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DIY: Pearlescent Picture Frames

To make your own tabletop gallery, apply pearly metallic paint to wood frames. It's a charming way to give plain objects pizzazz or tie dissimilar ones into a cohesive focal point.

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Step 1: Remove Back and Glass From Frame

Remove back and glass from frame; wipe frame thoroughly with soft cloth.

Step 2: Apply Primer

Using vertical strokes, apply a coat of primer to frame; let dry for two hours.

Step 3: Apply Satin Cream Paint

Using horizontal strokes, apply a light coat of Plaid’s Apple Barrel "Satin Cream" paint to frame; let dry for two hours.

Step 4: Apply Metallic Champagne Paint

Using diagonal strokes, apply a light coat of Plaid’s FolkArt "Metallic Champagne" paint, allowing previous color to show in some areas; let dry for two hours.

Step 5: Apply Oyster Pearl Paint

Using vertical strokes, apply a coat of Deco Art’s Dazzling Metallics "Oyster Pearl" paint; let dry for two hours.

Step 6: Mix and Apply Paints

Mix Oyster Pearl with Plaid’s FolkArt "Metallic Pearl White" paint; use diagonal strokes to apply a coat of the mixed paint. Using light strokes, apply another layer of mixed paint in some areas to create mottled mother-of-pearl effect. Let dry for two hours.

Step 7: Apply Sealer

Apply one or two light coats of spray sealer to entire frame; let dry for at least one hour before replacing glass and backing.

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