DIY Gilded Frames

LAST UPDATED: Nov 18, 2019 | PUBLISHED: Sep 10, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner

Chris once asked me, “Can’t we just buy something as is?”  Ah, I wish it was that easy!  Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want.  My motto is, if you can’t buy it, create it.  I saw this Pottery Barn gilded frame and knew it would be a great fit for the gallery wall I wanted to create.  Unfortunately, they don’t offer them in 11×14 – precisely the size I needed.

First, let’s look at the final result of my latest gallery wall:

The top center frame was purchased as is from Michael’s.  I wanted heavy molding for the middle frames and wanted one to offset the others.  Should I add artwork to it as well?  I’m open to opinions!

I found these grey washed 8×10 frames at World Market and printed favorite quotes onto artist paper for a more authentic look.  {What I love most about my home is who I share it with.”  Back to gilding…I searched a few thrift stores for heavy molded frames without any luck that day, so I ran to the craft store and picked up one of my favorite $4 supplies – Rub ‘n Buff.  It comes in various shades and is easy to use.  It’s little tube is deceiving.  I completed all three frames on one tube!
The original frame just wasn’t my taste, but I saw potential in it.  I just put a dab on the frame at a time and worked the “paint” in with my finger.  Work quickly as it dries fast.  To get the paint in the nooks, I used a 15 cent foam brush.
To mimic the frames that I wanted to purchase, I left the finish as is, but just as the name implies, you can buff the paint off with a soft cloth for a clean, smooth finish.
Can you believe I paid just $8 for this frame?  Just 10-15 minutes per frame to achieve the look.
Anything imperfect is perfect to me.  Likely why I was drawn to the frames!
The wall made a great backdrop for our family photos! I added pencil sketches of deer for fall.
Let me know what you think!  Should I leave the center frame empty?  If not, what do you propose I put in it?

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