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! 
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GOLD Picture Frames - IKEA Hack


This frugal girl LOVES your frugal tips, that look like luxury without the huge price tag! Brilliant...

Thank you, Tana!!

Love how you turned a rather standard frame into something so gorgeous and unique! Love how they look in your home!!!


Christina your frames and prints look amazing!! I’ve seen those same frames at IKEA before and wished they were gold -- Want to try for sure!!

Thank you, Judy!!

Thank you so much for this, I just placed my order for my master bedroom refresh!! I just wish I had thought about Ikea frames when I did my gold gallery wall and used 6 of the 16x20 frames from Target at.

Aw man! Well at least you have this in your back pocket now! :)

Oh Christina, what a great DIY! I love those oversized frames.

Thank you, Jackie!

Christina - all I can say is WOW!! Love how gorgeous this IKEA hack turned out! Your decor is always on point and these gorgeous frames and prints look fabulous in your beautiful home! So fun joining you on this blog hop!
xo, Beth

Thank you so much Beth! So much fun!!

I am looking to hang 24 by 36 lomviken frames too! I am looking to use them without the mat as I am doing posters. Noticed I would need to do custom
Size printing as the frame size is no standard. How was your experience with Picture salon? Assuming you are out of state and the posters are shipped as a roll, was there any problems with creasing/folds? Also, curious what type of hanger you used? Is it a sawtooth hanger?

I love picture salon and have used them often! It ships across the country and I've had no problems with folds/creasing. It does come in a roll so I usually lay prints flat with weight on the corners for a day to make it easier to install in the frame. Yes - the Lomviken frames come with sawtooth hangers on the back. :)  

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