DIY Gold-Corner Frames

Ok so I'm totally not sure of the "official" names of frames of this style but I love them.
I love them and it seems that they're really hard-to-find.  PERFECT recipe for a DIY project, don't you think??

So it all started when I kept looking at my black frame on my desk...

Please excuse the awesomely yellow Instagram pic. The original is on a different computer.

I LOVE my little easel and frame (the frame is from Target and was around $18), however, I felt like it could benefit from a little gold-cornered action.

So I'm not going to act like this is something ground-breaking or super difficult. I just imagined how I wanted it to turn out, used some Frog Tape (which I usually HATE... Me and painter's tape do not mix), and spray painted that baby.

Well, it involved a little bit more than that.
While this project was pretty easy, it was also kind of stressful... haha.  Stressful in that I found you can easily ruin your whole frame with paint if you don't do it correctly.

So first, I removed all the glass and backing from the frame so that it was a totally bare frame. All the ones I used for this are from Target and come apart perfectly exposing just the bare frame itself to make this easy.
Then, I took my painter's tape (I used Frog Tape) to tape off the sides of the frame exposing the corners you want painted. I totally did not measure the corners, I just eye-balled it and it turned out great!
Here's one of the most important tips... Make sure the tape edges are sealed super well against the frame along the edge where the paint will end. To do this, I just used my nails to sort of scrape the edge of the tape against the frame. Sort of making sure the tape is well-secured to the frame and pressed down really hard.
You definitely have to cover the rest of the frame (the exposed sides) because they will get overspray on them. You could use more tape, or use some scrap paper like I did to cover it. I taped the paper into place.
Then you're ready to paint!

I always paint outside, away from the house, on some scrap cardboard.  I really like this particular gold spray paint by Valspar. It covers really smooth and leaves a really shiny and glossy finish.
Then I sprayed a couple quick coats to the corners making sure to get all the edges really well. Before you remove the tape, you need to double check the tops and side edges to make sure you've covered them with paint evenly because it will be really tough to tape it off on the same line perfectly again if you need to touch them up.

Then, I carefully removed the paper covering the sides and peeled away the tape. I could not believe how crisp the lines came out!

...Mostly because I DO NOT trust painter's tape. Even the Frog Tape brand I used, which is supposed to never bleed. Well, it always bleeds. ALWAYS. I never use painter's tape when I paint rooms (around moldings, etc.), just because I find it always takes forever to tape-off the room. Then the results are crappy. So to me, it's not worth it. I can paint pretty crisp lines free-hand in those situations.
But for something like this, you NEED that crisp, perfectly straight edge.
So I was pleasantly surprised.

Here's my re-vamped frame in my office I showed before...

Turned out so pretty right??

This one is my favorite...

I think I may love the print inside it even more though...

You can get it on Etsy here. (and no, that's not sponsored. I just love her shop so much!)

And finally, my little shadow box frame...

Inside is a little painting I've had forever. I never knew just quite how to frame it or what I wanted to do with it. I think it looks presh now... and a little fancy.

All of these frames were purchased at Target between $15 and $18. Not too bad, huh?
I just love how much of an impact the gold corners create. Gives the typical black frames a little something extra.

Now, to resist doing this to every black frame I own. While I love the gold, you could do some seriously fun color combos with more vibrant colors.  The possibilities are endless!
What do you guys think? Any simple and fun DIY projects you've tackled lately?


  1. It looks great! I love the fact that the basic black frames now look so much more expensive.

    x daisy


  2. OHHH K!!! THIS IS PRETTY DARN CUTE!!!!!!! Great job! Love it!!! Hmmmmm..... Maybe u should " PIN IT"??? A lil DIY on Pinterest???
    Ps, Pretty Little Lyers is going to be soooo good tonight!!!

  3. I love this! It's so pretty!!!


  4. Such an awesome DIY! I am totally going to try this out on some of the plain frames that I have lying around

  5. Cool idea! I love how it turned out, the gold really stands out against the black, but is still totally classic. I love it!

  6. Why resist destiny? I would paint every single frame in my house with gold corners...in fact...I just might! Seriously, I love it!

  7. You really are quite the crafty gal! Great idea!

  8. Wow how super adorable! I love it!

  9. These are so pretty. I would seriously end up doing this to every frame in my house. I have a slight obsession with them all matching right now.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  10. I'm going to try this DIY.

  11. Loved the post....you are great in everything that you do!!!! Can you tell where did you get the stand that holds the frame on your desk?
    Thanks Tiffany for all your tips!!!!


  12. oh wow this really is such a good idea :D
    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

  13. What a lovely idea, I will definitely try!

  14. I really like this idea, i'm not a gold person i prefer white gold. I might try this using a silver spray paint.
    Thank for the idea!


  15. So simple, and it looks pretty expensive.

  16. This is beautiful. Look at Christian Dior's china pattern in Casablanca. Frame a dinner plate- I think you'd love it. Perfect with your Bendel and large, leafy plant in the foyer.

  17. Do you wait for the paint to dry before removing the tape?

  18. I love this idea for a DIY project. I will certainly be doing this some time very soon. Can you please tell me where you got your desktop easel from?

  19. Tiffany, did you switch out the handles on the desk? Which did you use? (PS love your blog!)- Kathryn

  20. Would love to know where you purchased your photo easel. As always you have such great style and an eye for the perfect details!

  21. That's beautiful! Can you give the exact color of the spray paint you used?

  22. Tiffany, you did a great work. Black frame with golden corner. It’s really great and cute. Black is my favorite. I will use this idea in my photo frame.

  23. Great job Tiffanny!!!! I love everything that you do....you are so creative !!!! Can you please, please let me know where did you get your easel from? ;)

  24. this looks AWESOME! what a good idea, i want to get crafty now! so happy i stumbled across your blog!! its adorable! andd I'm your newest follower hey hey hey! hope you can swing by mine sometime!

    xo, Kelsey Belle


  25. Hi Tiffany, where did you buy the glass top for you Liatorp desk?

  26. i cant find that picture frame from target anywhere!!

  27. What a great idea to add a little something to a black frame! Gives it a great new look!