I love dollar store picture frames! The ones I usually purchase are from $1.00-$6.00 at the Dollar General or the Dollar Tree. I always get the ones that are actual wood because they are more versatile. Here are three easy, simple ways I revamped some dollar store frames.
The center picture with the horse is actually one of three of these pictures that I framed. The print is from an old horse book that I purchased at a flea market for $1.00. I simply photocopied three of my favorite illustrations from the book on some old looking resume’ paper. I made the boarder out of scrap book paper I had bought years ago at Michael’s. The frame itself came from the Dollar General and was $3.00. When I first got it, it was dark, shiny, and I just didn’t like it. I wanted it to look more old and worn in. Therefore, I removed the glass from frame, grabbed one of my husband’s heavy duty chains, and gave it a couple gentle whacks to achieve those random little nicks that occur over time. After that, I hunted down a wood chisel and scraped a few of the edges. Finally, I used my handy-dandy sandpaper and gave the entire frame a good scrub especially focusing on the corners where natural wear would occur. I was really please with how they turned out; they look much more expensive than an $3.00 Dollar Store frame and really complement the antique equestrian prints.
All I did to this frame was spray paint it with a metallic gold paint. The heart is one I printed off the web and also gave it a quick, light spray of the paint. The quote, from the Hunger Games of course, is something I just made up on Microsoft Word and printed off. This literally took me maybe 10 minutes and looks great in our bedroom.
I didn’t do a thing to this frame itself, but instead jazzed up the picture with some leaves (also purchased at the Dollar General). I typed up and printed off this picture on Word and it really complements my fall mantel decor!