A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Day 6: Frame Artwork (Yay!)

Once again, some of my planned projects for the start of the year just happen to coincide with Apartment Therapy’s January Cure: Choose a Piece of Artwork and Get Going on Framing.

Just before Christmas, Pottery Barn had a one-day 40% off sale on frames. I bought two of their 8×10 white frames for a couple of letterpress prints I bought (of two of our favorite beverages) almost a year ago for the kitchen.

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2013010906I already had acid-free tape and mounted the prints in the frames a couple weeks ago.

On Monday Pete and I hung the frames, conveniently covering the hole left from our landline, which we finally got rid of a few months ago (why I waited so long, I don’t know! I was paying $40/month just for the privilege of ignoring calls from my alma mater begging me for more money).

2013010902I also had a 50% off coupon code for Canvas on Demand and just before Christmas I uploaded this photo that I took at my relative’s farm in southern Illinois. We received that on Monday too so we hung it right away.

One of the options for the canvas is a wood floating frame. It is SO freaking cool — really finishes off the canvas nicely.

I wasn’t 100% sure where I’d hang it, so after trying a few spots we decided it looked best with our flea market signage.

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Technically we’re supposed to wait until the 29th to hang the artwork, but I didn’t know that on Monday. No matter, because I have one more print that I want to frame and hang, so that’s what I’m working on now.

I bought this print from Fab.com last summer. If you aren’t familiar with Fab.com, they say “Fab is Everyday Design. Fab’s mission is to help people better their lives with design. Millions of people around the world use Fab to discover everyday design products at great prices, to connect with the world’s most exciting designers, and to share their favorite design inspirations.”

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They sell items that they source from designers, artists and manufacturers for a certain period of time (unless they sell out sooner). Some things are one-of-a-kind vintage items or pieces of art, which can go really fast. It can be very addicting, so I try to limit the time I spend there because they sell lots of very cool stuff.

I bought this Chicago print because I thought it would look nice in our guest bedroom and would help welcome guests to our beautiful city. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on framing though, so today I bought a can of Krylon spray paint in satin brown, which I’m going to use to paint a red metal frame that I already have from an old poster.

I’ll post more about that as I go along, but I should be able to get the glass from the poster frame cut to size at a local framer for a small fee and I should be able to cut the frame to size with a hacksaw. The pieces join together with L-shaped brackets. I had a $5 coupon for our local Ace, which pretty much paid for the paint, so hopefully this will cost less than 10 bucks total.

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