I have. And while this blog post will not explain the economics of wooden, epoxy, plastic, or other frames, I will show you how to repaint picture frames.
You can see that I started with 16 mismatched frames from every genre and era of home decor. After sanding, priming and painting, I came out with a fresh set that I would eventually use on a 20-frame picture wall. Here are some tips on the repainting process:
After removing the glass and backing, sand the wooden frames. I used a hand-sander which only took seconds to strip every surface of the frame. If there were grooves or notches in the design, I busted out the sandpaper and rubbed just enough to give the wood some teeth to grab the primer.
For the plastic, metal, and epoxy frames I had primer in two forms standing by. Spray primer to get into all the little etchings and grooves, and primer in a can for the frames I could hit effectively with a brush. This made the project easier while being cost-effective. I already had the can of primer so there was no out-of-pocket there. Spray primer costs $4-6 per spray can (and goes fast in a big job like this).
To paint: Again, to save on costs, I used two paint mediums-spraypaint and a can of paint. I spent $4 each on Glidden White in gloss. Then used what I always have handy, the paint on our doors and moulding, Colorwheel in Oyster, glossy.
After I had the desired coverage, which took three coats after primer on some of the more stubborn plastic or acrylic frames, I gave it some eye-catching character.
Using sandpaper, I antiqued the frames. This was so easy. I just swiped gently across the edges, grooves, and textures to reveal previous color beneath the new paint.
Lastly, I covered it in a couple clear coats of polyurethane. I varied the polyurethane coats, opting for some to be more glossy than others. This was personal preference and while keeping the overall look consistent, it gave a subtle contrast to the collection.