If You Like It, Then You Should’ve Put A ‘Frame’ On It


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:


(Ignore the awful photo. You get the idea.)

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.

My solution?


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.)
  • level
  • pencil
  • 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.

First: Drew my plan using a pencil and a level.  Then I taped according to my 'framed' pencil lines.

First: Drew my plan using a pencil and a level. Then I taped according to my ‘framed’ pencil lines.

Next, I painted the inner frame band in Behr's 'Cottage White'.

Next, I painted the inner frame band in Behr’s ‘Cottage White’.

Followed by my second color choice (colonial farmhouse red) for the outer frame.

Followed by my second color choice (colonial farmhouse red) for the outer frame.

Remove all of the paint, and voila!

Remove all of the tape, and voila!

The trick to getting such a clean line is to use the appropriate painter's tape and to first paint the tape edge's with a coat of the wall's base color.  Seals the edges!  No seepage!

The trick to getting such a clean line is to use the appropriate painter’s tape and to first paint the tape’s edge’s with a coat of the wall’s base color. Seals the edges! No seepage!

Add your photos/art.

Add your photos/art.

Looks great, doesn't it?

Looks great, doesn’t it?

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?

You can see that post here!

Until next time…, happy decorating and painting!




24 thoughts on “If You Like It, Then You Should’ve Put A ‘Frame’ On It

  1. 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.

  2. Lauren says:

    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.

  3. Christa says:

    Great job, it really makes those pictures pop!

  4. twistnpout says:

    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)

  5. This turned out really great! I love the red color choice and can’t wait to see what else you did in the room!

  6. Awesome, Awesome Awesome! Love that you did all that with paint!

  7. 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!

  8. What a great idea! Perfectly executed, too 😉

  9. I love the red and white frame!!! It really goes with the nautical prints. What a clever way to add to the space.

  10. Jo says:

    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

  11. Tamsyn says:

    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 🙂

  12. […] a previous post, I showed you have I framed two, nautical prints using paint.  Not only did it give the art more […]

  13. Megan says:

    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

  14. igotthismartha says:

    So cute, and such a great idea!

  15. […] First and foremost, I removed all traces of the coral accent color and replaced it with red.  This was primarily done with the addition of painted wall accents.  You can see those tutorial posts here and here. […]

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