DIY: How to restore an old picture frame

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Blogger Germarie Bruwer shares tips on how to renew an old frame by retrofitting a new one on top.

Let’s face it; framing is super expensive! And while a gorgeous frame definitely adds to the effect an artwork has, it can be a costly exercise. Here’s how I took a painting from beautiful to stunning in a few short steps!

How to dress up an old frame

You will need:
Wooden skirting (I used a 94mm profiled skirting)
Mitre box and hand saw
Paint (I used matt black water-based enamel)
Brush or foam roller
Caulking gun with cornice adhesive

Step 1: Measure

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to measure at least three times and then measure again. The success of this project depends on your accuracy! I wanted to leave a little bit of the existing frame exposed, so I measured what the interior length of the new frame should be.

Step 2: Cut

Using the mitre box and hand saw, cut the corners of your skirting at 45° angles. Always check before cutting that your measurement for the INSIDE EDGE of the frame is still correct. Then quickly sand the cut edges to ensure that they are nice and even.

Step 3: Paint

Paint the 4 pieces of moulding in the colour of your choice. Remember to paint the 4 sides as well! Allow to dry.

Step 4: Fix

Use the cornice adhesive to fix the moulding to the existing frame. Weight it down if necessary to ensure that it dries in the right position.

Step 5: Fill

If there are slight gaps at the corners, fill those in with your cornice adhesive, using a clean wet cloth to wipe away any excess. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Touch up

Use a thin brush to paint the adhesive to match the rest of the frame. Then hang up and admire your new artwork!

Happy DIY-ing!

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