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How to Paint a Picture Frame with MudPaint Clay Paint

picture frame of bright red clay furniture paint

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes

Materials Needed: Frame, clean rag, painter’s tape, newspaper, MudPaint in your favorite color, paint brush

Picture frames are easy to update with paint! If you are looking for a quick and easy DIY project this weekend that will completely change a space, take down that picture and paint your frame with MudPaint! MudPaint is eco-friendly, LEED-compliant and it’s unique, clay-based formula with natural earthen materials requires little prep work and no waxing for a smooth coat. Do you have an outdated frame that every time you walk by it, it makes you cringe? Are you like me and you take the long way through the house to not look at it? Well, tackle that eye soar. A new picture frame is expensive. Custom fitting a frame comes at a cost. Instead of purchasing new, why not update your frame easily and inexpensively with MudPaint without having to remove the glass and picture.

Begin by deciding the look you want. What MudPaint color do you love? If you need help choosing a color, call/text us at (208)391-3988 or by email at and we will be more than happy to help you decide.

Do you want to distress? If so, do you want the original finish to show or no? If no, decide to paint two coats. Paint the first coat a darker shade like MudPaint’s Clay Paint in Charcoal. After it dries, apply vaseline to the areas you don’t want the second coat to adhere too and paint the second coat a lighter shade. When slightly dry, use a damp rag over the areas that you applied vaseline too. You can also skip the vaseline and lightly sand once the second coat is dry to reveal the darker first coat in areas.

Okay, so you got your MudPaint color and you have decided on a distressed look or a solid color. Here’s how you easily repaint that frame (…or even a mirror!)

Step 1: Prep your frame by cleaning it with a damp rag. Allow to dry.

Step 2: If there is existing paint and it’s chipping, lightly sand to smooth the surface.

Step 3: Dust with a clean rag.

Step 4: Before painting, measure and cut a piece of newspaper or any other paper to fit over the surface of the picture glass, leaving a small gap around each edge.

Holding the paper in place, use painter’s tape to attach the paper to the picture glass. Be sure that no tape is touching the frame. If you need to trim off excess, use a utility knife.

Step 5: Apply MudPaint with your brush.

Step 6: If you want a rustic chippy look, use a blow dryer over the areas you want to chip. It will only take a few minutes to see the paint bubbling.

Step 7: Allow to dry.

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