My main man and I are in the middle of redoing our living room. It was always OK, but a little dark and had weird doors in the archway between it and our front room. Also, we bought this with stale wedding money to go with this, our fav wedding gift, which we do in fact refer to as “The Nagouchi” , and needed to make room for ‘The Eames’. So we took down the doors and put them in the front hall closet, which gave us about 4 cubic feet more floor space and about 8 more cubic feet of visual space, and started the rearranging yesterday.
We have a lot of furniture and a lot of art because we are design junkies and pack rats. It has been a real adventure fitting everything into our three bedroom apartment. But in redoing the space we’ve gotten rid of a lot of stuff and realized that we needed more art than we already had. But we are broke.
Solution: inventing art with stuff we have in the house. I spearheaded the project and decided that high art was the way to go. A few years ago I won an essay contest and in addition to cold-hard cash I got an art textbook. But we already had one art textbook and I spilled coffee on the prize one. We also had a bunch of small old frames that we bought at an auction sale and have been keeping around in a box ‘just in case’ (pack rats). I now feel totally justified in purchasing these frames, keeping them around for two years, and moving them at least once as I have turned them into beautiful art!
As per my plan to become as much like Martha Stewart as possible, here are the instructions for the project:
1. Prepare old frames of many sizes and styles by cleaning the glass and cutting off stand flaps.
2. Cut out pictures of famous pieces of art to fit the frames from a superfluous textbook, or print some favourites off the internet, mixing portrait and landscape, styles, and don’t be afraid to crop.
3. Put pictures in frames and glue on hanging devices with hot glue gun and glue or tape description of art to the back.
4. Trace outline of all of the pictures-in-frames onto paper, marking whether the picture is landscape or portrait and making a description of the art so you know which one is which, also marking the precise location of the hanging device. Cut out.
5. Arrange cut-outs on wall by taping them on. Make sure to vary colours and styles in layout.
6. Hammer in a nail on the hanging mark you’ve made on the cut-outs, ensuring to leave the nail far enough out of the wall to accommodate for any stand flap leftovers.
7. Place art over appropriate cut-out and rip traced cut-out away from the wall.
This one is my fav because the frame and image work so well together <3.
And this is one my cats on my newly laid-out bar/plant stand. Aww<3
p.s. I’m going to start adding suggested listening for my blog entries: