Yesterday I went to my local D.I. and found some cheap **UGLY** frames that had a little bit of this and that to them.... *see the below pic?*
You've probably got some of these ugly gold things lying around the house.
Anyways... I spray painted it white....
I then got some "brown" paint (or burnt umber) and added some water to thin it out...
I let it drip into some of the cracks
and then I painted a few streaks here and there (dabbing some parts with a paper towel- or smearing some with my finger- **Very watered down mind you...)
and PRESTO... and a vintage frame for only a buck. Man I'm good.