Framed Monogram {DIY Decorating}

This post may contain affiliate links, which gives me a small percentage of the sale, at no cost to you. Thanks for your support!

I’m still working on a project in the living room. Don’t want to totally spill the beans, but I will let you know that I finally used my miter saw. Got any guesses? 😉

In the meantime, I was able to finish a decorating project that’s been on my list for months. Months. It all started when I found this awesome monogram at the thrift store:
diy-decorating-spray-paintIt was $1.50 and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I just needed to find a frame. Simple task. Or so I thought. I’ve searched all summer at thrift stores, yard sales, and clearance aisles with no luck. Nothing the right size. The left wall of my entry way has been bare nekkid this whole entire time. 🙁

Then this Saturday, I saw this chunky ornate frame on the side of the road at a yard sale. Pulled over and bought it immediately. It was $2. Squeeee!
diy-decorating-spray-paintFirst I gave it a good washing to remove all the dust. Then I sprayed it with a coat of Krylon spray paint primer, followed with a few coats of Antique White spray paint.
Looking much better already:
diy-decorating-spray-paintI wanted to distress it a bit. So I mixed up some Burnt Umber craft paint with a little bit of black. Then I added water till it was about the consistency of thick ink. I brushed it on in small sections, then immediately wiped it off with a soft cloth.

Oh, and I also spray painted the monogram. Hung them together, and they were a perfect match.

I love a framed monogram, don’t you? Simple, but it adds so much character to the space. Not bad for under $4. 🙂


  1. I really like this!!

  2. Just found your blog and am LOVING it! Thanks for so much inspiration!!!

  3. I’ve got a soft spot for monograms… and I love your rendition! I featured your idea here.

  4. Love it! What a good idea. You can’t beat the price for customized art.

  5. Elaine P. says:

    How did you get the frame from plain white to the end result? I have a buffet that is way too “perfectly white” looking, and I would love to give it a similar look as your frame!

    • I thinned craft paint with water, brushed it on, then quickly rubbed it off with a soft cloth. I worked a small area at a time. Hope that helps!

  6. I love what you’ve done with that frame! AND – you can’t beat the price.

  7. they are a perfect match!

  8. LOVE-IT! It turned out gorgeous and the price tag is to die for! You’ve inspired me to want to do the same thing and hang it on one of my bare walls in my bathroom!
    Great job! Saw you on the shabby nest!

  9. I love the frame!!! Super cute & great deal!

  10. This is too cute. I just may have to “borrow” you idea.

  11. Ranae Broadhead says:

    SO CUTE!! love it!
    oh and also visiting from crap ive made 🙂

  12. This turned out so beautiful!

  13. Great idea! Love the funky frame too!

  14. I really like this project. It’s the simple ones that are the best!

  15. Liz@HoosierHomemade says:

    What a cute idea! I love monogram letters. I’ve been wanting to do a wall with all different shapes and sizes.
    Thanks for linking up to Blog Party…I stumbled for you 😉

    • I have been collecting “P’s” ( our last initial) to do a wall of different sizes …just like your idea! How will you attach them to the wall? Poster Putty? Any other suggestions ?

  16. Amanda@Coco loves vintage says:

    LOVE that frame! & such a bargain, job well done 🙂

  17. That is spectacular! And it’s sparked an interest in more frames – my husband will be so pleased. 😉

  18. Oh, I love it! It is very striking 😉

  19. Shauna thompson says:

    LOVE it!

  20. The Mom @ Babes in Hairland says:

    Oh I just love this one! And to think that ugly flower picture came out of that! Amazing!

  21. Your wait paid off! It looks great!

  22. I love the frame!! Its gorgeous and I LOVE what you did with it. You can never go wrong with a monogram 🙂

  23. Infarrantly Creative says:

    I love the “glazing” you did. It turned out wonderful Kara! I am all into depth of color on frames lately.

  24. I love how it turned out. I love the frame and it looks perfect with the monogram. So cute!

  25. ADORE THAT frame and how you painted it. The detail on the frame is wonderful, love the monogramed too. WELL DONE! jenn

  26. looks great!

  27. haley davis says:

    Love those colors! Looks fabulous!

  28. Love it! I love how you “inked” the frame!

  29. $2! What a great find! I love how you painted it! The monogram looks so cute in it!

Speak Your Mind