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Framed Graphic Prints for Under $10


It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for another addition the It’s So Ugly It’s Cool Challenge hosted by Jess at Domicile 37. This challenge about revamping secondhand finds and to fit your style. You can participate in the challenge on Instagram using the tag #itssouglyitscool to share your handiwork!

This month I did a super quick and easy update of some thrift store frames I had hanging out in my frame stash. I think everyone agrees that frames are one of the all-around best things to buy second-hand because they can cost so much new but are plentiful and in many cases cheap in flea markets, thrift stores, yard sales, etc.

The one caveat to that is that it is sometimes harder to find really good, attractive, well priced frames with glass, mattes, and other stuff, that–if missing–could quickly eat up your cost savings to replace. So when you find those frames that hit the trifecta, you buy them, even if they’re not perfect–yet.

Enter this set of red metal frames that Justin picked up last summer for something like $4.

FrameBeforeThey are good solid frames, nice glass, clean white mattes with a standard sized opening. All in all hard to pass up. The only problem is that I kind of hate red. This was also initially the problem with our bedroom rug, which I ended up loving, but that was the one exception. Why even attempt living with something you kind of hate when fixing it is so easy?

All these frames really needed was a coat of spray paint. I chose gold. There are actually quite a few good articles out there about the best gold spray paints (here and here are two) but I didn’t read any of them until I was in the spray paint aisle at Home Depot, and Home Depot only carries Rustoleum, so what kind of spray paint do you think I got?

I ended up using Rustoleum Metallic Paint & Primer in Pure Gold, and in truth I was kind of so-so on it. Come to find out, it only has a 2 star rating on the Home Depot website, so it’s not all that surprising. I am hereby guilty of winging it on the “picking a spray paint” front. It’s definitely more brass than gold, but that’s okay because in general I was just hoping it wouldn’t turn out orange, and it didn’t.


I will say I give huge props to people who use spray paint on everything. Just yesterday my friend Maggie posted a project where she spray painted some nightstands, and they are the height of fabulousness (seriously, click the link right now). I know spray paint is supposed to be a pretty rudimentary crafting skill, but it seems like every time I do it something turns out wrong. I don’t spray the thing evenly or it gets stuck to something while drying, but usually both. We all have unique skills and I suppose lack of skills, too. I am uniquely unskilled at spray painting.

Thankfully these frames were hard to get too wrong. I didn’t have any art that I was waiting to hang, but I did conveniently have some beautiful samples of the Farrow and Ball Aranami wallpaper. I’m considering putting it in our upstairs hallways in a third color, but these two samples go perfectly with the colors in our dining room. This is really gorgeous wallpaper, and even in the small sample size, the graphic impact is striking. These particular wallpaper samples were free (although some companies do charge a small fee), so the total cost was about $10 between the frames and the spray paint. Not bad to add a little pattern punch to this previously blank space.





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Casa Watkins // Up To Date Interiors // This is Our Bliss // Vintage Romance Style // Domicile 37