Thrift stores are the bomb-dot-com! I visit them frequently to pick up picture frames for the piles of paintings I have stored in my art room.
Never seen a frame like this in the thrift store? Me neither..... this one was gold when I found it. But it had such beautiful molding on it. I knew it just had to be painted white. So yes, it does involve some searching and some work, but it's totally worth it :)
I actually found the pair of these together....so perfectly girly!
If you've never painted a frame before... don't be scared. It's not hard. I start by removing the backing and glass, then lightly sanding and washing the dust off the frames. I give them one coat of primer, let them dry, then give them a coat or two of the final color. You can use latex interior house paint, spray paint, or even acrylic craft paint. Pretty easy!
Here's another originally-gold-frame..... painted in one of my favorite colors.... a bright aqua!