Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Frame by Frame

Remember this lovely steal of a deal?

This has become our default accent color for the family room since it is an awesome color, we have a lot of it, and heck, it was cheap! It is definitely a color I would have been a little shy of in the store if I had to choose it myself so perhaps it is best that it worked out this way because we love it.

Art-wise we want this room to be simple and obviously "family oriented" so portraits of the 3 of us were the perfect solution. We picked up some of these awesome, yet affordable frames from Ikea ($16 each!). We didn't want to go with the standard black frame or the predictable white frame so we decided to custom match it to the fireplace mantle with our favorite new color: grey


Before we painted we took out the glass:



To get even coverage and a smooth finish we applied 3 coats of paint.



We also matted the prints with a grey border just to tie in the colors even more and Voila! custom colored frames with prints of each of us. We have a few more to paint before we actually commit to hanging them on the wall in any sort of order but for now we are loving the view.

24 comments:

Freckles Chick said...

OMG! Those grey frames make such an impact! And it doesn't get much better than those images of family. Love,love,love this.

Amanda said...

I love this! Painting a different color really takes them from the standard Ikea to something that looks much more custom :)

Sa-Sea Boutique said...

Such a GREAT idea! Thank goodness they are building an Ikea in Tampa!!! Only one more month to wait!!!

wofficerswife08 said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love it! I love your whole house and you are so good at getting great deals! I wish I was this lucky! Thanks for sharing all of your awesome tips!

Taryn said...

Wonderful- they look almost silver. I love the black and white photos too.

Kira Elizabeth said...

I LOVE your blog! you have such good ideas and your baby is adorable..ever think about being an interior decorator? :)

Holly and Sean said...

Thanks so much everyone~ Katie you will be hooked!!!

Kira, thank you SO much. I have so much fun decorating our house that I would probably have a blast spending other people's money too LOL.

. said...

Love it!

C said...

I love that you didn't do the white or black! Looks great!

hopeful #1 said...

First, I love those frames and I have some that I too need to paint. Second, I love how you are making such great use of that grey paint! What a freaking deal!!! I love how it's really worked for that room too!

This room is just so cute!

Shannon said...

lookin' good!!!

Hiker - Kelly B said...

Looks great! What size prints did you order to fit in those frames? Where did you order your prints?

Mrs. Limestone said...

That looks soo good! You know I love gray :)

Holly and Sean said...

Hi Kelly! The picture opening is 11.5 inches so I ordered 11x14 prints in matte finish from a local drug store, but you can do it online at Walmart as well. I then cropped the picture down to 11x11 at home since it was cheaper than having a custom sized print. Each print was $11!

Erin said...

Absolutely, positively fantastic!

Marge said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous!

Suzie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the gray!

Stephany said...

wow Holly....I am in love with that...and the pics are amazing.

Molly said...

So cute! Why can't I be creative like this? I'm sure I could be but I always have excuses. I want to be all crafty like you and make my cute home adorable. But it's just a disaster zone.

Emily said...

Those look great!

Lindsay said...

the gray looks great against all that white!! LOVE IT!! So chic and fresh looking!

Mommy Moreno said...

you are doing an AWESOME JOB! I love your house and your style and Im completely green with envy that youre able to make it look like that without breaking the bank ... unreal.

J said...

Great idea! I love how the painted frames look, and the pictures in them are so pretty too.

Ani said...

Great Pix!
I actually love them leaning on the wall like that...

 
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