If you're looking for some more tips to turn your boring apartment into a well-designed pad without spending a lot of money, try this cheap and easy way to add a little style to those plain department store picture frames you may have on your wall.
Over at the blog A Thoughtful Place, writer Courtney (who specialises in affordable copycat hacks that make cheap household items look like designer gear) stumbled on an image in a designer magazine for some simple black frames with brass edging that looked great, but were obviously out of her budget to buy. Instead, to get the same effect, she got a hold of some far cheaper department store frames, some plain painter's tape and a can of brass spray paint. She streteched out a few lengths of painter's tape and sprayed it down, let the paint dry and with a straight-edge and a steady hand wrapped the paint around the edges of the department store frames to get the same stylish look.
All in all, the entire project took a few hours, only a few dollars worth of equipment and while it's not fooling anyone who leans in to inspect the frames, anyone standing in front of them while they hang on the wall won't be able to tell the difference. Plus, even if the method is budget-friendly, the final product looks anything but. Willing to try this on the weekend, or would you rather spend the extra money? Have a better way to get the same effect? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
<a href="http://www.athoughtfulplaceblog.com/2012/02/diy-brass-frames-hb-knock-off.html"?DIY Brass Frames: HB Knock Off [A Thoughtful Place via Apartment Therapy]