Hey there! Welcome and come on in. Today I’m sharing a quick and easy update to mismatched frames.
Over the years I have collected so many frames. I find them on sale and have great plans for them only to find the color doesn’t match what I already have or it gets put on the back burner or the to-do list and never gets done. Please tell me I am not the only one who does this?
So when we were packing up to move I got them all together and decided that I would finally do something about them. It has just taken me almost a year to do it! Better late than never I always say!
As you can see from this picture they are all different shades of brown or black and brown. I picked these out of the bunch because they were all wood and the matting in all of them was white. (Honestly, I just didn’t feel like going up to Michael’s and buying more mats. So I just went with what I had here)
After taking the glass and matting out of them I wiped them down with a damp cloth. Then I used a high gloss acrylic paint to paint them. The one I used is this one I picked up from Hobby Lobby, but they can be found at any craft or hardware store. I wanted a high gloss uniform look to them. Next, with a small sponge brush I painted them with two coats. The paint went on really smoothly and adhered well and the coverage was great!
Just a quick tip here: I had these little red triangle lifts to keep them off the ground, but I didn’t have enough to do all of them so I used the little plastic cups for condiments they sell in the grocery store and found they worked so much better. Much cheaper too!
I left them alone for 2 days to cure. Meanwhile, I measured them all and out of poster paper I made templates to play with on the wall. I used painters tape so I wouldn’t damage my paint. I wanted a close rectangular gallery. The space at the top left is for an E I found at Hobby Lobby last year. I also measured 18 inches from both sides of the wall to figure out how large I wanted it and there is tape in the middle bottom to show how low I wanted to go. This was just a preference I played with.
I just kept moving the frames around until I liked it. Then as I hung them this cutie decided to Dab a little and show them off. (This move is called the “dab”. Sydney informed me that all the cool kids do it. For not reason whatsoever.) Sage being one of the cool kindergarteners does it constantly. She is a riot and apparently also likes all the blankets on the floor. (Insert eye roll from Mom) But she is cute as a button so we’ll forgive her!
This is the wall completely done.
Every year on Christmas morning I snap a picture of the kids sitting in front of the tree in their Christmas jammies on. They are smiling ear to ear and I love to capture it. I went through past Christmas pictures and had my favorites printed to fill this wall up. I love walking past it and it makes me smile every time.
Unfortunately, the glare from the glass makes it so hard to snap a good picture of this wall. On the other side of the room is a large wall of sliding glass doors and the sun is always shining in. You can see the reflection of the pool cage no matter what angle I try.
I am thinking an arrow on the top left side would look pretty neat and will put that on Santa’s list.
I am already thinking of spring pictures to change it out with and summer at the beach pictures. This wall will be so fun.
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