IKEA KVILL Frames: from plastic to painted wood

IKEA KVILL Frames: a makeover from plastic to painted wood

Want to see how I turned plastic wall art into pretty painted wood? 

On a recent shopping trip to IKEA in Philadelphia (only an hour-ish away for us), I found these beautiful IKEA KVILL frames that are plastic.

Plastic? Yes!

I couldn’t wait to give them a painted makeover to bring out all of the scrollwork details!


You can buy these KVILL frames online if you don’t live near an IKEA. They cost only $4.99 each and you can get more info on each shape by visiting IKEA here and here.

The first thing I did was to paint them with two thin coats of DecoArt’s Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in my favorite color: Vintage.

IKEA KVILL frames chalk painted

Handy tip: Save extra frame inserts to make it easy to paint frames. In this case, the frame inserts were cheap plastic with the recycled symbol printed on them, so I just kept them in the frames and removed them when I was finished. No more worries about how to paint carefully around inside edges! (So before you toss those extra frame inserts, remember this tip!)

frame inserts can be handy when painting

Here’s all of the chalky finish paint colors I used to paint my IKEA KVILL frames:

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paints

The colors are: Innocence (pale pink); Delicate (pale yellow); New Life (a pretty Spring green); Escape (turquoise); and Vintage (a blue-grey-green-ish shade that is sooooooooo beautiful!)

Here’s a detailed shot for you of the painted scrollwork:

before and after painted IKEA KVILL frames

It looks like painted wood, right?

For the scrollwork painting:  1. Choose which colors you want where, and paint all of that color at the same time. I painted all of the pink first, then yellow, etc. 2. Either paint one thin coat, leaving some of the base color showing through – or – paint two coats for better overall coverage, and then add hints of the base color – very lightly just here and there – on top of the scrollwork colors. I did the latter, but the former is probably easier. 3. Using a sanding block or fine grit sandpaper, sand your frame (down to the white plastic) in certain areas to distress the paint, making it look old. For the scrollwork, sand some edges – or parts that stick out – down to the plastic. Start slowly and continue until you like how it looks. 4. Periodically wipe away dust with a white rag or paper towels.

back of IKEA KVILL frame

The back of each IKEA KVILL frame has a plastic piece that comes off easily, yet attaches securely. The frames can either be hung on a wall or displayed with the attached stand.

IKEA KVILL frame makeover

I plan on adding mirrors to my faux painted wood frames!

IKEA KVILL Frames makeover from plastic to painted wood

What a difference, right?

I am thrilled with how they turned out!

Happy crafting!


To see more of my chalky finish paint projects – just click on any of the Related Posts below!



  1. Pat C. says

    Wow… what a difference the chalky finish paint makes! It really does make the scrollwork “pop”!

    Your painstaking painting of the flowers is lovely, but I actually prefer the solid Vintage-only version; I don’t understand why, because the painted flowers are so pretty… (Silly Pat!)


    • Laura says

      LOL You’re not silly – I love your feedback on my projects Pat! I think these painted plaques (with the painted flowers) would look sweet in a little girl’s room, whereas the solid-painted plaques could work in many more spaces!

    • Laura says

      Thanks Johnnie! I already know you’ll LOVE how your garage sale plastic frames turn out: the difference is amazing!