DIY: Touch of Gold Picture Frame

I wanted to frame my ultra glamorous print of Audrey Hepburn that my mom got from a vendor in NYC, but I wasn't sure what colour of frame to use since the print came with a black matte.
I thought white would be too stark of a contrast and take away from the picture, but black might be too basic.
In the end, I went with a plain black Ribba frame, to which I added a gold band on the inner part of the frame.

I love the result, and it was super easy:

1) The Supplies:
Picture Frame (I used Ribba) / Piece of art / Painters tape / Krylon 18kt Gold Leaf Pen

2) Pop the guts (glass, matte, backing etc.) out of the frame, leaving the frame only.
Carefully cover the face of the frame with painter's tape, making sure the edge is straight and clean.

3) Using the gold leaf pen, colour in the inside edge of the frame

4) Allow the paint to dry for about ten minutes

5) Peel  the tape off slowly, frame your art and enjoy!
The result is fantastically subtle. From straight on, the frame looks all black, but viewed from an angle, the touch of gold adds the perfect amount of sparkle.
all photos via Tiffany Leigh Interior Design

A super quick and easy project! What do you think?


Kim@Chattafabulous said...[Reply]

I love this Tiffany! Amazing how simple details can transform!

Anonymous said...[Reply]

Looks fabulous, Tiffany! Hope you have a great week!

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...[Reply]

Perfect and so simple. The elegance and sophistication of Audrey is enhanced!

Albertina said...[Reply]

I love this easy peasy but totally glams up your corner DIY! What a great photo too. I love those gold leaf pens. That and gold spray paint.

Taylor Morgan said...[Reply]

just stumbled upon your blog, it's so cute! I am a fashion design student in NYC but I LOVE interior design blogs, DIY, etc. Loving this DIY, I think I may just have to do it. Pinning it so I remember it! Thanks :)

Love from NYC,

Taylor Morgan Shop

Sal said...[Reply]

What fun! I love that picture of Audrey (I actually have the same one in my boudoir) and think that touch of gold adds such a nice little somethin' somethin' =)
xo Sallie

Holly Foxen Wells of Glamour Mash said...[Reply]

Tiff, that's such an awesome idea and fairly simple to do! You amaze me with all your fun and original DIYs!

Happy Wednesday (aka halfway to the weekend), beautiful!

Holly Foxen Wells

Michaela said...[Reply]

Genius! Looks great. I love the subtle touch of gold. It really gives it a little sparkle :)

Amber B (Simple Dwellings) said...[Reply]

I love this! Great idea. And I am also a huge Audrey fan. I have this same picture on the cover of one of her books! Great work!

InteriorGroupie said...[Reply]

Love this! What a classy touch to a simple black frame, great idea.

Barbara Matson said...[Reply]

I love gold leaf pens! And your frame looks amazing!

Lianna said...[Reply]

What a great way to liven up a simple frame! Makes it look very expensive!

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