Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tiny Changes - updating decorative frames

We bought our beautiful home in the woods about a year ago and, truthfully, I've been negligent with some things. I've stripped the wallpaper in the kitchen (well about 2/3 of it) but it remains unpainted. In the living room, I ripped up the corner of wallpaper on one wall....yeah, let's not talk about the big jobs. One of the small things I'd still not updated from the original owners was a pair of picture frames on the sides of the kitchen cabinets that surround the window over the sink. These 5x7 frames had matted pictures of spices on them. Sounds ok for a kitchen, right? But these were old and faded and just not attractive.
I pulled the frames down (which they had adhered with sticky-back velcro - pretty good idea!)and removed the pictures and mats. Ok, so I'm cheap and the thought of spending money on new mats never even crossed my mind. Not even once. I went to my craft room (which is really a corner of our spare bedroom) and picked out some scrapbook paper that perfectly coordinated with the furniture and color scheme of the house (ok, the color scheme of the house when I get it painted). After that, I went on my computer and simply printed out two little pictures - one says "This home seasoned with love" and the other "eat, drink, be merry", added some cute pics to finish it out and then put the frames back together.
And last, but not least, I put the frames back up on the cabinets. Will anyone likely ever pay attention to them? Nah, probably not, but I like them, they make me smile and I can also convince myself that I really am getting things done around here! lol
For me, the cost was, at the very most, a penny or two (I already had scrapbook paper, the frames and the pictures were only printed on plain copy paper but you could very conceivably do your own for less than five dollars. The Dollar Tree has a variety of frames for (you guessed it) $1 each and any craft store will carry scrapbook paper for anywhere from 50 cents to a couple dollars. After that, all you would need is the sticky-back velcro!

Keep Crafty! ~ Heather ♥

10 comments:

  1. WOW! This is such a lovely idea! Thanks for sharing. Great pics as well. :)

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    1. Thanks! It was so simple and could be done for next to nothing - two of my favorite criteria lol

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  2. I have a bunch of old picture frames lingering in the back of my closet. Looks like it's time to pull them out and revamp them. Thanks for the inspiration.

    Manny

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    1. Absolutely!! So many things you can do with them and I'm hoping to put some new how-to's with frames!

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  3. Great update on those frames, much more cohesive to the look you have going on, and nice kitchen quotes as well!

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    1. Thank you! As soon as I paint that darned kitchen, it'll all pull together lol

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  4. Your new framed pieces look so much better. TFS #sscnet

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    1. Thanks Barbara! The old ones had probably been up there ten years or more and were just sooooo faded!

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  5. I have a stash of frames I need to be doing something with, thanks for the inspiration! #sscnet

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    1. Keep watching then because I've got some other frame redo ideas =)

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