If You Like It, Then You Should’ve Put A ‘Frame’ On It24
March 27, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Have you ever owned a piece of artwork or two, or three, or four that just didn’t work in your space because the scale was all wrong?
You know, everything about the art works with the room: the subject matter, the colors, the style, but the piece, or even pieces, are just too small.
Although, I haven’t shown you Ascher’s nursery (previously Claire’s nursery) yet,
I had this very problem with the artwork above the changing table.
But first, I had to change out those coral/seashell prints for something less feminine:
A better subject matter for a little boy, but the scale was all wrong and there was nothing to define the space above the changing table.
Put a frame
on around it!
Sure, I could have searched for a large frame the perfect size, or had my husband build me one, or even just purchased new artwork, but you know me…, I solved my problem with paint!
I’d seen something similar via a Pottery Barn catalog, which was helpful in convincing my husband. Then, I saw this pin on Pinterest.
This was really easy to do. I only required the following supplies:
- paint (of your color choice)
- painter’s tape (I used FrogTape.)
- and a bit of confidence with a plan
Here’s a progression of photos. It was looking pretty scary throughout the process, but I really love the finished product.
Of course, if you don’t want to (or can’t) paint, you could always use washi tape. OOOooh, think of the possibilities. Next time, I’ll show you how I added Ascher’s initials to the frame without using purchased vinyl decals or a Silhouette machine. I’ll also share some other little embellishments around Ascher’s nursery. (Pssst, you can see those here!)
Want to see the entire nursery that was pieced together for only $46.00 dollars?
Until next time…, happy decorating and painting!
You did a really nice job on this! I love the color combination!
Thanks! I am so far behind with writing posts. So, hopefully, I’ll be sharing Ascher’s nursery (you know, he’s ONLY 19 months old now?) shortly. Hopefully before he is a ‘big boy’ requiring a room fitting for such an age.
This is such a cool idea. I’ve never seen this before!
Thank you, Lauren. It is one of those ideas that was in the back of my mind, but I never put the time aside to complete it. Also, when I first mentioned it, Chris, my husband, snarled at the idea. Then, I saw something similar in a Pottery Barn magazine and Chris was sold. Forged ahead, I did! I am happy that I trusted my instinct.
Great job, it really makes those pictures pop!
What a great idea!! love it, Now i have to find some at work to frame… I have a lot of windows and am limited on wall space, but I can do this in our Master bedroom I think. i have a HUGE wall in there that I need to think about.
You are quite welcome. In terms of your master bedroom, you could also paint a square, rectangle, circle (whichever shape you prefer) on the wall in a contrasting or complementary color and create an instant frame for a gallery. (hint, hint)
This turned out really great! I love the red color choice and can’t wait to see what else you did in the room!
Why thank you. Well, I made small changes, as I have a tiny budget and didn’t want to reinvent the wheel after the major overhaul for Clairisse’s toddler room.
Awesome, Awesome Awesome! Love that you did all that with paint!
Thanks! Well, paint is the medium that I feel most comfortable. So, if I can solve a problem with paint, I will.
Christine, the contrast between the before and after is so huge here! I love the nautical prints…and the bright and bold frame really just make it pop. You know me and my Silhouette obsession…can’t wait to see how you did your vinyl monogram letters. Can you believe I haven’t yet used my machine to cut vinyl? Saving that for my April Silhouette Challenge post, I suppose…or I’m just busy. Ha ha. Happy Thursday!
Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂 I know you have been busy. Can’t wait to see what you have going in April. Trust me, my solution was a pain, but it worked out.
Adding a reply to hopefully knock your comment count up from 666! Yikes! 🙂
What a great idea! Perfectly executed, too 😉
Thank you. I tried. My husband wasn’t so sure, so he made me a little wary of how it would turn out, but I couldn’t be happier with the results.
I love the red and white frame!!! It really goes with the nautical prints. What a clever way to add to the space.
Really love this embellishment. Now I’m looking around for a place to use the idea. Great job. I’ll be back for the monogram info. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music
Thanks! I am not following your blog. (Note to self – write monogram tutorial.)
I love this so much!! Both my boys rooms have big blank walls that need filling, I can’t wait to do something like this in one of their spaces. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂
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It turned out fantastic! I was thinking of doing something similar in a room redo I’m working on…I’m pinning your idea for inspiration. 🙂 Megan
So cute, and such a great idea!
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