How to make a shabby vintage frame

Yesterday I went to my local D.I. and found some cheap **UGLY** frames that had a little bit of this and that to them.... *see the below pic?*
You've probably got some of these ugly gold things lying around the house.

Anyways... I spray painted it white....

I then got some "brown" paint (or burnt umber) and added some water to thin it out...

I let it drip into some of the cracks

and then I painted a few streaks here and there (dabbing some parts with a paper towel- or smearing some with my finger- **Very watered down mind you...)

and PRESTO... and a vintage frame for only a buck. Man I'm good.

*You can even add a cutesy flower to spruce it up.


  1. thanks!
    and i found you at tip junkie :D


  2. Saw this on Tip Junkie-- great idea!! This could be a really cute Valentine's Day gift :)

  3. Very cute idea! I love repurposing thrifty finds!

  4. Thanks!! I will be trying this for sure! (saw it at tip junkie!)

  5. Another to add to my shabby collection! Great idea!