Faux metal picture frame

Plain picture frames are simple to make, but the addition of texture to this one converts a plain frame into a stylish frame that, would normally cost major bucks. For this project, we suggest you use offcuts of PAR pine wood. Then you can add a distinctive faux metal finish to complete the frame.

The basic picture frame we made was made using SupaWood which was cut to size, with simple butt joints glued together.

To get started, you’ll need to glue and clamp the frame sections together until the glue dries. Pin glass pins to hold the display glass, and then you place mats and the picture at the back of the frame.


To hold the frame securely while the glue dries, use a strap clamp like the one shown above.


Alternatively, you can use strap clamps for a variety of gluing projects.


The finish on our faux steel frame is easy to replicate and readily available at your local hardware store.

The first step to getting your faux metal finish is to prime the frame by applying a basecoat of paint. The colour should complement the finished colour you want for your frame, be it steel, copper, or bronze, etc.

After this is done, apply a thin layer of ready-mixed interior crack filler.


Use a paint scraper knife to apply the filler over the surface of the frame.

Load the knife with filler and begin applying a thin layer of it to the frame.

As you apply, turn the knife to create lines and texture across the surface and leave parts of the frame bare to add depth. Do this on both the face and edges of the frame.

If you’re not happy with the look – you can always scrape off and re-apply parts of the frame after it has dried.


For the top coat use Plascon Metallic Paint in gold, silver or bronze.

Use a foam paint roller to paint the coated surface and an artist’s paintbrush for the outside edges.

Coat a soft, lint-free cloth into the paint and dab randomly over the finish. This reflects light differently and creates more depth.


If you want even more effect, mix 2 parts paint to one part scumble glaze and brush this over the surface, using a soft, lint-free cloth to dab off and create a multi-toned finish.

Remember, we have more exiting DIY projects that you could try out. Just go to the DesignSnaps website and get inspired by all the lovely home DIY inspirations that are available in our DIY Book

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