Make your own faux leather picture frames
Here's how to apply a faux finish that looks like old leather to give a cheap homemade picture frame a rustic and antique effect. For even more effect, we added pine moulding to the inside and outside edges.
HERE IS HOW
To start off, paint the picture frame with a deep brown basecoat that matches the final colour that you want for your frame.
You can use a paintbrush or foam roller to apply the basecoat, since the final effect isn't a smooth finish.
Apply gauze cloths (the ones you can buy at any pharmacy for dressing wounds) - or cheesecloth - over the frame; pull and bunch it to create visual interest.
Now you are ready to apply an even coat of interior crack filler over the top with a paint scraper.
Don't make the mixture too thick - just thick enough to hold it's shape.
Before the filler has time to dry carefully peel off the gauze - starting at one end - to reveal the interesting texture that it leaves behind.
Use a paintbrush to dab on a tan and deep brown over the textured surface of the frame.
You don't want to completely mix the two colours together, but they should be nicely blended at the edges.