Monday, May 23, 2011

I've Been Framed...And It's Good!

 With the big 'ole empty wall above my stairs
 &  the recent popularity of empty frames, this project was calling my name.
I've had my eye on them and I love how creative they can be.

I didn't want to go all one solid color.
I wanted to keep it vintage, yet modern.
I think I did it.

This is the wall upstairs - opposite of where my desk is. 
It's big and was begging for some creativity.

It took my a bit to collect the frames I wanted to use. I've kept my eye open for them.
You might notice some I'd found at recent garage sales.
  • I chose a few to spray paint black. 
  • I wanted to keep the old hanging wires.
  • I covered the wire with masking tape. 
  • I discarded the artwork in the frames.
  • I laid them out on my living room floor to play and see how I'd like them.
Lily the cat thought she'd be helpful.

I added wire backing to the largest frame.
The Cabinet Maker used a staple gun to attach it.
I kept the original hanging wire,
and exposed to the front side so I could use it in the project.

The chicken wire added dimension and I kept the hanging wire exposed
so I could do this:  Add the vintage "The Price Is Right" game cards.
So very cool.

To hang the shoe horses, The Cabinet Maker made holes in the back of each one.
Then put we hung them up. They are cool! They were $1.

The frames, he hung up with a nail gun - right into the wall.
They're not going anywhere for a while.
Since it's high up, we took our time measuring and leveling as we went.

The big metal key, I found at a church rummage sale for .25 cents.
The frames ranged in price from .50 cents to $6.99 each. 
 Total: about $25 for all.
This includes the fab vintage game cards. (I've got more...tease!)

Looking at my desk before and after:

Fun to see the upstairs come to life!
The wall really needed something cool.  Mission Accomplished.
A pretty great $25 project!

Off to a new week, Enjoy!
xo Jeanne

So you can see how far it's come:

Here is the upstairs Before.
Here is the After.


  1. Looks great but hpw did you manage to hang them lol

  2. Nelly, We have really good stretching and reaching skills. HA!
    xo Jeanne.

  3. i think Lily was trying to tell you she wants you to frame a picture of you!
    Looks great!

  4. it looks fabulous. it is perfect for that area. :) visiting from coastal charm.

  5. I love, love, love your frames! Your wall is very inspiring. I've been wanting to do a wall, but didn't think to use old frames from sales. They have so much character and personality. Thanks! Have a lovely week!

  6. You did an outstanding job with the frames. I love the way you are using them.

  7. I love what you did with your frames! Good job! :)


  8. Loving your wall of frames and those darling shoe forms! :) Thanks for sharing at FNF :)


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