I went to Goodwill and found this botanical print.
I chose this one because it has a nice double mat inside and a good quality wood frame. And it was on sale for $5 - marked down from $8. But we're not buying it for the print. We're scavenging the mat and the frame which would cost big money at a craft or framing store.
I removed the backing, and pulled off the print.
I would normally have saved the print - it wasn't bad! But this one was glued on to the mat and got torn when I pulled it off. No biggie.
Our co-worker and friend Keith was nice enough to print off a photo of Ms. H and my parents, as well as Keith and his wife when they all went to Ireland a few years ago. He printed it in black and white, 11x14, to fit the mat.
I took the mat and frame and grabbed a can of Zinsser BIN Shellac Primer which is oil based - it will cover beautifully. Just be sure to use it outside or in a well ventilated area.
It took several coats and several times repositioning the mat and frame before all sides and angles of the pieces were covered.
Once the primer was dried, I was actually fine with the color of the mat - so I didn't bother to spray it with a white paint.
I grabbed a black gloss spray paint and hit the frame. Again, several times repositioning the frame and it was done.