6.14.2010

Picture Collage


Usually I get a BIG idea for decorating my home - but I have a small budget.
This problem forces my creative hands and gets those juices flowing!

3 years ago my husband and I bought our house and completely gutted it and remodeled the entire thing. This process took a long time and a lot of patience - and we still have things we need to finish - such as our cabinet doors in our kitchen (as you can see in the picture) - but that is another post for another day!

When you walk through my front door, I have a huge living room - that is empty. I have a few things up here and there - but for the most part - No decorations. There is also no furniture either.

When you walk in the first thing you see is this big empty wall.


I hate this wall. I had a BIG idea of creating a fabulous picture collage and started my search for picture frames. I learned that even with %50 off at Hobby Lobby and sales other places that I would still be looking at $7-$40 a frame and with as many as I wanted for my "vision" I knew that would add up quickly. So I have been putting it off and putting it off - until last week when I was laying on the floor - staring at the big empty wall - when it hit me like a ton of bricks -

"Why don't you go to the thrift store and see if
they have any that you could spray paint?"

Duh!! I read tons of blogs that find awesome thrift store deals - I have no idea why I didn't think of it before. I jumped in the car and Quinn and I were off to find some frames - and find some we did!


I just started picking up any size or shape that were in good condition and really sturdy - I want my wall to be cheap but not look cheap! All of the ones that I picked were between $.75 and $2! I even picked up a little something else for another project. I am thrift store hooked!

I got them home and immediately went to work prepping the frames for painting.

Some Advice:
If you can, avoid the frames with a million staples. They are the ones usually covered by paper backs. You have to practically pull out each and every staple with tiny little pliers and it is crappy - however, if you find a frame you can't live without and it has a back like that - go for it! Be patient... I tired popping out the glass before I had all the staples removed and ended up shattering the glass and slicing my finger. ouch.
Go Big! Go Small! Go Chunky! Go Skinny! Buy lots of different kinds of frames.


Then I sprayed them all black with Rust-o-leum Flat Black and
top coated them with Rust-o-leum Clear Gloss 2x.


Then I arranged and re-arranged a hundred times looking for a pattern that I loved. I always set up what I want the wall to look like on my floor so I can see it before I start punching a hundred holes in my wall. I moved the frames around and around and around...


Until I came up with the design that I loved!


I made that clock a little more than a year ago and have been waiting for the perfect spot for it and finally found it! I love the wall and can't wait to finish filling in the pictures. I thought about waiting and sharing this when I had them all filled in, but who knows how long that will take and besides I was too excited!! And the best part is that I have a fabulous collage wall that was a little bit less than $30! 

Before:


After:


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17 comments:

Kerstin said...

Oohh!!! I love it. It looks so great. I've been buying great frames at the DI for a couple months with the idea of doing something like this. You have inspired me to go home and GET IT DONE! Great job!~

Jennie said...

SO CUTE! I love the clock in the middle. I might have to try this to go around a clock I have. Thanks.

Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

Staci J said...

That looks great!! I love the clock in the center.
Visiting from justsewsassy.com

Michelle said...

It looks great! Empty frames are all the rage right now anyway right?! BTW I will be expecting a call/text from you in the morning!! I won't have any news until evening,but at least I can celebrate yours!

Donna said...

I love the finished product! You scared me at first with the before frames! The black pops with the light carmel walls, just lovely! Thanks Donna...the 3rd sister

Angie said...

Love it!!! Come to my house, I'll put you to work!

Maghann said...

Amanda that looks great!! I love it :) I know you will fill in your frames but i think that one or two left blank would still be cool! Very crafty!!

Sunshine of Seven said...

The wall looks Great!! Don't you love it when a project comes together, and at an Awesome Price!!

Chickenista said...

HI! Im a new follower with MM! C'mon over for a visit. chickenista.blogspot.com

I love having pictures up, it just feels more homie.

sewingseeds4U said...

Wow...what a transformation! I love it. I have a large wall that I've been staring at while...this idea might just work.

Jocelyn said...

i heart collage walls! Yours looks great!!!

ificould said...

I am so impressed that you got all of those frames for so cheap. I hit the DI last week looking for frames and was not so lucky... I'll have to give it another go.

Meet Virginia said...

WOW! I love what you did and for how little you did it! You are awesome girl, way to go!!

~Morgan

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Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

it turned out awesome :) such a simple project makes the biggest impact!

Laura said...

This turned out really great. I can't believe you made that clock. It looks great!


I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog and I'd love it if you stopped by.

Laura @ along for the ride

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

This is such a creative solution! Thanks for the tip on Modern Craftswoman Monday! Rory

Karla Z said...

I like it Amanda - it looks great!

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