it should be

So, that’s how I restored an old used picture frame. In case you all are wondering, the image size is 30 x 40. The frame itself ended up being several inches larger than the piece itself.

I will give you one last tip. Whenever you are looking for a frame for a portrait, always go based on the portrait size, not the frame size. In other words, if you have the portrait sized 30 x 40, then you need a 30 x 40 sized frame. Even though the actual frame will be a bit larger. Be ware that on Craigslist, people often put the size of the frame, so always make sure to ask what is the size of the actual piece inside it to make sure your piece fits the frame.