But they are a very good starting point for a makeover. For the first frame, I just added another, outer frame of small lolly sticks.
I then painted the whole thing gold and "aged" it by painting a thin coat of white and wiping it away immediately.
Plain and sober frame. But I wanted to do something more challenging, so I started by shaving off the outer and inner edges and sanding them for a softer, rounded effect. Then I added bits of grill sticks, shaved to produce a flat surface on one side. The frame on the left is the original for comparison.
I am very pleased with the result. I have four more frames and will need to think of four interesting ways of improving them.