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Craft Show Displays : Part 2 – Refinishing Picture Frames

Part 2 of my 3 part Craft Show tips series!  If you haven’t read Part 1, go ahead and do so now, so you can see why I’m doing this!  In part 1, I showed you how I turned two thrift store frames into jewelry stands, and in this part, I’m going to show you how I refinished a bunch of funky frames so that they all matched and had a cohesive look.

But first, let me show you the “before” shot. In part 1, I mentioned that I bought $29 worth of items to refinish, repurpose and reuse in my booth, and here’s everything I scored (at Goodwill) for less than $30!


The Texas shaped basket was the most expensive item at $4, but since we now live in Texas, I’ve learned the people here are fiercely proud of their state!  I intend on making a few Texas themed metal stamped items and displaying them in this basket, and I really thought it would be appropriate.  The two beige frames in the top row are from Part 1 of this series where I turned them into burlap jewelry stands.  The wooden board on the right will be turned into a chalkboard sign (in part 3!), and I’ll also discuss what I’m using the basket and 2 vases for on the middle right in part 3.

Right now, lets focus on all these frames!  I wanted uniquely shaped and decorated frames to showcase some of my photography work, and I knew I’d refinish them, so I didn’t care so much what color they were, but rather their shape and matter of ornate-ness.  Here’s the ones we’re going to refinish:IMG_3650.JPG

To prepare the frames, begin by dismantling them to remove the glass, innards and backing.  You’ll also want to wipe them down with a damp towel, allow them to dry, and lightly sand them with 220 grit sand paper to rough up their surface.  Lay them outside on a tarp or newspaper in a well-ventilated area.  If you have some wooden blocks, you might want to prop them up so you can easily spray the sides, but if not, laying them on your tarp will work just fine.



To get the frames ready for their paint, I highly suggest priming them.  This will help whatever paint you are using better adhere to the frame.  My favorite is Krylon All-Purpose Gray Interior and Exterior Decorator Primer , but if you have a lot of plastic frames, Krylon Plastic Primer might work better for you.  Whatever you go with, read and follow all directions for that product.  For me, it included spraying them and waiting 10 minutes before moving on to the color.


Like I mentioned, I wanted a cohesive look, so I picked two colors to paint all of my frames – I wanted to match the teal in my photography logo, so I went with Krylon Catalina Mist for half of the frames, and plain white for the other half.  Check out how pretty it looks (on my favorite frame of the bunch!)



I ended up needing two coats of spray paint to fully coat the frames.  Make sure you follow the directions for drying time between coats.

Here they are all done!IMG_3655.JPG


I can’t wait to pick out my favorite prints from my sessions to fill these frames with!  The long rectangular one in the front is a mirror so that customers purchasing jewelry can see what it looks like while wearing it.

Stay tuned for part 3!

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