I love these old Victorian picture frames. Originally they were usually gold gilded. I sometimes do gilding, but shiny gold picture frames aren't much in style right now. So, I look for other ways to bring new life to these old gems.
This particular frame is for an 8" x 10" picture. It dates back to around 1885.
It is called a "reverse" frame, because of the way the outside edges of the frame are flat against the wall, while the center is raised, to lift the picture.
I wanted to modernize the look a little bit, so instead of gilding this one, I chose flat black paint.
I didn't do anything special here. I just cleaned up the frame with some soapy water and a toothbrush. I let it dry and then shot it with flat black spray paint.
My cost on this antique frame was $5.00, plus a can of paint. Hope you like it.
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