Tried & True Spray Paint Colors

One of my favorite things about this IKEA frame, which we suggest using for our oversized Juniper prints, is that it can very easily be spray painted for a whole new look! The simple metal frame comes in black and nickel options at IKEA, in sizes ranging from 22×55 to 55×79, but we’ve often sprayed the…

One of my favorite things about this IKEA frame, which we suggest using for our oversized Juniper prints, is that it can very easily be spray painted for a whole new look! The simple metal frame comes in black and nickel options at IKEA, in sizes ranging from 22×55 to 55×79, but we’ve often sprayed the frames white, cream, gold and bronze to mix things up in our spaces. The print shown here in my office is the 40×55″ size with our new print called OTIS from amazing artist Mande Calhoun-Gaffney. I used my new favorite gold-toned spray paint for the frame -Rustoleum’s Metallic Satin Bronze. I love that it’s a little deeper and warmer than most of the gold spray paints available in recent past!

Otis Print  //  Frame  //  Satin Bronze Spray Paint

Desk  //  Desk Chair  //  Sisal Rug (similar)  //  Striped rug (similar)  // Ceiling Light(similar)

Gray Chairs (similar)  //  White Side Table (similar)  //  Green Dressers

To spray paint the IKEA frame, follow these simple instructions:

-Assemble your frame. This step usually eliminates scratches in your final spray paint finish.

-Lay your assembled frame on a drop cloth, face down first. Spray a light layer focusing on the frame sides and let that coat fully dry.

-Flip the frame, wipe down the face with a microfiber cloth and spray multiple thin layers, allowing to dry fully in between.

-Be sure to brush with a microfiber cloth in between coats to remove any bubbles or dust that may have attached to the frame.

-One the paint is FULLY dry (I’d wait several hours for good measure), flip the frame over again on a large flat surface (you might want to use a clean drop cloth if your floors are rough at all) and then just install your print using these steps. Be sure to email or DM our customer service team if you are having any issues and we can help you troubleshoot!

*Tips for touch ups: If you get your freshly painted frame hung on the wall and notice any scratches, don’t worry. Spray a small amount of spray paint into the cap of the can or a plastic cup and use a small, soft craft brush to gently dab over the scratch.

Now that you know HOW we like to spray paint our IKEA frames, we thought it would be helpful to also share our tried and true favorite colors below. Like with any paint selections, it’s important to choose a color that’s right for your space and the print you are framing, but this guide is a great place to start looking for inspiration.

(PS We cut down an extra IKEA frame we had on hand here at the office and painted each cut piece with our favorite spray paint colors to photograph for this post. We tried to be really careful in the photo editing process so the colors were accurate representations for you. We wanted each color to be very true to life!)

If you’ve ever tried to spray something in a gold tone, I’m sure you know just how tricky it is to find the right color! There are so many straight-up BAD gold tones out there – and the color on the cap is not always a good indicator of the paint’s actual color. These are our favorite options available right now:

Rustoleum Metallic Pure Gold  //  Rustoleum Metallic Gold  //  Rustoleum Metallic Satin Bronze

Rustoleum Metallic Champagne Bronze  //  Rustoleum Metallic Sunlit Brass

White is another surprisingly tricky one! The colors here are all so important for using in different scenarios, depending on what tones you’re hoping to pull out from your print.

Krylon Matte Clamshell  //  Rustoleum Blossom White

Rustoleum Shell White  //  Rustoleum Heirloom White

A beige color is a great choice for a subtle natural wood look! It’s hard to find wood frames large enough to fit our oversized prints (without using a custom framing service), but a warm beige paint color scratches the itch at a way more affordable price point.

Krylon Satin Pebble  //  Rustoleum Almond Gloss

Rustoleum French Beige  //  Rustoleum Satin Fossil

Bronze is having a resurgence! It’s a great alternative to straight black paint if you’d like more warmth and movement. I also never expected to like some of the hammered metallic spray paint options, but I think these could be really cool when paired with the right print!

Rustoleum Hammered Chestnut  //  Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze

Rustoleum Hammered Dark Bronze

What questions can we answer for you about spray paint colors or technique? We’re so happy to help. And, as always, thanks for supporting Juniper!

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22 thoughts on “Tried & True Spray Paint Colors

  1. Jenny, I just want to thank you. I have followed you from the very beginning, staying up very late several years ago reading every single blog post you ever wrote :). Through ALL your years of blogging, you have consistently provided such useful, practical and yet beautiful solutions that help all of us achieve beauty in our homes for our families. You help me feel like beautiful design is attainable for the average person. Just thank you so much for inspiring people like me and doing what you do. I know it’s just spray paint, but you truly are using your God given talents to help others and I am just so grateful for you! Thank you so much for your willingness to share with us all these years!

    1. Okay, wow!! This is the SWEETEST comment. Thank you so much for taking the time – it truly made my day! xoxoxoJenny

  2. I am bookmarking this too! How great to show us how all of these color choices appear on a frame. Thank you very much!

  3. This is amazing thank you! I was just going to spray paint some wood frames I have, but they have remaining white paint already applied from the original manufacturing. I just need to even out the whites. Would you recommend the same steps or do I need to sand the old frames? They are only a couple of years old from Aaron brothers. Thank you!

    1. If the current finish is smooth, no need to sand! Unless it’s a really glossy finish – it might be helpful then, though still not totally necessary! That’s the nice thing about painting frames – they don’t often get touched or moved so the finish doesn’t need to be as durable as a piece of furniture.

  4. This company is amazing. I haven’t even received my prints or framed yet but the resources they provide is top notch. They give you the best option for framing a huge piece of artwork which should cost tons of money but not with Juniper! Thanks guys!

    1. Forgot to add! Not only do they give you a nice frame they provide swatches on spray painting it to make it unique for your space! Amazing.

  5. I came here looking for your tutorial on how to apply gold leaf, but then I found this! I have a large mirror with a silver/chrome frame that I’m looking to revamp. Would you recommend sanding the frame at all before applying the spray paint?

  6. Do you know of any spray paint options if you wanted the frame to look wood/brown/walnut?

  7. Which shade of gold spray paint would you use on frames for the Peachy Trio? My walls are painted SW 7005 “Pure White”; Flat.

    Also, does the black or aluminum frame take spray paint better?

  8. Hi there,
    Which of the gold and/or bronze colours would you recommend for the Bossen print?
    Thanks in advance!

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