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Posted on Antique look for gold picture frames

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 04:32 PM

Thanks for the comments, people.

I finally decided to do something considerably different from a simple antiquing job. The frame had already been painted gold, and that gold just looked too shiny-new. Rather than start over, I just layered some Rustoleum “hammered” surface paint over the interior section (see top photo) and then hit that area with a reddish primer and then some paint with a rough surface texture, and then hit those with two spray coats of really dark brown, all done one right after the other. Blue masking tape was used to keep the gold protected. Then, after removing the masking tape, I hit the works with a flat-finish clear coat which dulled the whole works down. Most of the project was a hit or miss proposition, and I was prepared to build a while new frame if necessary. Fortunately, I got that store-bought frame looking satisfactory to my wife, with the gold subdued and somewhat aged looking and the brown central area looking 100 years old! The painting itself is a Venetian plaster item, with acrylic paint that itself looks vintage.

Before and after photos attached.

Howard Ferstler

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