DIY Framed Art

29 Mar

What a productive weekend!  I’m so excited to share all the projects I conquered over the past couple days.  I’m starting with this DIY framed art because I am absolutely in love with it. 

I’ve been seeking out old baroque frames in thrift stores.  I’m quite obsessed with them at the moment and have been on the lookout for a large one to use as a cork board for my office.  In my search I came across this frame for $5.99 at the Salvation Army. 

The original plan was to paint it and use it as a cork board  like I mentioned above.  But that just wasn’t working for me, it isn’t quite big enough for my cork board needs.  So I decided to use it in our second floor hallway and that I would paint it to match the trim in a semi gloss white paint. 

This is where the fun starts.  After the first coat (of 3) I was completely taken by the frame.  I love the details and the cottage vibe it gives off in its new white coat.  I spent some time scouring the web looking for quotes to frame but in the end I decided I would use the word love cutout in different patterned scrapbook paper. 

A trip to Micheals and I had all the materials I needed.  I printed the word love off the computer to use as a stencil.  Then I had the decided to arrange the letters to mimic the love sculpture at Love Park in Philadelphia!  After cutting the letters out of paper and playing with the arrangement I had it just the way I wanted it. 

Here’s the final result.  Our first picture up on the wall!  Another step in the decorating journey complete.  The total cost for the project$22.00, a steel for an original work of art.  Let me know what you think, I love hearing what you have to say! 

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2 Responses to “DIY Framed Art”

  1. Beth Alligood March 30, 2010 at 3:01 am #

    You just amaze me, It looks so good.

  2. miz erinelizah March 29, 2010 at 4:46 pm #

    i, too, have become quite obsessed with funky thrift frames!! it’s so much fun to see what they can be turned into with a little sanding, paint, and some creativity! i’ve been enjoying some really bright colors on the frames to male them pop- burnt oranges and teals- so pretty! love your blog, amanda- hope to see u guys soon!

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