GOLD Picture Frames - IKEA Hack

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GOLD Picture Frames - IKEA Hack

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We don't shy away from DIYs around here. I'm always reminded of just how frugal I am when I want to switch up décor in my house. I change things up often so I learned real quick that I have to get creative to justify the change (click here for 5 inexpensive ways to refresh a space).

When I started incorporating more touches of gold into my decor, I set out on a quest to find affordable 24x36 thin gold picture frames and cactus prints for my formal living room. I quickly discovered that nothing I liked was in the price range I wanted - so it was time to get creative. 
LOMVIKEN Aluminum Frame

I went to IKEA and found these 24x36 LOMVIKEN aluminum frames for $24.99/ea., took them home and used my favorite gold spray paint on them – Rustoleum Hammered Gold Rush Metal Finish Spray. I also did this with the SILVERHOJDEN IKEA frames, which I have in my entryway.

I’ve used that spray paint on several things in my house, like these wall sconces from World Market. I usually apply 3-4 coats so it doesn’t look hammered because I don’t prefer that look, but if you do then just apply a couple of light coats. 

To achieve the look I simply removed the acrylic, matt and backing so I was left with just the frame, and sprayed each one with four coats of the gold spray paint outside where it's well ventilated. 

GOLD Picture Frames - IKEA Hack
The cactus prints are digital prints I purchased on Etsy and had printed on enhanced matte paper from Picture Salon online in a custom 20x28 size to be slightly larger than the mat opening. I positioned the print in the frame and used tape to adhere it to the back of the mat. This is a money saving tip if you're using a mat and don't need a print the full size of the frame. 
GOLD Picture Frames - IKEA Hack
Bottom line: you can pay less than $125 for two large 24x36 pieces of gold framed art if you put a little effort and creativity into it. That is a STEAL for frames and art.
Tell me some of your favorite IKEA hacks in the comments below, and then be sure to hop over to Jackie with Finding Lovely because I know you're going to love her floral macrame wall hanging! 
Finding Lovely Floral Macrame Wall Hanging



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GOLD Picture Frames - IKEA Hack