Archive | January, 2011

Wall of Frames

25 Jan

Finally!!!  This project has been bearing on me for I’d say six months or so, and I am absolutely elated to say I am finally done – well sort of done with it (I mean, is anything ever really done?).

Like most DIY projects, they come in a wide range of variations, this one being no exception, so I hit the computer to scour for images and youbetcha I was inspired!  As I mentioned in this post about DIYing up thrifted picture frames, I collected many frames over the summer months from a variety of thrift stores, so the images housed within the frames here are most definitely just temporary.  With that said, let’s take a look at how this project developed over time…

  I’ll call this picture below Phase 1: 

Not too shabby for a straight-to-the-point picture frame collage.  I started by putting the table and lamp in place, then the mirror, and then finally  added some frames. 

Phase 2:

A decent overall shape is developing at this point, but something about it was still not right for me.  I wasn’t too pleased with the symmetry and kind of unriskiness of it all.  It seemed a tad too run-of-the-mill and “grandma’s house,” nothing about it screamed out “CREATIVE!”  So I decided to get a little more bold and just started throwing all sorts of different shaped and sized frames on the wall and ended up with this:

Phase 3:

Aigh, yigh, yigh!  Not good.  This might not look so terribly bad if the frames and/or their content were more cohesive, say matching frames or artwork, but in its current state, I consider this a giant FAIL

So, as a result, I hit the interwebs once again, and lo and behold I stumbled into this blog post on The Sweetsest Digs blog site.  I even went as far as asking them for advice, and to my delight, was given some amazingly encouraging feedback (which you can take a look at right here).  So after taking some of the advice – paint all the frames a single color, bring them down a little, and perhaps  gray instead of white – I hit the ground running and started working on this project right away (like right when I walked in the door after work Friday afternoon) and finally ended up with this:

What an AMAZING difference!!! I almost can’t believe these are the same frames from the before pictures.  I would like to implement some more of the great advice I recieved, such as the utility of additional mirrors and definitely work in some layerying some how, and I still need to add some accessories and figure out how to address the lower part of the wall, but I feel like I can walk away from this project for a while feeling like it is mostly finished – and “mostly finished” is a lovely place to be!

PSST!  This didn’t happen by a simple wave of a wand by any means, you can check out all the details about how this project went down right here.

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decor project: flea market frames (via the sweetest digs)

21 Jan

Here is my insperado for the shameful excuse of a wall of frames I currently have in the blue room of the house!!! I am so inspired by this blog post that I will go home from work today and start getting busy on this project by first emtying out those thrifted frames and and then giving them all a fresh coat of paint to bring them all together….

decor project: flea market frames If you browse around any flea markets, thrift stores, or your grandma’s attic, you’re bound to come across some old picture frames. Do something a little more un-traditional and don’t fill them with photos or pieces of art. Instead, just leave the picture frames empty. It’s really a simple and lovely look (and did I mention budget-friendly?). I think it looks most effective if you use a collection of frames that are all the same or similar colour … Read More

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Table Painting – Bye Bye Pea-Green

11 Jan

The first of three tables in the house (that I’m 100% certain need a paint job that is) has been painted!!!  Oh what a happy day it is when I can scratch something off my project-to-do-list!  We actually painted it back in the fall, but I’m just now getting around to blogging about it.  I’m hoping to paint the round table in Olive’s room within the next month or two, so stay tuned for a post on that… and as far as table number three, ummmmm, who knows?

Here’s the before of the thrifted table that my thriftaholic mother (yes, I have found that such addictions are hereditary) traded me in exchange for a new pub table that I bought from Hobby Lobby – a fair trade in my opinion:

It was such a beautiful shade of pea-green that went superbly well with the orange living room walls  of yore (in my old rent house) on one hand, but now its looking kind of worn-out and granny-like against the peacock-blue walls in our new digs on the other hand, which made giving this hand-me-down a fresh new look a must-do.

So after some sanding and, as always, assistance from my “little helper”…

… and after about three or four coats of paint – as you can see one coat of paint wasn’t gonna git-er-done, as we like to say here in Texas…

… Voila!  A crisp, clean, just-like-new accent table with a face-lift!  Just beautiful!

Here it is standing next to the blue walls in the front living-room-turned-art-room.  Crisp white seems to pop out really nicely against the deep, yet bright hue of blue (I like to rhyme on occasion) in this room, so the table definitely complements the other surrounding white accents very well…  and speaking of the surrounding accents, a new post with pics of this room is long overdue and is soon to come.  As far as getting this wall of frames in far better order (which, by the way, has already evolved since the below picture was snapped) might not happen as soon as I’d like, but it’s definitely on the projects-to-do-list.

And here it is standing in the entryway in all of it’s Christmas glory:

 So even though my affinity for pea-green has manifested itself in other areas of the house, like here, I am doing my best to steer clear of making every room in the house look too mid-century and vintage inspired.  So in respect to that, this table, although vintage in design, still has its place in the not so vintage and more streamlined rooms of the house.

Psst: Just in case you are wondering or really concerned, those frames three pictures back have yet to be housed with photos and art of my choosing and liking… not to worry, they will be addressed soon enough.

Picture Perfect…

5 Jan

… well that’s how I’d like my walls to look anyway.  I really don’t like a whole lot of empty wall space.  I view it as negative space, as gaping openings sucking out the positive energies of the home…  So one of my main focuses when shopping the thrift stores this past summer was to collect as much thrift art and frames that I liked to create either a wall of frames or a focal point on some of the larger, empty walls of the house.  One major score for me was at the northeast Goodwill here in Fort Worth where I found this square frame, nicely matted with 9 openings that I just so happened to buy on half-price day, making it a whopping 12 dollar purchase.  SCORE!

It could have possibly worked “as is” somewhere in the house, but I found it a little too “Pier 1-ish” and “off the shelf” for my particular taste.  So I decided to nix the feng shuiesque images currently housed in the frame and showcase some of my very own photos instead (yes, I just made up two new adjectives in the last two sentences).  This wasn’t a huge undertaking by any means, but it did require a bit of measuring and cutting, and a bit more dismantling than I first anticipated.  Here’s what the back looked like after removing the brown paper backing:

SHEESH that’s a lotta tape!  So after thinking things through a little further, I decided that I would just cut my pictures to a size that would allow them to fit right on top of the prints that were already in the frame.  After selecting a few choice pics, deciding to print them in a warm sepia tone (I thought it complimented the frame and surrounding wall colors well) and then just using my home printer to print them out, I measured the size of the square openings and then cut the pictures down with an exacto knife as so:

Oh, and here’s a happy accident.  I only have a very basic version of iphoto to edit my pictures, so I was unable to make my images the exact 6×6 measurement of the openings.  Instead I could only make square images,  print them out at a 5×7 setting, cross my fingers and hope for the best.  The result – an image size that left a 1/2 inch border around each picture, which resulted in an even more polished look.  YAY!

Then simply using double-sided tape Olive helped with adhering each picture in place.

And here you have it, a  thrifted picture frame turned collage at a fraction of what you  would pay at a big box frame shop (even with a 60% off coupon)!

So there you have it, a very quick and simple DIY project.  Have you ever renewed or reused a frame or thrifted art item to create something more one of a kind?  Let me know about it.

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