I like finding old frames at garage sales even if they themselves are ugly, or even if the picture featured inside is blah. If the structure is good, then you probably have something to work with. A few months ago, we re-decorated my friend's room around a Paris/Travel theme. It was a lot of fun and one of the things we did was take her horrible old dresser and turned it into a beautiful vintage work of art. It was and ugly light blonde color, and we painted a creamy off-white, with dark, distressed edges. Then we mod podged old music sheets on top. Back to the frame we needed to re-do. We did another frame with music sheets and wanted to have something relatively matching.
This is in our foyer, the one we used the music sheet idea to make the next frame. It looked like this:
It's just another frame that we found at a garage sale. It didn't even have a back, so we cut a piece of cardboard to fit and Mod Podged music sheets on it like this:
The only thing that we like about the the frame is the off white mat on the inner border, so when we spray painted the frame we taped it over.
After that, You can paint it whatever color you want, we picked Oil Rubbed Bronze from Krylon.
Now back to the picture for the frame. We chose a typewriter graphic from Google. You can type in "cute vintage typewriter illustration" and a bunch of typewriters will pop up. We then used the same technique used on our vintage table in our Dining Room Decor post.
You tape a sheet of tissue paper around one side of a piece of white computer paper, and run it through your printer.
Then you can cut it out and center it on the surface you want to Mod Podge.
And now the fun starts.
Mod Podge underneath.
Then on top.
And let dry.
And that's it. Very simple and do-able.