Art For Your Walls, Decor For Your Home: June 2012

I’m the kind of person who starts a project, and if it comes to a halt for whatever reason, will let it go to “sleep” for a while, and… start a second one.

As a result of all these “halts” I have at least 3 projects started but not finished: my decorating mannequin, living room wall decor with framed art, and my empty frame decor hallway.
The empty frame decor for walls is not a new idea, I know, I even don’t know if it’s still in fashion! but I liked the way the empty frames look on the walls. I was inspired by these pictures:

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Nacho Polo design via Apartment Therapy

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via marthastewart.com

1. Gathering Frames and Preparing

Well, let me tell you: the framed decor for my dark, long hallway, is not as easy as I thought!
First, I started gathering frames. I didn’t look at a particular style or color or material as I wanted to have a good mix of everything.

So far, I have these:
-the big ornate frame, you have seen it in “Christmas Mantel Decor”.

It went a long way from this:

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to this:

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I bought it at a garage sale for $5; it was in a rough shape and almost coming apart: empty-frames-wall-decor-04-8890425
I used wood filler to put it back together: empty-frames-wall-decor-05-2332375
I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Primer White and then with Rust-Oleum Universal Spray Paint in Gloss White.

The four little ones, I bought at Value Village for the whooping $1.99.
They started as oak colored frames, but ended as white vintage ones.

To get that look, I used some blue acrylic paint on top of the wood empty-frames-wall-decor-06-6271520
then used my white gesso paint as a substitute to chalk paint. empty-frames-wall-decor-07-7684958

The 2 oval ornate frames I bought at a Thrift Store at 3.99 per piece. A little bit expensive for my taste, but I liked the shape!

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I removed the cross stich and repaired the one that was damaged with Golden Paints Heavy Molding Paste.

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With a quick spray paint job,the whole aspect changed and the design of the frames really pops!

All the other frames I had them around the house, including an Ikea Malma mirror with pine frame( the mirror was removed and I was left with a chunky frame). They all got spray painted in gloss white.

Now that I have the frames all that is left is to arrange them and display on the wall, so stay tuned 🙂 !

Sharing with Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here