How To Beef Up A Frame {without adding a thing}

Hubs wanted Sis to have a big family photo in her room, so I set off this week in search of a frame suitable for the project.

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I found a good candidate at Goodwill for $9… Which, actually, is way more than I’d usually pay… But it had glass, double matting, and was in good shape, so although it wasn’t as beefy and chunky as I like, I grabbed it anyway.

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Like most frames pictures of this ilk, it had a paper backing (already removed here–just tear it off), some sort of picture backing (cardboard on this one), matting, glass, frame, and LOTS of staples.

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So I just took that all apart by using pliers to pull out staples…

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…and then slipping out the cardboard backing (with the original picture spraymounted to it), mats, and glass.

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Then to visually beef up the frame, I painted the frame and the outer mat the same powdery pink color using simple acrylic craft paint. I squirted the paint straight onto the frame and mat and spread it out with a foam brush, dabbing the frame as needed to get in all the nooks and crannies.

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I just slapped that paint on–you won’t get perfect coverage with the first coat, but by the second coat, it will start looking good.

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I painted the corners of the mat like a wood miter by beginning each foam brush stroke at a corner on an angle. This adds to the illusion of a thicker frame.

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So it was starting to come together.

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I had our favorite family photo printed out “poster size” at Walmart photo online for about $5. I used blue tape to secure the mats and picture in place. I used the original image as a guide for where to secure the new photo.

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Then I taped the back back on and added a sawtooth hanger (the same one I pried off when I began).

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This entire project, excluding dry time, took under an hour.

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Now Sis can wake up to her family laughing with her. I love that.

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And since thrift stores always seem to have a bevy of frames in their stock, this could be a great way to build an interesting gallery wall with frames of varied sizes, like the ones I’ve been pinning lately.

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I could add in these little pretties too!

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Yay, I love a simple, cheap, and fast makeover!

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