Chalk Decorative Paint: Picture Perfect Frame




A hallway showing a table with flowers placed on top of it. Above that, on the wall is a large picture. The frame of the picture was painted using Behr’s decorative chalk paint.
Perhaps you have something similar to our project here.  A painting or picture you inherited, found at a garage sale or did yourself.  It might be quite good and you just can’t seem to throw it away, but the frame is just a little too flashy, too shabby, or just not the right color for your space.  You would hang it up if it looked a little better, but framing can be costly.  Here is where Behr® Chalk Decorative Paint can save you time, money, and present the perfect color solution!
To complete this project you will need the following:
Tools and Materials:
Behr® Chalk Decorative Paint in Dusty Laurel BCP24
Behr® Wax Decorative Finish in Clear and Dark
Sandpaper or sanding block
Clean rag
Picture frame in need of love
Here is our painting, we love the image of this tranquil forested lake, but the frame had definitely seen better days.
A tight crop of the picture frame that was painted with Behr’s decorative chalk paint.
Step 1: Prep
Prepping your surface is always a good idea.  Remove any dirt and residue with a gentle cleaning solution and allow it to dry.  Lightly sand the surface of your frame and brush off dust.
A corner of the picture frame. A person is sanding the frame using a sanding block.
Step 2: Paint
With your brush paint the frame in the color of your choice.  Be sure to get the paint into all the little nooks and crannies of the details.  Allow to dry and apply a second coat if necessary/desired.
A person using a paint brush to apply Behr’s decorative chalk paint in a light green color.
Step 3: Create an antiqued look (optional)
If you’d like your piece to have an antiqued look you can sand the high points of your piece with your sanding block.
A corner of the painted picture frame. A person is sanding the painted frame using a sanding block.
Step 4: Apply wax
Each wax color produces it’s own look, and each combination of wax colors produces a different look as well.  With this frame we wanted a more delicate look so we started with an application of the clear wax.
A person using a rag to apply Behr’s decorative clear wax to the painted frame.
We followed the Clear wax application with the Dark wax to give subtle emphasis to the frame’s details.
A person using a rag to apply Behr’s decorative dark wax to the painted frame.
Et Voila! A beautifully refurbished frame, ready to adorn your walls once again.
A tight crop of the finished picture frame hanging on the wall.
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Colorfully yours,

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Comments (2)

  • Vi says...

    What kind of brush do I use to get into all the detail? Thank you.

    • Deanna Torrez says...

      Hello Vi, thank you for visiting our blog!

      You can use a regular paint brush and a chalk paint brush too.
      You can find both at your local Home Depot.

      Hope this helps!

      Colorfully Yours,


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