By using antiquing glaze, I gave my picture frame that aged look I wanted without having to sand. I like it because it’s hard to screw up. It also adds a lot of dimension to the picture frame and is good for toning down colors that may be a little too bold on their own. You can find antiquing glaze at Lowe’s and other hardware stores for about $8-$9.
For this project I used:
Wood picture frame (thrift store)
Primer–(Valspar Red Oxide)
Paint (Rust-Oleum Satin Spray Paint in Heritage Red)
Antiquing glaze (Valspar in Asphaltum)
Clear coat* (Valspar Clear Sealer Gloss)
Rag or paper towels, slightly damp
*Use if desired. I didn’t end up using it for this frame.
Prepare the frame by wiping off any dirt and debris.
Apply primer. Once dry, apply spray paint. It’s better to do 2-3 thin coats than to make the first coat too thick. Allow the frame to dry completely.
Once the frame is dry, you’re ready to glaze! Pour a couple of tablespoons of glaze into a bowl or cup.
Once a small area is covered, go back and wipe away excess with a rag before it dries. Glaze has a very thin consistency, like really watered down paint, so it will wipe away easily. If you wipe away too much, just apply more.