Hello again… Jes here from Mommy Envy. Pinterest is full of cute printables inside cute frames. I love using these MDF frames with fancy edges because they are customizable and it’s easy to change out the picture. I love decorating with pictures of my family and since we have young kids I am constantly putting new pictures in.
First of all you can get these unfinished frames at most craft stores. I ordered a bunch from Cut it Out Frames and then let them sit in a drawer for almost a year! There’s no need to be afraid to paint these frames. It’s so easy!
There’s no sanding or priming required. The first set of frames I painted were for my youngest’s nursery. My mom made the cutest quilt for him and I wanted the frames to match the fun colors. Tip #1 is to use acrylic craft paint. You will need paint 2-3 coats but 1 bottle will cover 2-3 frames depending on the size. You can find craft paint in pretty much any color and you only have to buy a small tube.
I just took the blanket with me to the store and matched up the colors. You can see more of this nursery here. It took me a while to configure the gallery wall and with a toddler in the house the frames inevitably got scratched from leaning up against each other. Tip #2 would be to condition the frame with a furniture wax or conditioner. I use a wood polish by Howard Cleaning Products that I picked up at Home Depot. It smells like oranges! I’ve done this to a couple of frames and I love the light shine it gives them.
I love the distressed look of having two layers of paint colors. For my distressed frame below I painted the first layer a dark grey color, let it dry, then painted an antique white on top. You could sand the frame in the places you want the gray to show through but tip #3 is to use Vaseline to create a distressed look. I simply brushed it on with my finger in between colors. Once the top color dries you wipe off the Vaseline with a paper towel.
These frames come with a place to hang them vertical or horizontal but I also love placing them on shelves. The pictures below are in my bedroom. If you are going to place these frames on a shelve then tip #4 is to make sure the edges will allow you to to place them on the ledge without tilting. I have to straighten the frame on the right constantly because it comes to a higher point in the middle.
You can put pictures or printables in these frames. You can place them on a stand or lean them up against other frames. My last tip is another styling tip. Tip #5 is I love layering the decorative frames with other colors and styles of frames. I have this small frame leaning up against a larger chalkboard. The frame on the chalkboard I painted with chalk paint.
Bonus tip! I love using acrylic paint because it comes in small amounts. Chalk paint works well too but when making your own you have to make at least a cup. I will use chalk paint on frames when I have left over chalk paint from a furniture project (like the green frame above).
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