I was at a thrift store over the weekend and I saw they were having a frame sale. All the frames you could fit in a box for $5. Who could pass that up? So I grabbed a box and filled it with frames. I knew I was going to paint them all black, so I wasn't too picky about the condition or finish. After 20 minutes of digging through frames, 10 frames and a cute little mirror got to come home with me.
Next I stopped by Jo-Ann Fabric and Dollar Tree to pick up a couple more supplies. In all I ended up with:
~ 10 Frames & Mirror ($5)
~ 2 Sheets of Foam Board ($1 each at Dollar Tree)
~ 6 Sheets of Scrap Book Paper ($0.96)
~ 2 Sheets of Decorative Matting Paper for the bigger frames ($2.50 each)
~ Spray Adhesive
~ Krylon Black Gloss Spray Paint
I'm going to say up front that I should have taken more pictures along the way, but it was a pretty simple project, so I didn't think about it. I promise I'll do better next time. And I'm not sure where the camera is, so you guys are stuck with cell phone pictures. Sorry.
First I took the backing and glass out of the frames that had them. Then I painted all the frames with Krylon Black Gloss. When they dried, I had this:
While I waited for the paint to dry, I cut the foam board down to the size of the frames using the removed glass as a template. I should point out that since a couple of the frames didn't have any glass I traced those frames on the foam board before painting them so I would know what size to cut them down to. I forgot to take a picture of this step, but you're smart so I trust you can imagine what a piece of foam board looks like.
Next I focused my attention on the paper. Once again, I didn't take a picture of this step, but everyone's cut paper before right? That's what I did.
Grrrr...that one went crooked on me, that's where the poster tape came in
|Ignore the random crap on the shelf underneath.|
We've just been setting stuff there as we unpack.
I'm so happy to finally have something up on the walls. It makes the house feel lived. And for less than $15, I certainly can't complain.