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Repurpose Your Old Picture Frames with Chalk Mineral Paint and Decoupage

Easy Decoupage Paper Craft

Ever stumbled upon old picture frames that don't mesh with your current home decor? Whether tucked away in a basement or discovered at a flea market, these frames often sit unused. But what if you could transform repurpose old picture frames into something spectacular? In this blog post, we'll walk you through how to breathe new life into these forgotten treasures using simple decoupage and chalk paint techniques. Not only will you end up with a unique piece of decor, but you'll also have the satisfaction of a DIY project well done.

What You'll Need


First things first, let's gather the supplies:

Prepping Your Picture Frame


Clean and Prepare

Start by dismantling the frame. Remove the glass and set aside the backing. Mix 1/2 tablespoon of White Lightning with 32 ounces of hot water in your spray bottle. Thoroughly spray and clean both the wooden frame and glass using your sponge. Rinse and let dry.


Once dry, lightly sand the wooden parts to enhance paint and stain adherence.

Priming the Glass

Apply Dixie Belle Bonding Boss to the glass. This primer prevents future chipping and ensures better paint adherence. Let it dry for 24 hours.

Sanding picture frame with fine grit sand paper

Let’s Paint!


Staining the Wood

While your primer dries, start staining the wooden frame with Voodoo Gel Stain. Use your chip brush to apply a layer of stain, creating a rich, textured look.

Adding Depth

For added depth, dry brush "White Magic" stain over the stained areas. Remember, less is more when dry brushing; you want to highlight, not overpower.

adding depth to the picture frame

depth added to the frame

Applying the Decoupage


Paint the Background

Once your primer is set, paint the glass piece with "Fluff" chalk paint from Dixie Belle to create a crisp background that will make your decoupage pop. One coat should do it!

adding to the background

Size Your Paper 

Match the decoupage paper to the size of the glass by tracing and cutting it to fit perfectly.

sizing the decoupage paper

Adhering the Paper

Start at one corner and apply a thin layer of Pentart Decoupage Glue. Carefully lay the paper down, smoothing out any bubbles as you go. Finish by sealing the paper with another coat of glue.

adding the finishing touches

Finishing Touches


Add Character

Enhance the frame's charm by applying Chameleon Wax by Dixie Belle. Use your fingers for precision, building up the wax in the frame's ridges for a subtle, color-shifting effect.


Once everything is dry, put the glass back into the frame, secure the backing, and close the clasps.

Admire Your Work


Congratulations! You've turned a forgotten frame into a masterpiece. Find the perfect spot in your home, and enjoy your handcrafted decor.

Repurposed old picture frame finished

For a More Detailed Dive: Here’s This Project in 10 Easy Steps.

Detailed Step-by-Step Guide to Repurpose Old Picture Frames: Frame Prep


1. Cleaning

Properly cleaning your frame is crucial for a smooth finish. Use the White Lightning solution liberally and don't skimp on the scrubbing—especially if the frame has old residue or varnish.

2. Sanding

Use fine-grit sandpaper for sanding. This isn't just about smoothing; it's about creating a surface that your stains and paints can adhere to more effectively.

3. Priming

Don't rush the drying process after applying the Bonding Boss. A solid 24-hour dry time ensures that the primer sets completely, preventing future peeling or chipping.

Painting Techniques


4. Applying Stain

When applying the Voodoo Gel Stain, work in sections and use even strokes. If you’re aiming for a vintage look, consider applying multiple thin layers, letting each layer dry in between.

5. Dry Brushing

The art of dry brushing can add incredible depth. Practice your technique on a scrap piece of wood first. Remember, you can always add more, but it’s tough to take it off once it’s on.

Decoupage Application


6. Background Painting

When painting the glass for the background, ensure no streaks remain. A smooth, even coat will make your decoupage stand out.

7. Cutting and Applying Decoupage Paper

Precision is key when trimming your decoupage paper. A sharp pair of scissors is a must-have to avoid jagged edges. When applying, start from one corner and gently smooth the paper out to avoid air bubbles.

8. Sealing the Decoupage

Once your decoupage is in place, sealing it with Pentart Decoupage Varnish & Glue not only protects your artwork but also gives it a professional finish. Apply a thin, even coat and let it dry thoroughly.

Finishing Touches


9. Applying Wax

Using Chameleon Wax adds a luxurious feel. Experiment with how much you apply to get just the right amount of sheen and color shift you desire.

10. Final Assembly

When reassembling your frame, make sure everything is clean and dry. This will prevent any moisture from getting sealed in, which could damage your artwork over time.


What if the decoupage paper wrinkles?

Wrinkles can be avoided by applying the glue smoothly and evenly. If wrinkles do appear, gently use a clean, dry brush to smooth them out before the glue dries.

Can I use other types of frames for this project?

Absolutely! While wooden frames are ideal for decoupage, you can use metal or plastic frames as well. Just make sure to use the appropriate primer for different materials.

How long should I wait before using the frame?

It’s best to wait at least 48 hours after completing your project before hanging or using the frame. This ensures everything is fully dried and set.


Revamping an old picture frame with chalk paint and decoupage is not just a craft project; it’s a way to bring a piece of art into your home decor. Each step in this process allows for personalization and creativity, making your finished product truly one-of-a-kind. So why wait? Dive into your craft supply stash and start transforming those forgotten frames into beautiful artworks today!

If you have any more questions or need further assistance with your project, feel free to ask. Happy crafting!

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