Today we’re going to give an out of date freebie a makeover for some modern framed art.
So one day I was driving to town. Not the ‘the city’ but my town which is still about a 15 minute drive from my house. There’s only 3 reasons for me to go this way.
- The Country Boy. Our little and slightly overpriced grocery store where the bag boys still take your groceries out to your car and will politely continue on with you even when you insist that you can handle it by yourself. I love this place because mostly because I love employees with good attitudes and manners. You just don’t find that anymore.
- Snowcone stand. Because I am a freak about snowcones – Bahama Mama extra juice, blackberry with cream, margarita with salt, and good old fashioned blue coconut served as is. The snowcone ladies at the different stands around here know me and they only see me one season out of the year.
- Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store for the most amazing milk and ice cream Oklahoma ever has seen. If you’re coming to Oklahoma or just passing through and see a Braum’s, stop and grab a chocolate shake and some fries. Seriously amazing.
The only one I can rule out is the snowcone stand because it was still too cold out, not that it matters in the grand scheme of things. What I do remember is whipping a U-Turn to pick up some roadside road kill. Along with a sign saying “FREE” were two very floral sofas and a big, big picture in a humongous frame. That frame was gonna be mine. I pulled into their drive and Russell quickly did the grab and wave to the house. Thanks!
There is absolutely no place in this house for this image. It’s nice enough but it is SO not my taste. Not even in an ironic way. So I did what I do and I turned it into something that I absolutely love.
And there she is all new and improved and totally Allison-style. Would you have recognized it? I know Russell who did the grab didn’t at first. Best part was that this project only cost $3.19 for the new black matte. This is why I will ALWAYS stop to check out free stuff on the side of the road. I’ve got no shame about it!!!
For this project you will need:
- Old framed image (try garage sales, thrift stores and storage units of family members)
- Spray paint
- New piece of art, photo, etc.
- Staple gun
- Foam mounting tape
If this was a professional framing job, you’ll have paper to remove off of the back. It will come off easily enough, but it’s glued down onto the frame. You may need some goo gone to get rid of the excess sticky.
The hanger across the back is still totally functional but it’s going to get in our way. Remove one side and screw it back into the other side. This way it’s attached and we don’t have to worry about losing it but it’s not so much in the way.
Use a flat blade screwdriver to dig the stapes out and remove the backing piece of cardboard to get inside to the good stuff.
Oh, hello there! A free hidden piece of ugly fake marble matte! Now the other side is, you guessed it, black. Had I opened this puppy up first I would just have used it but I’d already purchased the matte and dinged up the corner so it’s mine anyway.
Other people find original Dali’s or ancient and highly collectible forms of money. I find a matte so ugly the framing shop started using them instead of cardboard. :)
Oh, and see that cord to the right? I got distracted when I saw the picture and quit vacuuming my living room floor and got all up in the DIY. So that’s why my carpet is all flecked with junk. Don’t judge!
Rather than measuring to cut the correct shape and size out of my new black matte, I just cut around the matt that I took out of the frame.
Either measure out or use a yardstick or what have you to make sure your art is well centered inside. Taking this sucker apart again is going to be a real pain in the neck so you’re going to want to get this right the first time. Use double sided foam mounting tape at the four corners and then sporadically around the the rest of the backside to attach to the matte.
If my matte was white, it would look like my piece was floating or hovering. It’s a really nifty effect.
Give the glass a really good clean while you’re in here and allow to fully dry.
I also realized that I didn’t address painting the frame at any point. Ooops. Before now you should have painted your frame. I painted my glossy white with my new best friend, Rustoleum Gloss Protective Enamel.
Sandwich everything back together and staple the backing cardboard original on back together. I stapled ever inch to two inches because I know no such thing as overkill.
Before you staple down, really take a good look and make sure you don’t have anything between the matte and the glass. I have a piece of white fuzz that appears in the upper right hand corner because I didn’t check on it. My doctor insists that my OCD is never going to get any better if I don’t learn to let imperfect things slide every once in a while, so it’s still there. For now. Doc’s orders paired with all of those dang staples and yeah, it’s going to stay that way for a bit (even though it’s making my chest tight just writing about it :)
Remember to move your hanger back into the proper place. If you accidentally turned your art upside down, just move the hanger accordingly.
My frame is going to sit on my dresser and lean against the wall, but it’s always good to have the hanger there and ready to go if I change my mind.
And there she is! If you want to make a piece of art like I have in my frame, I used this tutorial here at My Sister’s Suitcase. I shared the DIY a few days ago on my Tumblr blog here (check it out for lots of DIY goodness every day!)
The paper I used is scrapbooking paper (surprise, surprise). All of it came out of a single book that I purchased for $5 at Wal-Mart. I was happy with this because all of the colors go together really well and a lot better than if I had tried to piecemeal it.
And don’t forget, this was the before. Never pass up a good quality frame that’s cheap or free. The art inside and the frame itself may not ring your bell, but it’s really easy and inexpensive to remedy and tailor make to fit in your home.
Now the glass in this frame is the cheapie stuff and it has an awful reflection in it but you get what you pay for! If you know any cheapie ways to remedy this, please let me know. I’d appreciate it very much.
And there’s Gwyneth on Harper’s Bazaar. I love this magazine but I especially love that I can put it out on a table with those artsy covers. They’re home decor in their own right! Happy Monday!