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How to Change Art in a Frame

Good frame does not always equal good art, but frames can be very expensive. Knowing how to change art in a frame is an awesome decorating hack for any budget decorator. I often find frames either on sale or at thrift stores that have very ugly art in them, but are a great quality or a perfect fit in my decor. Knowing how to swap out the art in a frame is a great way to save money, and create custom art for your home.

Art in an old frame to be changed outI found this pre- framed art at Homegoods for $7.00! You can’t buy a good frame for that! But it had this really ugly picture in it.. but when life hands you lemons…

How to change  art in a frame to be changed out with new art

I did buy this really gorgeous clock face photo from Sara of Sadie Olive’sand needed a nice home. It’s easy to re- frame and you can save a ton of cash too.

Find out how you can create custom large scale botanical art and frame it with this post.

remove the paper from pre-frmed art work

First tear the paper off the back all of the way to the edges and carefully remove any staples if needed.

remove cardbaord back on frame

Then remove the staples very carefully ( the glass is still in there)-wearing proper protective gear, taking proper precautions…. out of the back of the frame, careful not to break the glass. Make sure you put the staples somewhere safe so that no one can step on them, or hopefully there is just a cardboard backing that is easily removed.
(I am sure you would rather not hear my story about being around eight years old and having my EMT uncle coming over while my parents were on vacation to dig out a 3-inch sewing needle completely embedded in the bottom my foot Macgyver style with a pocket knife… (Seriously!!! ….Now I know it was the 1970’s, but I was 8 and they had silly things like emergency rooms with other crazy things like local anesthetic then..really!… I am still scarred for life.).

Add sticky backs to mount an art print

Anywhoooo……After you take your board is out ( leave your glass carefully in ), measure and cut scrapbook paper to fit just inside of the matting over the old picture and stick it on with double stick tape to mount your picture. The  double stick mounting tabs on the back of the picture will give it a raised look. Stick in place carefully, because, once it’s down, it’s down.

Add tape to the back of the frame

Place the picture back in the frame, replace the backing  and use high-tack masking tape to tape the back panel down, making sure it’s flush and firm with the back of the frame. You don’t want the glass moving. (Oh, and make sure all of the dust and stuff is blown out before you put the tape on unlike myself who had to take it out and re-tape it after I realized there was scrapbook paper scraps stuck in there.) I prefer taping over re-stapling because I like to change my pictures, and it’s less dangerous.

Maksing tape on the back of a framed picture

Use a lot of tape over-lapping to make sure the picture and glass stay in. I wouldn’t use this on a HUGE, heavy picture, but it’s great for smaller ones.

How to reframe a picture in an old picture frame with this photo of vintage clock faces

And then hang and enjoy. You have a custom framed picture that is very budget friendly!
P.S. I am serious about the thing with glass and staples and being careful with protective stuff and all of that. My friends call me Ms. Safety, but somehow I don’t think it’s a compliment since they always say it with an eye roll.

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