I have a bunch of boring frames and I decided to make some of them prettier. A few months ago, I remember seeing some really nice black frames with gold corners on a design blog post, and I thought that something like that would look pretty swanky. I have a bunch of metallic powder (which you mix with paint) and a few things that would look good with a bit of metallic (some Gustav Klimt prints, one of which has a lot of gold in it, and some Katie Daisy prints, which have bits of an interesting brown that happened to be very similar to one of my metallic powders).
I then gave the frames a few thin coats of the varnish. They look great!: