Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Something for the walls...part one

After repainting the powder room I needed to also update the decorations on the walls. I held onto an idea for a while but needed the supplies and the time to put it all together.

I started an obsession over frames almost two years ago. I wanted to find some realty big frames for our family photo shoot in the park. Big enough to hold up around us while we got our picture taken. I found two while on vacation at the beach in 2010 and they worked out great. I just couldn’t stop. I kept finding frames and a new collection by surprise began.

During one of my stops at a local antique store I found this frame for $2.00.

At the time I didn’t know for sure what I would do with it but I couldn’t pass it up.


Ok, so it needed a little love.

I removed the backing and pulled all the pins and staples out. A good sanding and a few coats of paint and it was as good as new. I sanded a few areas a little more to give it an aged look but a clean and pretty aged look.

Next, all it needed was some chicken wire. Not as easy to come by as you might think. I did find small rolls at a local hardware store but the smallest roll was $21.00. I just couldn’t justify spending that and only needing about one tenth of the roll.

Father-in-law to the rescue. We stopped in there for a quick visit on our way to the beach this past summer. (They live half way in our trip East) He has one of those Grandpa like garages that has a little of something left over from every project he has ever done. Low and behold, in the corner behind the fishing rods was a tiny roll of chicken wire!!!! Perfect! (and free)

Tacked a piece on the back of the frame and added some black wire to the top as a hanger.

Now all it needed was a few decorative clothespins. I glued strips of scrapbook paper on the clothespins and sanded the edges.

Now I can pin up cute little notes.

I saw a bunch of frames at that same antique store just yesterday…Should I go back and get them????


amyt said...

Get one for me! Love the idea. You need one in each room. The possibilities are endless! Hang pictures, artwork, reminders...

Intense Guy said...

It is truly remarkable what you do with "other man's trash".

Big and old frames can be expensive - I guess you just got to keep bargain hunting!

And you never know, on Antique Roadshow they had a person that just bought the frame of some pretty ugly painting - and got it for cheap... (maybe $20?) and it turned out the painting was worth $100,000!


Teaching Heart Mom said...

Lovely as usual!

blueviolet said...

I can't believe how creative that is. I never would have thought to do that. I love it!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh goodness that is one heck of a deal and what a end project. My grandpa use to be like that. I use to love going into the musty garage for treasures :).