what to do with a $2 picture frame

Interior design is still somewhat intimidating to me. But, growing up with a Custom Homes Contractor father and an Interior Designer mother, I figure there has to be a creative side somewhere in me as well. I love the idea of creating our home into our own personal sanctuary and believe your home should represent all members of the family. Fortunately, David and I have pretty darn similar taste. (thank God!)

Our look is leaning more and more towards French Country with an emphasis on reclaimed wood, old barn wood, and anything rustic. Currently, it’s pretty contemporary from years of both of us being young and not too interested in how our homes looked.

Now it’s time to slowly start accumulating those things that fit into what our dream house would encompass. Except like most people, we are on a budget. So it’s time for me to get a little creative as well.

We have a lot of blank wall space and I think one of the most important things that makes a home a home is filling our walls with items that say something about everyone who lives there. I don’t always like pictures on the walls though. Sometimes it’s fun to throw odds and ends up that show various interests, color, and imagination. This is something I am working on. I tend to have a more black and white mind so it’s not always easy for me to think outside of the box.

About a week ago I was thinking about what I could do to fill out massive amount of wall space. I’m serious, we have very high ceilings which makes it even harder. If you look in my perfect little finds section you will see that I purchased an old antique dresser or table as David would call it. My intention is for this to go into the guest bedroom once painted but I had no idea what to hang above. And then it hit me. I love fabrics. I love going to fabric stores. It’s somewhat nostalgic for me as I grew up going with my mom often. There are some incredibly beautiful fabrics out there that in my opinion, work better than pictures do in frames. And that is what I decided I was going to do.

My adventure began by going to our local Goodwill and finding five old picture frames. It took me really trying to think outside of the box because some of them were ugly. Think 80’s bright pink. Once that was finished, I needed to decide what color I wanted to paint them and go to the fabric store and pick out what I felt represented the ‘look’ I was going for. I headed to Boersma’s Sewing Center in McMinnville, the crème de crème of fabric stores and a quilters little heaven. My best friend was with me and together, we found the perfect fabrics.

A few days later, I painted the picture frames a soft light yellow, the same color as our guest bathroom actually, and replaces the old dingy mats with new crisp white ones. I cut out cardboard rectangles to fit the cut out holes in the mats. My last task was to get the fabric aligned how I wanted and put the frames together and mount them on the wall.

The final outcome, I think, turned out quite nice.

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9 Responses to what to do with a $2 picture frame

  1. murphysrun says:

    Great job! Good for you for being creative and puttiing in the effort to make something simple into something personal. Now you have an actual story to tell when someone tells you they like it.

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you! I’m learning so much about myself through this process of moving from city to country! It’s very enjoyable.

  2. Viv says:

    Well done, I think they look fabulous!

  3. What a neat idea! I never thought to consider the fabric itself as artwork.

  4. teri Capalby says:

    love them Babe, they look so cute……….You are doing a great job making your new home reflect who you are. am really proud of you….love , your mama

  5. Jeanna says:

    LOVE THIS!!! SO very cute!~

  6. hugmamma says:

    Discovered you through “murphysrun.” Glad I did! Love your style…simple…cozy…charming. I’m not an interior designer either, but decorating, along with writing, is another of my passions. You might enjoy perusing my blog to see pictures of my home and garden. There might be similarities in our preferences. I wish you all kinds of fun as you undertake to make your home…

    all you want it to be…hugmamma. 🙂 adding you to my blogroll…so i can visit regularly. 🙂

  7. Debsie_K says:

    Great job! I totally feel the same way as you about starting out on a budget, interested in design but intimidated by it at the same time, and also loving the rustic country home look. I can totally relate 🙂

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