How To Update a Plastic Picture Frame

Hi, guys!

Today I bring you a really easy DIY, you know, the ones I really love because you have them done in less than one hour, really!!

I was shopping at the dollar store and I bumped into this kind of silver plastic picture frame. I liked the shape but I didn’t like it looked cheap, so I was convinced I could solve that, especially when it was so cheap. You’ll find some affiliate links for your convenience, but you know I only recommend what I use and love.

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As soon as I reached home I removed the back and the glass, took a brush and one of my favorite colors, Primitive from DecoArt. I raised the picture with two pots so this way it would be easier and less messy to paint it.

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I only needed one coat and I let it dry. I decided not to distress or age it, I really liked how it looked this way.

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When it dried I used some varnish to protect it and it was done. I used the Ultra Matte Varnish from DecoArt as well, my favorite as it is really matte and I didn’t want any shine on this picture frame.

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So what do you think? Doesn’t it look fantastic? Now it seems it is a real wooden frame but it cost me almost nothing! I’m a huge fan of the power of paint 🙂

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Do you like updating things in your home too? I would love to know which is your favorite one.

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Thanks for stopping by,



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  1. Mary-the boondocks blog says:

    Pili I had a few of those and painted them also. I really dislike the plastic frames. The chalk paint is fantastic and it gives real substance to the plastic. You wouldn’t know it was plastic at all.

    • Pili says:

      Exactly, plastic frames look awful but there is no need to buy expensive wood ones when we have some paint at reach.

  2. indah nuria says:

    Pili..It’s been quite some times I haven’t visited your blog. But as always, I love all your DIY projects! They always turn out beautiful..just like this one. Cheers from NYC

  3. Katrin says:

    It does look so real Pili! What a fantastic idea and I love the tone you used!! And I also love easy and cheap but beautiful projects like this one!!

    • Pili says:

      That is one of my favorite tones, it looks good either on furniture or little things like this frame

  4. Keri says:

    Pili, it looks like a wooden frame now. It’s amazing what paint can do and how it really transforms things. This is a great idea and of course, you can’t beat the cost.

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