DIY || Pastel Photo Frames

Today I have a post that's a little different but I wanted to show you a DIY I did recently for my new bedroom. I bought some watercolour prints from the Esty shop Oh Gosh, Cindy! months ago but hadn't been able to put them up because I couldn't find any A4 frames I liked the look of. After moving into my new flat I realised I really needed to hunt some frames down so I could finally get them up and make my walls look a little less bare. 
Sadly, this was easier said than done. I was looking in Wilko's at their selection but none of them were quite right, they either looked cheap, dated or both! I was just about to give up when a light bulb went on in my head and I realised there was a ridiculously simple solution. I could just buy a frame I liked the shape of and paint it the colour I wanted. Like I said, so simple I'm kind of embarrassed it took me so long to think of the idea!
Anyway here's a few pictures I took as I was going along. I apologise for the quality as it was late so not the best lightning but I'm sure you'll get the general idea.

The frames cost me £2.70 each which you can find here and I bought a paint sample for £1.55 (here) which was actually on a deal so I got another tester for free. Bargain!
I simply took the glass and backing off so I was left with just the frame and then using a plastic bag to protect my carpet, I started painting. I actually used a cheap make up brush as I didn't have a paint brush to hand but it still worked a treat. I did two coats as the first one was quite patchy but the paint dried super quick so that wasn't a problem. 

And here's the finished result. I'm genuinely impressed with how well these turned out and I can't believe how simple it was. After seeing how easy and affordable this was, I'll definitely be more likely to take things in to my own hands for future projects as well. Success all round! 


  1. Lovely tutorial! Do you mind if I maybe do one day do a tutorial similar to this? &&Would you like to check out my blog and follow me on bloglovin & gfc (I follow back instantly)? :)


    1. Yeah go for it! This post was meant to inspire people to get creative, it'd be great if you'd give me credit for the idea though :) I'll check out your blog now x

  2. hey! just followed you on bloglovin :) great blog! lovely idea for updating old frames x x x

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :) x