Friday, September 4, 2009

A Flock of Frames...


I have some very blah walls. They are painted a dark contractor yellow-beige and are quite boring. While searching for something wallet-friendly I found this beautiful wall mirror:



Drool.

But I can't justify the $599 price tag.

I've been digging the idea of clustering empty frames to achieve a simplistic yet eclectic feel:

Apartment Therapy

I think all black or all white create a stunning, pleasing result:


Country Living

So I traipsed down to the local thrift store and lo and behold, picked up about 4 decorative edged frames. PERFECTO! I also had a few lying around awaiting inspiration.

I turned Bubbalu's neglected swimming pool over, threw on a drop cloth and started spray painting.

Frames before:



Can I just say? Get that handy dandy snap and spray paint can handle thingy...I have a massive case of spray can-itis.

I picked up one more large vintage frame at a garage sale last Saturday for $1.50...my kind of price!

Spray spray spray...

Once dry, set out the frames on the floor, rearranging until you feel the look is cohesive and makes you feel all happy.

Enlist hubby's help to hang on wall, as hubby may or may not be the king of centering, leveling and measuring.

Looky there, now I've got something on the wall other than paint!

After:



Really now, this project cost me about $10.00.



Thrifted frames - $6 ish

Black spray paint- $3.99

Lance was doubtful that this would look good. Once I hung them up (and told him I spent only $10) he conceeded that it wasn't a complete disaster.




Off to spray paint more treasures...

A

Check out more DIY transformations at the Thrifty Decor Chick Before & After Party:



Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

37 comments :

  1. Very cute! Little tip: you can buy black spray paint for 99 cents at Home Depot!

    I have been a spray painting freak this summer, I should probably share my photos.

    BTW, I LOVE some of those frames you found!

    ReplyDelete
  2. love this! i love spray painting too. way back in the days before kids, i bought an old room screen that was butt-ugly, took the rice paper out, spray painted it black and tacked up black and cream toile fabric - it's still my favorite thing i've made for my whole house and very cheap:)

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love it that ONCE you told Lance how much you spent, THEN he liked them! :) Looks great, draws the attention right when you walk in the door I bet.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Now give your kids each a handful of sidewalk chalk and let them create new art for inside your frames, changeable with every season... or week... or hour.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love it! Plus you can easily change the look if you want to in the future - add photos or fabric to the back and even switch that out - so many things you could do! Love the look!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I LOVE your work and I LOVE spraying photo frames!

    ReplyDelete
  7. love this. I'm totally going to try it. :)

    ReplyDelete
  8. Looks just like your inspiration photos!
    Janell

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have been thinking about doing that for our bedroom. It looks terrific in your home!

    ReplyDelete
  10. That turned out really nice and what fun to be on the look for interesting frames. I bet you'll continue to be checking out frames and probably add to your wall. It looks really nice!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Looks fantastic and very thrifty too! My favorite kind of decorating! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm so jealous of your frame wall. I found a similar one in a magazing and i have been collecting frames at yardsales trying to get enough to make up my wall. Im not quite there yet but I"M so ready! Yours turned out just AWESOME!

    Be sure to LINK it up to my Trash To Treasures Party & adding my button! It will get you an additional entry in an UPCOMING GIVEAWAY i'll be doing! Following my blog will get you another one TOO! Happy Blogging & hope you join the party!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I'm so jealous of your frame wall. I found a similar one in a magazing and i have been collecting frames at yardsales trying to get enough to make up my wall. Im not quite there yet but I"M so ready! Yours turned out just AWESOME!

    Be sure to LINK it up to my Trash To Treasures Party & adding my button! It will get you an additional entry in an UPCOMING GIVEAWAY i'll be doing! Following my blog will get you another one TOO! Happy Blogging & hope you join the party!

    ReplyDelete
  14. I love it...after spending 3 years in this house, I'm finally starting to put stuff on the walls...the dineing room stumps me, this is a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I love black spray paint. It makes everything look way more special and expensive. They look great on the wall. You did good!

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love using empty frames. Makes a great statement for not too much money! Looks great!

    ReplyDelete
  17. That's beautiful. I've been wanting to do the same exact thing and you've given me the motivation to get it done. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

    Ps. Your chair is featured today at The DIY Show Off! :)

    Oh - and the work cartoons crack me up! I work in the medical field too and understand! :P

    Roeshel

    ReplyDelete
  18. I need to buy that spray paint can thingy too. I totally have spray paint-itis.


    Something else I learned the hard way this weekend: Take your wedding rings off before spray painting.


    Great job with the frames!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow, it looks great! I love the look of these empty frames and never would've thought! thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  20. what a good idea, you can put different items in them for different holidays, what a super job

    ReplyDelete
  21. You pulled it off! It looks amazing!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Very cute! Love the frame wall!!
    ~Whitney

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love the frames! They look great!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Very cute! I'm happy to see someone else hang a collage of empty frames! When I did it, the first thing my husband asked was if we were going to put pictures in them!! :)

    Here's where I posted a pic of mine:
    http://strangeandlovelyride.blogspot.com/2009/07/dining-go-go.html

    Cute blog btw!!
    -Aja

    ReplyDelete
  25. Great minds to think alike! I so glad that I'm not the only one in love with frames!! I have to resist the urge to put them in every room of my house. Thanks for sharing with us at FTSN!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Really, I don't know what the attraction to these empty frames is, I just know I love them. Maybe it's the simple lines, I don't know but they are way cool. Good job.

    ReplyDelete
  27. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

    You are funny, too!!!! I also adore the attach spray paint thingy!!

    Found you from FJI SNS!!!!

    ~Kolein

    ReplyDelete
  28. Oooh! I love a wall of blank frames! Thanks for showing yours. Lisa~

    ReplyDelete
  29. Looks great! You found some great frames! I'm over from SNS. Nice to meet you.

    ReplyDelete
  30. You really found some great frames to work with (and great prices). You did a super job with the arrangement.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love the frames!!! I have been collecting thrift store frames for a couple of months but haven't decided on a color.. love the black & white, they both look great!

    Jennifer

    ReplyDelete

C'mon, let's chat a bit...

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...