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Tips & Tricks Thursday – Displaying Memories Part 2

This week I’ve been working updating my living room.  Of all the rooms in the house, it’s the one I’m never completely satisfied with.  But, at this point I’ve stopped trying to explain why, and just decided to embrace it.  

The purchase of a new (and awesome) coffee table had set my inspiration wheels in motion, yet again, and I decided to slightly update my photo collage to coordinate with the brass table legs.

I wanted new frames and new mattes, but finding twenty-four, simple, 8″ x 10″ frames – in gold – is more of a challenge than you might think.  Plus, the cost begins to add up pretty quickly.  I also wasn’t completely committed to painting my existing frames (with how quickly my mind changes, I wanted the option to swap them out again), so I was on the hunt for inexpensive frames to solve my problem.

I found them… all 24 of them… at Hobby Lobby.  And at the “nice price”  of $3.99 with an additional 50% off!  They had a great profile with simple lines and minimal frame exposed from the front.  I had to trek to two different locations, clearing the stock out of one, and leaving only a few behind at another…

Next on the list was some crisp, white matte board, new Exacto blades, and some gold spray paint.

I’ve already said that my house has no real room to work, so I cleared away the dining table (again), laid down the trusty drop cloth, opened ALL of the windows in the house (thank you warm Texas weather), and began spraying…  (I know, I know.  I probably should have done this outside, but I’m impatient, and it was already dark.)

Two things I learned while doing this project…

1. SPRAY PAINT WILL ULTIMATELY TURN INTO SPRAY DUST

For me, the residual spray particles left a light dusting on the hardwood floor in my hallway.  Fortunately, it’s easy to sweep up.  Unfortunately, if you step in it, it will track everywhere.  On a lighter note, I kept singing the words to Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” as I vacuumed my gold footprints off the rug…

1. USE LATEX GLOVES

This may seem like a no-brainer, but being the impatient person that I am, I just started spraying.  By the time I was finished with the third or fourth frame, my fingers were completely covered…  With the theme song to James Bond’s Goldfinger in my head, I decided to just go with it. 

So, after a day of spray painting, cutting out matte board, and re-hanging all of the pictures, I’m finished.  I love it.  They turned out just as I’d hoped!

I know the change may be subtle, but when I’m finished styling the room with the new coffee table (pics to come!), the frames will be a great point of interest that ties all of the gold tones together.  Plus, I love how the gold looks against the light grey walls (even though my iPhone camera doesn’t pick it up really well).  Very chic!

 

 

 BEFORE

 

 

AFTER

 

ONE MORE THING…

I had to add this in.

It’s one of my favorite pictures of my parents on their wedding day!  So CUTE!

Cheers!

Tiina

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. LOVE this! They turned out great. And I almost think you should have just cleaned up your fingers and left the gold paint on your nails! 😉

    November 8, 2012
  2. So stunning!

    November 9, 2012
    • Thanks! It was well worth the time!

      T

      November 10, 2012

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