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Ombré Spray-Painted Frames

Give old frames a fresh look in minutes using a multicolor spray-painting technique.

Ombré painted frames

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • 320-grit sanding sponge


  • Valspar spray paint: Indigo Cloth gloss, Exotic Sea gloss, Encounter satin, Naivete flat white

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When selecting colors, choose at least three shades similar enough for them to blend in a smooth transition from light to dark. Then decide whether you want the color changes to go vertically or horizontally, depending on how you’ll use the frame.

Step 1

Lightly sand the frame with a 320-grit sanding sponge and wipe clean. Place the frame face up on a clean, dust-free piece of paper or drop cloth in a well-ventilated work space.

Step 2

Spray the entire frame

Spray the entire frame with the lightest of your three or four colors (Naivete white shown).

Good to Know

When spray-painting, always spray several light passes instead of a few heavy ones to prevent drips. You’ll come back later to add additional coats.

Step 3

Spray the next lightest color

While the lightest color is still wet, spray the next-lightest color (Encounter shown) until you reach the middle part of the frame.

Step 4

Spray the third lightest color

While the previous color is still wet, overlap the second color with the third one (Exotic Sea shown).

Step 5

Spray on the darkest color

Spray the final, darkest color (Indigo Cloth shown) at the end. After the final coat dries, work backward through the colors toward the light end until the surface is evenly covered and the colors blend. Estimated cost: $17 plus frames.