Didya see our guest room reveal? Didya didya didya? Well one of the pieces of art featured was a result of some flea market hunting and gathering.
But that’s not how it looked when I found it… One of the things I love grabbing at a thrift store or a flea market or a yard sale is art. Drawings, canvas, you name it… I have a little bit of a stock pile and I finally decided to figure out a way to display this growing collection. Here’s some of the artwork I’ve collected… I’d venture to guess that each of these was in the $2-10 range. I’m a baller.
Ever been to a framing store? Well I have. I LOVE them, but dang they’re expensive. You know where I’ve also been? A flea market. And one of the things that are ALWAYS for sale, are old frames. So I measured all of my artwork and indicated whether it was a canvas or a print/ photo and kept this info on my phone. (FYI, frames for a canvas are deeper than a frame for a simple matted piece of art…). It’s taken a while to find the right sizes, but just like a few months on match.com or an hour trying on bluejeans, it takes a while to find the right fit. May I present exhibit B… a few frames I found that fit some of my art.
I used paper packing tape to hold the artwork in place… I didn’t want anything too adhesive. I also wanted something that would allow the artwork to ‘breathe’ or that would allow air flow (I don’t know if this packing tape does that… but it somehow seems more ‘breathable’ than duct tape!). This tape has been okay, but not great. I love that it’s paper, but I’m sure a framer could give some better advice.
No technique to my taping… just tried to keep it tidy!
And again… for anyone who wonders how I get these projects done… this is how. Helpers.
Some of these frames are just fine as is, but there are a couple that could use a slight makeover… the frames in our living room are predominantly gold so I might go after one of these with some Rub ‘n Buff. What’s that you ask?! The beauty of hitting up a blogging conference is that you can’t help but hear about cool DIY products sitting around the breakfast table or in the ladies room or packed into an elevator. Apparently with rub n buff, you can simply rub on a pretty gold finish! Stay tuned for whether it really is as simple as that!
You may not love the artwork (hello to my dad) but you’ve got to admit, this is one quick and easy way to get some legit framed artwork up on your walls! Sometimes a little flea market patience pays off!
I have a few fun projects in the works to share with you either this week or next! A grubby camera lens is bumming me out for my after pics, but I’ll figure something out. Here’s an instagram hint for one of them!
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