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Paint Old Frames to Update Your Decor

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Are you looking for an easy (and cheap) update for your home decor?  Then paint old frames and add some pretty prints that you love!

In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, I thought I would share a post referring to one of my favorite bible scriptures about love…Love never fails.  My husband had this scripture engraved into my wedding ring before we were married, so it’s special to me.

1 Corinthians 13:8 Love Never Fails.

Paint old frames to update your decor!
Engraving of Love Never Fails in wedding ring.

The engraving is a bit challenging to see in the above photo, but you get the idea.

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I’ve always wanted to find a way to incorporate this verse into my home’s decor, but never found anything that worked…until I came across some VERY ugly old prints that I considered throwing out.  Instead of purging them, I decided to repaint them, because that’s what I do!

I searched everywhere for a “before” photo of these prints and frames, but I had no luck.  Take my word for it, they were ugly!

I took the prints out of the old frames and used an off-white chalk paint in two thin layers to cover the old print.  After it dried completely, I traced Love Never Fails onto the print and used black chalk paint to fill it in.

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To get the template, I just typed the verse into my word processing program, enlarged it, and found a font I liked.  I also printed our initials and traced them onto the two smaller prints.

For the frames, I used some left over Urbane Bronze paint by Sherwin Williams.  I have that color in so many places in my home!  It is a great dark, neutral color that looks wonderful in just about every lighting.

Here are some more after shots:

Urbane bronze used on old frame, then painted initial over old print.
Urbane Bronze paint on frame; initial painted with black chalk paint.

Paint Old Frames to Update Your Decor!

Painting old frames with Love Never Fails and initials

I’m so glad I invested a little bit of time to paint old frames and transform them into something that fits into my world.  Have you tried painting over frames and/or prints?  If you have some old wall art that you were considering getting rid of, you should definitely give it a try.  You have nothing to lose!


NOTE:  I couldn’t find a link to the exact chalk paints I used.  So, I tried to find similar products for your convenience.

  • Old frames (I bet you have some!)
  • Off-white chalk paint
  • Black chalk paint
  • Urbane Bronze by Sherwin Williams
  • Paint brush

I’d love to hear from you.  Please share the projects you’ve been working on.  Looking for a fun, Valentine’s Day craft?!  Check out my Valentine’s String Heart Banner.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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