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How To Upgrade A Wood Picture Frame With 4 Easy Staining Tips

How To Upgrade A Wood Picture Frame With 4 Easy Staining Tips

Upgrade basic picture frames with this super simple DIY. Discover the impact stain has, along with helpful staining tips.

UPGRADE BASIC PICTURE FRAMES

This unique picture frame came from Target. It was on clearance for only $14.98! I had been looking for an antique window frame to upcycle into a picture frame for awhile. 

The picture frame was actually meant to be a collage float frame, but I had a much bigger idea in mind. I already knew the exact picture that I wanted to place in the frame. 🙂

tips on staining a wood picture frame

UPGRADING IS ALL ABOUT AESTHETICS

I knew I needed to upgrade the frame & show it some DIY love to “match” the aesthetic of the picture. After all, it’s all about aesthetics, right? Or… perhaps it could be that I can never leave things alone…

Usually I fly by the seat of my pants on most projects, figuring things out as I go. Not with this DIY… I knew the exact picture I wanted in the frame, where to hang it, & a DIY plan to upgrade this basic frame.

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WHAT WAS MY DIY PLAN TO UPGRADE THIS BASIC FRAME?

Since the frame was wood, my plan was to stain it, using stain from previous DIY projects. The best part with any DIY is already having all of the supplies in your stash! By using supplies I already had, this super simple & easy DIY cost me zero dollars.


We removed the hardware from the frame, protected the glass with paper, & the rest was history. We stained the frame with 2 coats of Cabot’s Wood Stain in Red Oak. I’m so in love with the color of this stain, absolutely gorgeous!

 HELPFUL STAINING TIPS

1. Give the stain a quick stir before use; otherwise, you won’t get that deep, gorgeous color. **If you apply it without stirring, it will have a water-like consistency & will add only a very light color to your wood. (Unless of course, that’s the look you’re going for.)

2. If you’re using it for a small project, a cheap foam craft brush works well for applying the stain.

3. Make sure you’re using in a well-ventilated area.

4. If you’re staining a project that would be subjected to wear & tear, apply a poly for a protective top coat. Since I didn’t apply stain to the back of the frame, I didn’t have to worry about it rubbing or transferring off on my wall; so I did not apply a poly top coat.

THE IMPACT OF A GOOD STAIN

upgrade a wood frame with a beautiful stain

I love how this super simple & easy DIY turned out. It looks AMAZING & looks soooo good with our wedding picture. 🙂 If you have a super basic wood frame, don’t be afraid to show it some love with a gorgeous wood stain.

FALL IN LOVE WITH CABOT

I highly recommend the Cabot brand Wood Stain. It’s an awesome product that has amazing coverage. I especially love the Red Oak stain. The red oak stain has a modern & vintage feel to it. Not to mention, stained wood adds an incredible amount of “warmth” & texture to any space.

wood stained frame with cabot wood stain before and after

Grab a Cabot Wood Stain in your favorite color, some cheap foam craft brushes & upgrade your basic wooden picture frames.

Ban The Basic!

Love, Peace & Happiness,

Hippie & Sparky

 

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