I have absolutely loved getting to peek into some other bloggers’ homes these past few weeks and see how they decorate their homes without spending a lot of cash. This is the last week of the DIY for Less series and we are definitely going out with a bang! This week I have two lovely ladies sharing really creative, inexpensive ways to display photos in your home. There is no other art piece that can make me smile the way a photo of my own precious family can, so I am really excited to share these.
First up is Gilly from Colour Saturated Life who is insanely creative and talented. If you haven’t seen her blog, you have got to go visit – trust me, as soon as you see this project, you are going to want to dive right into the rest of her blog!
Hi Lovely Etc. readers! I am beyond excited to be here sharing a little DIY for your home and helping out the gorgeous Carrie while she spends this special time with her new little man. For those of you that don’t know me I am Gilly from Colour Saturated Life, I am an Australian blogger who is also a photographer & artist. I love sharing affordable and creative DIY decor for your home, Art Tutorials, Furniture Makeovers and a little bit of Interior Design. I love colour, vintage furniture and thrifted finds and using an eclectic mix of these to make my home a unique and creative place to live.
Photography is a big part of my life and my favourite subjects are my family…..I believe the best art for your home are portraits of the people you love. While the timeless quality of framing will never date, I personally like being creative with how I display my family portraits. So today I am going to show you just how you can do that for yourself in your home. One of my favourite things to buy when I am out thrift store shopping (which we call op-shopping here, just in case you were curious) are vintage frames, especially ones with ornate details. If I can find them affordably priced I will snatch them up as you never know when you will need them. This DIY is a great use of a simple thrifted frame……
The photo you choose will need to be mounted onto foam. (Mine here was professionally mounted but you can do this yourself. I have a tutorial here that uses a self-mounted photo.) I bought the wood applique on Ebay as they are quite hard to find here. You will want your frame to be bigger than your photo as you want space between the frame and photo.
The first thing you need to do is to spray paint your frame and wood appliques in your chosen colour (I chose gloss black because it goes well with my decor). Once your paint is dry it is time to hang your frame on the wall. Use a level to make sure the frame is straight on the wall and mark with a pencil the top inside corners of your frame.
Using your pencil marks as guides, put one small nail into each mark and hang your frame.
The nails will be mostly invisible and the frame will appear to float on your wall.
You can see from the front the nails are not visible. Now apply your command strips to the back of your wood applique pieces.
Use a measuring tape to find the center of your frame on the top and bottom and stick your wood applique to the wall using these marks as a reference. The great thing about these command strips is that if you change your mind (which I frequently do) you can take them down and no marks are left!
Finally you need to place your photo in the center of your frame. You will use your command strips again on the back of the photo and find the center of your frame and stick the photo onto the wall.
I created this display for the tutorial but it is based on a huge one I have on display in my living room. It makes a beautiful statement as you enter my home and it always get compliments, which is pretty great for an old thrift store frame, a little spray paint a wood appliques.
I hope you enjoyed this simple DIY, I have lots of other creative and affordable projects on my blog…..
A Complete series on how I revive and revitalize old beaten up furniture with stain, paint & wax.
How to upcycle a common thrift store find to make high-end looking pots.
And, how I used an old framed painting to create my own modern art. I have been a long time reader of Lovely Etc. and I consider it a huge compliment that she would allow me to come by here and share a little bit of what I do.
Thank you for having me!