This Farmhouse Style Picture Frame Tutorial walks you through the steps of layering and distressing chalk paint to achieve a time worn look.
Hi friends! I’m Rita Joy from Harbour Breeze Home, and I’m so glad to be back today sharing my latest crafty project – a farmhouse style picture frame. You are going to LOVE it!
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It All Started With Saving Money
I was recently scrambling to finish the last few things in our recent Laundry Room Makeover. All the big things were done, and it was finally my favorite stage ~ adding all the “pretty”! As I contemplated options for wall decor, I really wanted to save money by using items I already had in the house. Sometimes desperation brings out creativity, and before I knew it I had craft supplies all over my dining table. The end result was a farmhouse style picture frame that became the jumping off point for all the other decor.
I wanted the room to be bright and cheery with a little pop of pink. The frame I dug out of the closet was dark chocolate brown ~ not exactly the look I was going for! But the size was perfect, so I decided to go with it.
I’ll share every step I took with you so you can make your own picture frame too.
- Chalk paints in colors Vintage Cupcake (by Country Chic paints) and Cloudy Day (by Cottage Paint)
- Paint brush
- Old dry rag
- Section of electric floor scrubber
How to Make Farmhouse Style Distressed Picture Frames
Here’s what I did to make some DIY distressed farmhouse frames. It just takes two different coats of paint and some distressing.
1.) Coat the entire frame with pink paint
I first coated the whole frame with the pink paint. I painted the edges first and then the front.
2.) Dry the first coat
Since the base coat must be completely dry before adding the top coat, I sped up the process by using my blow dryer on it.
3.) Paint a top coat of white
Once the pink paint was completely dry, I painted the top coat of Cloudy Day White. Again, using the blow dryer technique, I sped up the drying process until the paint was completely dry to the touch. Once the top coat was dry, it was time to try out a wet distressing layering technique. These are the supplies I used:
4.) Distress the frame
Although there are various ways to distress paint to give it a timeworn finish, this wet sanding method gives a bit more control over how much paint is removed.
Using the dampened floor scrubber pad (similar to these ~ You must use the white color to prevent color bleeding) and working in one small section at a time, I rubbed gently in circles in the areas where I wanted to remove some of the white paint.
After rubbing gently, I would blot the area with the dry rag. This method allows you to remove just a bit of paint to reveal a hint of the color underneath, or if you keep rubbing, it will go right down to the bare wood (which I did in some areas, too.)
5.) Seal the frame with acrylic wax
After it was distressed the way I liked, I sealed the whole frame with a coat of Cottage Paint’s Acrylic Wax (in flat sheen).
I loved how just a few coats of paint totally transformed a dark and dismal frame into something bright and cheery!
Want an even more rustic looking finish for your frames? Check out this easy tutorial on how to create a crackle paint finish.
More Home Decor Projects
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Originally published March 8, 2017. Updated March 2018.