How to Chalk Paint Picture Frames

Pinterest pin before and after chalk painting frames (before is gold and after is off-white)


I have had this gold frame for several years. Over the years, styles change so picture frames get outdated. So, let’s get started on how to chalk paint picture frames.


When our children were little, I purchased these pictures. They reminded me of Ryan and Emmy who are now grown. Yes, I am sentimental.

You can always buy new frames…but I like to repurpose things when possible. So to update them, I broke out the chalk paint and gave these frames a new look! No matter how big or small, paint (in this case chalk paint) transforms furniture, lamps, picture frames, etc.

Chalk Painting:

I used my favorite primitive color that I buy from Home Depot.

Each picture frame has two coats of chalk paint. Next, I lightly wiped away some of the paint to allow the gold to peek through, especially on some of the raised areas.

Here is a closeup. I like how it turned out.

Ready to Use the Updated Chalk Painted Picture Frames:

I found a quote I liked. It seemed perfect for our guest bedroom. I printed it on linen paper and inserted it in the frame.

And below are the other frames.


Finally, the last step is to apply Minwax Wipe-On Poly (polyurethane) with a dust-free rag.

Using hangITstrips to hang pictures:

Remember to hang your updated picture frames with hangITstrips so you can pinpoint the exact location for your nails without all the crazy measuring!

Do you have some picture frames that need updating? Grab a brush and some paint!

To learn how to make hooks from old picture frames and vintage doorknobs, click HERE.

Check out some of my other chalk painting blog posts:

Don’t forget to Pin for future reference.

pinterest pin how to chalk paint picture frame

Happy DIYing!

Let me know what you think or if you have any questions about how to chalk paint picture frames by commenting below.


  1. Claudia on 09/11/2020 at 9:22 AM


  2. Caitlin on 09/11/2020 at 11:09 AM

    Clever way to update frames! I’m gonna do this to some of mine.

  3. Jakki on 09/11/2020 at 11:11 AM

    Never thought of that! Smart idea!

  4. Jamie on 09/11/2020 at 1:43 PM

    I like the quote too.

  5. Cindy on 09/12/2020 at 8:38 AM

    What a neat way to update picture frames.

  6. Carrie on 09/12/2020 at 1:56 PM

    Is the color more of a tan or gray? I am trying to update a dresser and sort of like the color you used.
    The frames look good too!

    • Suzanne on 09/12/2020 at 6:39 PM

      Hey Carrie,
      This is my favorite chalk paint color. Search my blog for “chalk paint” and you will see it on several other things.

      It is a little more tan than gray but more like a taupe – – a mix of both. I like it because it goes with everything. The top of the jar looks darker than it is in reality. However, poly makes it a little darker. Let me know if you use it for something!


  7. Mary Ann on 09/13/2020 at 8:54 AM

    Where did you find the praying children? I have twin grandchildren.

    • Suzanne on 09/13/2020 at 1:34 PM

      Hey Mary Ann,

      So sorry I have no idea where I purchased these because it was many years ago when our kiddos were little. I do love them too! So sorry!


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