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Transform the Art you Own

May 6, 2014

Yay! A new gallery wall. I have actually put a little effort into our poor, boring, master bedroom. It’s been pretty neglected until now. The star is that little DIY chevron paint makeover to an old art piece… but, more on that in a minute.

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Add the warmth, add the pretty!

March 15, 2013

So the paint is finished, and we love it. It’s great. But — the walls are lacking personality. We need to get cozy, add warmth, add the pretty. Let’s get some art up there people!

See what I mean? Booooring!

DIY gallery wall

DIY gallery wall

But there is zero dollars in the budget for this project. We need to use what we have, but I wanted something different than our last home’s living room.

I think another photo grouping is in order, but… just not the same one. A couple mini makeovers will help with the job. I’ve always loved this leaf image, but, I’m not so crazy about the frame.

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Working with a selection of existing frames, I thought I could find it a new home. Since I was moving away from a “family” wall… I thought one of the large white frames would do nicely.

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Lets make like a tree, and leaf! (Yep, I said it). Well, let’s pop it out of the frame anyway…

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Play around with the cropping a little bit…

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And voilá!

Now, for the hard part, figuring out exactly what frames I want to use and how. Here’s a couple more to go along with the others…

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There’s still something missing from the bunch. I love this print from an old calendar. It has some special meaning for Steve-o and I. Paris, got engaged there (yeah we did!!), and the month and year marks our 10th anniversary (did I mention I got married when I was twelve??)

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So I decided to do a quick switcher-oo with this blue floral print… turned out to be a pretty nice fit.

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Hmmm… still needs… more. Let’s play around a little bit.

DIY gallery wall

DIY gallery wall

DIY gallery wall

Getting close…

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Yep, that’s it! Okay… now to get it up on the wall. I took a quick measurement so I know I’ll have it centred on the wall.

DIY gallery wall

Now it’s time to get jingle bells stuck in my head while I pull out the Christmas wrap. Now, I get it, this seems like a “do I have to??” step. But, if you want to avoid a bunch of extra nail holes in the wall… I’d highly recommend it.

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I don’t get too hung up on this being overly precise. I just want to know is it centred? Does it look right (from every angle)? Is the height right? And how much white space do I want between each piece?

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Use a little bit of math (thanks grade 5!) along the way, and it’s one nail per piece, centred, and evenly spaced. Keep plugging away until it’s all on the wall.

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It’s looking good!

DIY gallery wall

I love how each print is so different, and adds a splash of colour to the wall. I think the Paris text gives your eye a place to rest so it’s not so overwhelming. I think it’ll work.

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Gotta check the angles!

DIY gallery wall

Love it when a project works out. And, right on budget. Worked with what I had and spent zero dollars. I think my favourite new perch will be an armchair eyeing up these beauties.

Photo Frames – Before and After

October 6, 2010

Friday gave me a little inspiration. Nope, not the day… the cat. My cat. My cat, Friday. She was perched in her usual spot on my bedroom window sill. The sunlight was pouring in and she was hiding behind my grasscloth blinds. This is what I saw:

Immediately, I imagined her silhouette in a frame, and what a cute way that would be to incorporate her into some artwork on our walls. But of course we can’t leave Oscar out of the fun…

The vision for this project all came together when I was rooting through my hope chest and came across a couple of 30+ year old, small plastic frames. That’s me on the right, and my big brother (not looking so big) on the left.

A coat of Krylon Fusion paint fixed the old-fashioned brassiness…

I took my pet’s images into Photoshop and outlined their faces to create their silhouette’s. I printed them out on my inkjet printer on regular paper.

All that was left to do, was cut out their images to best suit the oval shape of the frame, and insert into the frames! Easy!

I think it will be so cute to do one of me and the hubby, and group them all together on the same wall. Now, to keep my eyes peeled for a couple more larger scale frames that will compliment each other.

How do you incorporate your furry family members into your home?