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When I asked my BBFF (Best Blog Friend Forever) Janssen what I should write for my intro for SSS she said, "um, how freaking awesome you are, mostly."
(And now you see why she is my BBFF)
So, hi. I'm Kayla of Freckles in April. And I am freaking awesome.
My husband is a photographer and we frequently order 8x10s of pictures we love. Unfortunately, getting them all custom matted and framed is beyond our budget and lowly 8x10 prints in 8x10 frames don't have a whole lot of visual impact when hung by themselves.
When I redid our living room in our last house I had 7 B&W prints I wanted to hang but the 8x10s were too little for the space. I decided that I loved the soft blue wall color enough to let it shine through and hung the pictures in larger mismatching black frames with no mat. It's a super cheap and easy way to fill up wall space. It looks better on a pretty wall color but even with our current blah renter's white it does the trick.
|This is an 11x14 Mabry print...it would have cost a couple hundred dollars to mat and frame. This cost me less than $5.|
- Wood frame. I got most of mine at Goodwill 50% off day. You want a standard sized* frame that is bigger than your print. Check to see if it has hanging hardware on the back. It's fine if it doesn't, but just beware that adding your own hardware is a huge pain and not as sturdy. You can discard any frame backing. You only need the frame and the glass.
- Replacement glass to fit your frame (get two pieces if your frame didn't come with glass to begin with). Make sure you measure the frame opening or existing glass before you go shopping! At Home Depot they usually keep the replacement glass in the very back by the big saw thing near the lumber.
- Glazier points (they look like ninja stars and are with the picture hanging hardware)
- Picture hanging hardware for the wall (and back of the frame, if your frame has none)
- Paint scraper
If you want to paint your frame then do that first. I painted all mine black. Add hanging hardware to the back if it has none. Be prepared to swear and hate life for a few minutes.
Clean the glass pieces thoroughly. You may need to use Goo-Gone on your new glass. The packaging is obnoxious and tends to leave a little residue.
Put one piece of glass in the frame. Center your print face up on the other piece of glass. Secure with a little piece of tape on the back so it doesn't slide around on you.
Put the second piece of glass in the frame, sandwiching your print between the two pieces.
Place glazier points flat side down on the glass. Use your paint scraper to push them into the wood at glass level. These hold the glass in and I do a minimum of 4. I'll do a lot more if the frame is bigger.
Hammer in some wall hardware, hang, and you're done!
*Standard sizes are: 3x5, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, 16x20 (I think they have one or two larger sizes as well, I just can't remember what they are). If you find a frame that is a nonstandard size you'll need to buy glass that is a little bigger and then cut it to fit. Home Depot stocks glass cutters with the replacement glass (it sounds scarier than it really is. Cutting glass is quick and easy. Find a couple online tutorials and have at it).