Verdigris Frame
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Verdigris Frame

Restyle a picture frame in a fresh new finish using a super simple paint technique. Designed by Gretchen Sell, Design Master Color Tool, Inc.
Craft Time: 30 minutes
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Material List

  • Design Master Colortool Spray (Copper, Robin's Egg, Hunter Green, Flat Black, Clear Finish Matte)
  • Picture Frame (new or old)
  • Fine Grade Sand Paper
  • Water Misting Bottle
  • Paper Towel
  • Newspaper

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Protect area from overspray with newspaper.

Step: 2

Remove the glass and backing from the frame. Lightly sand the surface if slick. Ensure frame is clean.

Step: 3

Base coat the frame with Copper by spraying approx. 12-inches from the surface, using parallel, back and forth strokes. Apply 2 light coats, let dry between coats.

Step: 4

From about 15-inches away, mist frame surface with water. Note: Different amounts of water will produce various sized water droplets thus different effects.

Step: 5

At random, spray Robin’s Egg over water droplets. Dab or lightly wipe off moisture with a paper towel.

Step: 6

Repeat steps 4 & 5 layering color with Hunter Green and Flat Black.

Step: 7

If the finish looks too uniform, repeat the mist-spray-dab process on areas with selected color.

Step: 8

If desired, apply a protective topcoat of Clear Finish Matte for added durability.


This simple technique can be easily modified using colors of your choice to create a "uniquely you" finish.