Custom framing DIY

Custom framing can be really expensive, but for someone like me who buys art without necessarily thinking about the framing element first, storing poster tube after poster tube of rolled prints can be a total nuisance - and a waste of art!

Since my art collecting began most prints have been sitting in storage waiting for the day that I have them framed. The thought of doing it myself has come to mind many times, but I've been avoiding it because I've been intimidated by matting. The fact that there are specialty tools required had me assuming it's hard and I would eventually frame my prints when I had some money burning a hole in my pocket. But, we've been busy with some changes in our dining room lately and I knew I wanted to hang a Kandinsky print we bought online years ago. 

Of course the print was a weird size and none of the regular frame stores sold anything nearing the size I needed, so I headed to Goodwill in search of something that might work. Sure enough, I found a frame that I thought could do the trick. For under $10 I was able to get a wood frame with glass to fit my large 24" x 20" print. A can of gold spray paint was all I needed to make it work along with some white poster board that I was able to cut to surround the print. Sure, it's not the greatest matting job in the world, but as long as you have a steady hand, a sharp knife and a good ruler, it's pretty hard to notice. It ended up looking like the poster itself had wider borders.

Turns out the gold paint I picked wasn't the right colour (I actually can't stand it), but until I get around to spraying it again, it is what it is. But to anyone looking to frame a print this is a great way to go. Ikea is my go-to for frames, but the sizes are pretty standard and I'm finding  more and more of them aren't made with glass but with a thin sheet of plastic which just isn't the same. Also, whatever the good people at Ikea use to make their frames it is next to impossible to paint it. The paint just peels off like nail polish. For less money you can get a thrift store frame and make it yours.

Summer vacation

I've been in cottage country this week soaking up the sun lakeside and enjoying every second of quality time with my family. There are 14 of us here which makes for lots of energy and many, many trips to the grocery store, but there is really nothing like being in this part of the world. It's magical here.

I've been trying to take advantage of nap time by doing a few cottage crafts and some reading. I finished The Paris Wife last night and I'm a bit shaken by it. I thought it was so sad. Has anyone read it?
I also experimented with marbelizing paper with nail polish. Have you tried it? I've got to work on my technique, but the finish when it's dry is really nice. It's got a lovely shine and it seems quite hard. I'm hoping to play around with different applications back in the city.

I hope everyone in Canada had a wonderful Canada day, and that all American readers enjoy their 4th of July celebrations tomorrow. Here's to summer!

Mint Green at home

I was at Ikea this morning shopping for another rug for our living room (lots of trial and error here folks), and as I was leaving this pretty shelving unit caught my eye.

Isn't it fun? There's so much mint in interiors these days. It looks fantastic with black, white and gold. I love how it's feminine but not in an in-your-face kind of way. I wish I had somewhere to put it in my house.


While we're chatting about mint...


From Home Beautiful magazine but I can't find the link

Wicker pendant lamps

I have one of these guys that I picked up at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore a few months ago. Turned out it was too big for where I wanted it in my house so I've got it up for sale on Craigslist, but it really bums me out that it won't work. Don't they look so nice hanging over a dining table?


Vintage Portraits


I was recently given a portrait of my Dad that was painted in the late '50's. I love the way portraits were done back then. When everything is digital now I like thinking that there was a time when people just sat still and waited for an image to unfold. There were a few paintings done of my grandmother throughout her life and I always thought they were so elegant and regal.

I love the way people are using portraits in their homes now. Mixing them in with modern elements I think they help a room look so personal and unique. And the nod to history adds another layer to a space. I dream of having a portrait done of my kids one day, but I doubt I'd be able to find an artist who could make them sit still long enough. No doubt it would be done from a photo. I guess we have to change with the times a little bit!

Here are a few lovely spaces that incorporate portraits into the design. What do you think? Is it for you or a bit too old-fashioned for your taste?

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