Tuesday, July 13, 2010

From Trash To...

We recently moved off base, and into this wonderful home (hugest blessing) that's in the middle of the rice patties, "no where", but that is my absolute favorite thing about it. I feel free to do crafts outside my home now, without the fear that someone might be watching, I can create in my pajamas and look terrible, or that the Military Police is going to arrest me for using spray paint in public. The Mr. has complained OVER and OVER, so lovingly allowed me to collect old frames throughout the years. Typically these frames have no glass, and are pretty much on their last leg. Why might I collect picture frames? I have NO idea! I just love how each and every one one of them are unique and full of character. The different shapes and sizes, and I imagine that each and every one of them has their own story.

That brings me to my newest creation...

I'm always looking for an interesting way to display my photographs. Just "framing" them, gets old... I've scrap booked a lot (but honestly, not many people like to sit there and go through books of your photographs)... I've used clip boards (I'll show you a fun look in a couple of weeks that I've been working on)... and today I wanted to share with you a fun look, for really cheap. I've finally decided to make something out of one of the frames that I've collected. This frame, in particular, was in my grandparent's old basement, and was going to be thrown out. I couldn't let that happen... so it's been sitting in my pile of junk frames, waiting to be used for the right "project". I've seen the idea of this, and I figured, "Why not try this out, it's unique, it's funky, it's fresh, it's totally Karen Davis!"

{Pick an ugly unused/thrifted frame that will get the makeover... the more detail it has, the better... it's going to become a focal point}

{Pick up whatever spray paint color you want to use, and a pair of yellow gloves- I used black, because a. the store on our base didn't have a huge selection and b. I wanted it to match my bed frame}
{start the spraying... warning: your pointer finger might ache the next day from holding the spray button down for so long... also, keep the spray at a good distance, don't want to inhale the fumes too much-trust me!}

{Marvel at the beauty that you created...Make sure you sprayed every nook and inch of your frame, and don't be a slacker and give it only one coat... try two coats}

{Once the frame is dried, the next couple of steps involve: craft wire, tiny frame nails, clothes pins, and fun photos. You will take the nails, and hammer them down into the inside of the frame. You will use the wire, and wrap around the nails, so that you create a "wired clothesline" look in the inside of your frame.}
{Clip some fun photos-mine came from a fun photo shoot I convinced the Mr. to do with me... and then Voila... you've created a neat way to display some fun photos you have!}

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  1. i love this idea. i am always looking for a way to display more pictures!

  2. that is such an awesome idea! i love it!

  3. Oh My GOSH!!!! Karen!!! I love it!!!!

    by the way, I'm totally using your idea in a few weeks! I just need to find a frame... and some spray paint... and some wire...

    and some of my favorite pictures of the hubs and I!

    That has seriously got to be the cutest thing I've seen in a long, long time!

  4. Good job babes....looks great - the Hubster.

  5. Way cool ~ Karen ~ WTG ~ CB

  6. I love this idea! I'm going to try it with smaller frames and do a cluster!

    I'm so jealous of your green grass! We've been having a pretty serious drought and my yard is mostly dirt and weeds (by mostly I mean pretty much all of it).

  7. So cute...I think I have my project for this week!

  8. Awesome! I love frames and I have the hardest time passing them up at Goodwill and yard sales. You did a great job! :)


  9. was totally going to do this in the states and then we moved...now i'll just have to keep an eye out for more frames here! :)