Dunns River Falls, originally purchased on a Jamaican vacation several years ago. When we decorated our first house, I framed the two prints, to match the family room decor:
|Prints framed in white-washed frames and green photo mats.|
|Outdated framing not really the right look in current house.|
This past Saturday, we bought a custom-framed panoramic photo of Atlanta at a moving sale (for a fabulous price). The frame was royal blue, which I knew would not work anywhere in our home. However, I felt the photo would perfectly fill the space above the massive, widescreen television in the basement. To remedy the unfortunate frame color, I decided to spray paint the frame black.
Paint is the cheapest way to make the biggest impact - and not just on walls. Frames are perfect candidates to be up-cycled or recycled using paint. An hour or two and a few bucks are all it takes. Keep this in mind before you toss or donate old artwork. And, keep it in mind when you are shopping at sales, thrift stores, or flea markets.
While we were purchasing black spray paint in the home improvement store, I thought of the Jamaica prints. What if I also use spray paint to update their look? It would save me money on artwork and re-purpose items we already love. We stopped in the craft store to buy new photo mats and headed home to update the art.
Prepare the Frame: The first thing I did, after pulling the prints out of storage, was to remove the artwork and glass from the frames:
|Print, mat and glass from frame.|
|Frames ready for paint.|
|Paper and tape protect the glass while spraying.|
Insert Artwork: After the frames were dry, I inserted the new photo mats and original artwork, making sure to center the print.
|Painted frames ready for artwork.|
|Artwork with new mats and newly painted frames!|
|Frame update complete!|
|Updated artwork rehung on walls.|
While the spray paint was out, I decided to update and up-cycle even more artwork: with spray paint:
|I sprayed an old frame with white spray paint and replaced the poster with a quilt remnant.|
|I refreshed an estate sale find with black paint.|