Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Afforadable Wall Art Ideas

Have a bare wall at home and don't know what to do with it? Well Better Homes & Gardens have 22 DIY cures for bare walls. Here are our favourites…

Turned an old divided window into a frame for over the sofa. Sand, prime, and repaint a salvage-yard window, then fit a precut mat and a favorite photo into each opening. Keep them in place with framer's glazing points (find them at crafts stores). Add a vintage knob to give our new artwork old-fashioned character.

You'd be surprised how beautiful close-up photos of flowers can be, even the snapshots you take with your own digital camera. Take your favorite flower images to your local photo center and have them enlarged to enhance the details, and ask that they be printed on canvas, rather than photo paper. Crisp white frames make these pretty petals pop, but you could simply stretch the canvases over frames for a modern edge.

It's like a photo album for your wall. Use a piece of common molding to make a picture rail. Decorative golden picture hooks fitted with short lengths of hardware-store chain suspend all sizes and shapes of frames. Simply cut the chain to the desired length and top with a circular link. Then hang each piece and enjoy happy memories each time you pass by.

Find an old frame at an op shop or vintage store , that is in need of a little TLC. Clean it up, prime it, and repaint. Place an old vintage map in to the frame. Lightly sand the edges to mimic aging, then add a light coating of crackle finish to give it a time-worn appeal to match your vintage map.

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