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Vintage Frames

Take any plain frame and transform it into something special with these instructions and some paint.

Photography: Mike Krautter

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Plain frame

  • Sandpaper

  • Cotton cloth


  1. Clean the frame by wiping it down with glass cleaner to remove any dirt, dust, or oil.

  2. Using the Vintage Decor brush, paint the frame with a base color of your choice. Wait for it to completely dry before painting a second coat of the base color if necessary.

  3. Paint your next color directly over your previous color. Let dry completely (about 2 hours).

  4. Using sandpaper, begin distressing your frame by sanding in areas where you want to create a "worn" effect.

  5. Wipe off any excess sanding dust.

  6. Taking the paintbrush or a clean cotton cloth, apply a layer of Vintage Decor Clear Wax. Let dry completely.

  7. Next, using the paintbrush or a clean cotton cloth, apply a light layer of Vintage Decor Dark Wax. Let dry completely. Your project will cure on its own and be ready for use in 7 days!

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