Whitewash a Frame for a Fresh New Look with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paints

Whitewash a Frame for a Fresh New Look with DecoArt Curb Appeal Paints

I’m in the midst of redecorating and changing colors in my living room, dining room, kitchen, and entry.  Here’s a technique I used to update a picture frame and mirror frame to give them a brand new look.


I started with a hand-me-down picture from my sister which I’d had in my dining room for several years.  I had redecorated the dining room by adding board and batten wainscoting and repainting with white and a soft dirty grey.  The old frame on this bistro scene was very ornate and dark.  With the fresh light wall colors, I wanted to lighten up the picture frame to suit the room, so I figured what did I have to lose, so jumped right in.

First I applied blue painter’s tape around the inside edge of the frame to protect the glass.

Using DecoArt Americana Decor Curb Appeal Farmhouse White, I poured a small amount into a little paint bucket, loaded a 1-1/2″ chip brush, and started lightly drybrushing the paint over the frame.  Start by painting the high points of the frame, then as you want more coverage you can dab the brush into the crevices.






Here’s a very short video showing me drybrushing the white over the frame.

Add more paint until you’ve reached a coverage that you like. The dark should remain in the crevices to give the texture of the frame depth. Let dry, then remove tape.  The Curb Appeal paint dries to a semi-gloss finish, so no need to add varnish.

Bistro scene with whitewashed frame in my dining room.

Mirror frame which I whitewashed. This frame had been crackled with Black and Metallic Gold.

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