Thursday, May 10, 2012

Fun With Fabric

May has already been kicking my butt. I haven't been this busy since my sorority days in college. Four Weddings and A Funeral? Well I have two weddings, two Brewers baseball games, one Incubus concert, one charity walk, one family reunion, possible tooth removal and our engagement photos...all while we are still trying to fix up the house, oh and did I mention we are still planning our wedding?!

I have been squirreling away frames I see from Goodwill, Salvation Army and the Dollar Tree to finally start getting things on the walls. They did not need to match though. Little paint can fix just about anything.

I first used my trusty Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Primer and primed each surface of the frames.

I made sure to get into every crevice of the surfaces to ensure proper paint adhesion.

I then went back with Rust-Oleum white paint in a satin finish. Using a couple of coats for proper coverage.

Ten newly ready frames for my artistic creativity and photos to be added!

So back to the title of this post "Fun With Fabric". Many of the frames I bought were new and many came with white matching pre-cut mats.

Using one of the pre-matted frames, I used a bold printed piece of fabric I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics for about $3 and (after ironing the fabric first) cut the fabric to size. I used those awkward  family print that comes with the frame as my guide. 

Since it came with the mat, I just framed the printed fabric.

And since you all know by now I have a dirty love affair with striped prints, I did the same with a navy and cream using a little Dollar Tree pre-matted frame. Total cost of these projects with frames was about $11.

After working so crazily hard on making our walls smooth and hole free, I had a hard time putting nails back in them. I headed over to Lowe's and picked up a bunch of 3M Command hangers to prevent my possible indecisiveness from later having to re-repair the walls, again.

I hung them with my homemade fabric artwork from here above our couch in the living room. I apologize for the photo, I best lighting doesn't always give the greatest non-reflective glare of our front lawn.

So what do you think!? Not to shabby huh? I might add a few more things when I finally get some nice end tables in here. All in do time though.

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