Monday, May 16, 2011

Cheap Frame Redo

I bought these GORGEOUS prints and needed something simple and um, basically cheap or free way to frame them. So, I measured 'em up real nice and took my handy tape measure to the DI (Mormon-land's version of "Goodwill" and found some frames that were close in size.

Then I made them MINE! 
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(Don't be JEALOUS of the artwork. YES those are ground hogs hugging and YES that is one of those RAD velvet marker posters...)

First: Take the darn thing apart, remove the HIDEOUS artwork and do what you want with it. Keep the cardboard backing. You're going to need it. 
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Sand the frame. Use a light grit because really, these are cheap little frames and they can't handle a rough grit. Just enough to keep the paint sticking.
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Paint it. I went with black due to the artwork I have and well, I had it. I used regular old craft paint. Again, it's what I had. I used a little foam brush. It was very easy.
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Lay the frame to dry. 

Next take fabric of your choice and lay it under the cardboard backing. Cut the fabric to be about an inch or two larger than the cardboard all the way around. 

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Tape the fabric tautly once on each side. I used masking tape. It works.
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Hot glue the entire piece of fabric all the way around, pull it taut as you go. Make sure it's nice and smooth, and tight as you go. NO wrinkles!
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Next, center the art work on the front side and tape it down with masking tape. Don't glue it! What if you change your mind later? This is re-doable for Heaven's sake! 
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Wash the glass, and put the frames back together. 
Hang and enjoy.
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This entire project cost me $6.00, plus the cost of the art. 

Nice, huh? 

So, before you think you need to spend bazillion of dollars on expensive framing, try the DIY repurpose way. If you hated spending marginal amounts of money for a nice project, then goodness, go and get it professionally done! You have my permission. 




4 comments:

Erin said...

I am a big fan of redoing frames. Big fan. I have several that I am going to re-paint for a "collage" wall, if the weather ever clears up enough for me to spray paint them...

Stepper the Mighty said...

I love this idea.

And I love the prints you found! Who did them?

But...seriously? The velvet marker butterfly poster takes the cake.

Morgan -Ing said...

Erin- I sprayed one once indoors. I do not recommend it for several reasons. The spray paint is on my wall...

Stepper- The art is by Nikki McClure. buyolympia.com is the only place I've ever found it for sale. She's incredible!

Katy B. said...

Those are amazing! Great job. :)

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