Friday, February 8, 2013

Semi Custom Framing

As you know, I love art. Mine is not fancy shmancy, but it makes me happy, and that’s enough for me. What I also love is properly matted art with wide borders and quality frames. Before I delve into how these pieces were framed, I wanted to say that I love the result. I love the thin golden frames, the wide wide mats and the bright colours against the black of the wall. Every time I walk into the dining room, I smile. This is exactly how I pictured this corner of the house and I couldn’t be happier.

Now, about the framing... We all know how much custom framing costs, and I was not in a position to spend that much money. Instead, I was lucky enough to pick up three huge (27” by 34”) identical frames at Value Village about a year or so ago. They have been collecting dust in the basement ever since. The art I’ve posted about before, HERE, and was bought via Etsy. The mats in the frames were old and have lost their shape. Their openings were not suitable for my pieces and couldn’t be used. Instead I ordered custom mats at Michael, at $50 per piece. Not cheap by any means, but definitely not the price of custom framing. I had the mats cut to allow pieces to float and I really love the effect. Once the mats were ready I did the rest of the “framing” myself. It was a fun and easy project to do in the evening.

While at Michael’s I also picked up gold paint pens. See, the frames were the 80’s shiny gold, scratched and pretty sad. But I loved the shape of them and so I wanted to give them a bit of a brushed gold look. The pens worked great, just don’t forget to shake them every 5 minutes. The coverage is not perfectly perfect, but I think that only adds to the charm.

The scale of the overall installation if perfect for the wall. Not too much, not too little. Perfect impact without overtaking the space. Perfect.

PS. I know the peice on the right is lower. It's been like that for 2 month and we just haven't gotten around to fixing it. I'm kind of partial to its perfect imperfection :)


  1. you really truly did an exceptional job with those frames. goes *perfectly* with the art work.
    stunning space Nat!

  2. fantastic job! sorry i have been mia the frames and cannot believe michaels did custom mats for you. I swear I have been in there begging them and they said i had to order the full thing from them.

  3. I love it!! The combo of the gold and the black wall and the credenza? Amaze-balls.

  4. looks fantastic! it would make me happy too.


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