I would consider myself a moody decorator. I change out throw pillows, move furniture around, put different art up not just seasonally but sometimes weekly all according to my mood. And why shouldn’t I? People dress according to their mood, eat according to their mood, style their hair a certain way according to their mood. I get that going out and buying a new a new pair of jeans is a little different than buying a new sofa just because your in the mood but still…
Remember a couple weeks ago I talked about my hallway gallery wall dilemma? I came up with a new solution that cost me under $6.00 per piece.
I love hanging family pictures on the wall. They bring personality and uniqueness to a home. Instead of using traditional frames with glass again that will end up getting broken with three rowdy boys, I opted for something a little different…
I first needed some updated photos of my family. I’m a wanna-be professional photographer. The majority of pictures I take are with my phone. I do have a DSLR Cannon Camera as well as tons of books and how to use it but I still shoot the majority of the time on automatic. I find that when I’m trying to grab my camera to capture a “moment” I”m not worried about fooling around with lighting, settings, etc.
Last week I staged a very informal, organic photo shoot with my family. No fancy outfits, no prep, just them, a white wall and my camera on automatic. In fact, whatever they were wearing is what they got snapped in.
My seceret weapon to making my pictures look somewhat decent is free online photo editing programs like PicMonkey or my favorite free phone photo app Aviary.
Julia did a something very similar if you’re a fan of Photoshop.
I could have had them printed at a professional photography lab but remember, I’m a moody decorator. Instead I went a really inexpensive route and had them printed at Staples on the Engineered Printing Paper (which I did here once before). For $1.99 each they printed them 24 x 48. That way if I get tired of them in a short time (or my 4 rowdy men find a way to ruin them) I won’t feel guilty having not spent a whole lot of money.
The prints come on thin paper that is typically meant for things like blue prints. To give them more stiffness and substantiality I used spray adhesive to attach them to a piece of poster board cut the same size.
Hanging wood poster frames are nothing new but I recently fell in love with them for visual uniqueness and affordability they give to a piece of art.
I was really inspired by these here, here and here.
Next, I picked up some window trim at my local hardware store for around $1.00/ft. There are a lot of other inexpensive options out there. After I put my projects together I kicked myself realizing the trim was almost the same dimensions as a large paint stir stick which is free…duh. (See my paint stir stick house numbers project). Next time. I cut my trim down then used a Walnut shade to stain them with a rag.
To attach the trim to my picture I flipped the trim over (wrong side up), then the picture (also wrong side up) and aligned the picture on top of the trim securing with a hand held staple gun.
I attached trim to the top and bottom of my picture, only the front side of the picture. Next I attached two eye hooks to the top of my trim pieces and tied everyday twine to them which holds the piece up.
I never pictured three little men in my life pre-children but boy, I’m smitten.
You can’t beat $6.00 for a custom photo shoot, print and framing.
There’s so much to love about this project but one of the things I like best is the price doesn’t guilt me in to feeling like I can’t be a moody decorator when I’m ready to change it out in the not too distant future.
I used the same inexpensive framing idea to hang this piece by Light and Ink above my mantel.
I followed the same process to put together this piece however, I used trim pieces on both the front and back, top and bottom of print to give it just a little more polished of a look.
Had I framed this print it would have cost me a pretty penny because it is an unusual size and it would have had to be custom.
For under $10.00 I was to just use trim, a 6 screws, a couple of eye hook screws and some twine.
Tune-in to see what mood strikes me to change my mantel to next.