Mar. 2010 24

Picture Wall

When DC got hit with a blizzard in December, I decided it was time to finally tackle a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time: a picture wall.

I had bought these wooden frames from Michael’s for $1 each. I picked 4 colors that I thought complimented each other: metalic brown, copper, gold and green. Then, armed with painter’s tape and foam brushes, I began to paint the frames. **Note: foam brushes are key because it eliminates brush strokes so you end up with an evenly coated surface.** I painted all the frames solid colors and then added strips and other straight-lined patterns. I chose straight-lined patterns because it was a nice crisp look. Due to multiple coats, drying time, and all around laziness on my part, the whole project took about a week. In the end, I like the outcome. It’s really adds personality to the space, and the pictures are easy to change out.

You’ll notice in my pictures, I’ve blocked out the actual pictures in the frames. I did this because I wanted the focus to stay on the frames, not the people in them. Also, there is a large frame that I bought that is in the center of the picture wall. I blocked that out because it wasn’t one that I made.

A Tip:

These frames come with a hole drilled in the back that you can use for hanging. I highly suggest not using these. Instead, invest in some picture hangers. It will save you the headache of trying to make the frames hang level.

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