Saturday, July 4, 2009

I'll do it myself!

In a rare aimless moment, a few months ago, it occurred to me it might be nice to frame a couple of my favourite photos taken on a trip to Tasmania 3 years ago (never let it be said I'm one to rush things). After visiting professional framers who quoted me $55 EACH I thought "That's it, I'll do it myself"!!!

It took me a while to find suitable frames and then one day at a Vinnie's 50% off sale I picked up a pair for $4 each. I wish I had taken a "before" shot, they were a nasty orangey-pine colour and displayed nautical themed prints that looked like they had come from a calendar. Perfect!!!

A few coats of paint later (White Knight Quick Dry Gloss Enamel in Medium Grey - $7.95) they were the exact colour I wanted. Now for the matts - I simply used the white card that was backing the nautical prints and with much measuring, cutting and cursing cut holes to fit my photos.

Ta daa!
This little owl, which I picked up for 50 cents at Salvos also got the same treatment. There's plenty of paint left, so some poor unsuspecting pine lamp hiding away in an Op Shop somewhere may be my next victim, watch out!!!

10 comments:

kurrabikid said...

Clever, clever!!

grass1167 said...

You are a talented lady TT. Looking forward to catching up when you come up to the 'Hood.

Monica said...

I need to do this also. I love the black and white in contrast with the grey. Cute owl!!!

Missa said...

Awesome! Love the gray, it's a refreshing change from the ubiquitous black frames with white matting :)

brandi milne said...

Perfect, see? We don't have to pay someone's ridiculous prices - just do it yourself!! Great job, keep it up!!

Sonya-Dime Store Thrift said...

You did GOOD, girl! I am beyond impressed. And you know how I feel about owls...OH MY GOODNESS!

*** said...

Good job, the photos look really great.
I really like yor blog.

grunge-queen said...

Brilliant. I love the simple black and white....

Home Girl said...

well done madame, i have tried to go down a similar path with a set of 3 drawings i was trying to frame and couldnt find frames the right proportions. u've re-inspired me to try again. so much stuff i want to frame. the matching owl is super cute and really sets off the frames. love your work. also love the fish in previous post - i'm a girl that isn't afraid of kitsch

Musheee said...

I love black and white photos, the frames are gorgeous with them. Very stylish.