Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quick Change Photo Gallery [super easy to make!]


Do you have a piece of fabric, wallpaper, etc. that is too small to use for a large project, but too special to throw away [or do you just like this idea]?? Here's a great project!!
I made this little photo gallery area and I'm super excited about it. Not because they are a ground-breaking design [but they are awesome... I can change photos in and out with only a tack... how easy is that?!], but because they are special. [This could be a very long story, but I’ll [try to] give you the quick version... I know too late already!]
I grew up in an old farm house [it’s around 120 years old now], and a few years ago I found a section of left-over wallpaper from the master bathroom. I have no idea how old the wallpaper is, but I do know that it was already there when my parents moved into the home in the early 1960’s. As a child I always loved their master bathroom because it felt very French and glamorous to me [fancy wallpaper, beautiful scalloped tiles, glass door knobs, etc.]. So anyway, the section of wallpaper wasn’t very large, but it was in perfect condition and I couldn’t bare to throw it away. Well, you know me [after all, I am the Salvage Savvy gal], I took it home thinking that someday I’d find just the right place for it [in the meantime I stored it in my super messy office]. Well, now I get to use it in my new [still super, but not messy] office!

Here's what you need:
Frames (glass & backing removed)
Homasote board (can be purchased in 2ft x 4ft sections at home improvement stores)
Spray Paint (I used white primer & gloss white paint)
Latex Paint (I used a titanium color)
Tintable Glaze

Here’s what I did:
I found inexpensive frames from the Goodwill [I spent $8 altogether]. It took several trips to different Goodwill stores, I didn’t “luck-out” and find them all right away. Patience is a virtue [and impatience inevitably costs more, so take your time if possible!]


Then I removed the backing and got rid of all of the [super snazzy] pictures inside.


Next, I primed them [using a primer spray paint], and then spray painted them in a glossy white finish. They were instantly better [they had been sitting around the house for weeks, and when I brought them in nicely painted my super hero hubby suddenly noticed them and said, “Where did you buy those?” In his “How much $ were those??” Voice]. Paint is just amazing!

I could have been done, but [since I’m a glaze addict] I decided that I wanted to give them a little depth. I mixed titanium paint with tintable glaze (1 part paint to 2 parts glaze) and used a cloth to wipe it on [making sure to get into the recessed areas]… and then used another cloth to wipe it off [making sure not to wipe it out of the recessed areas].

Next, I measured-out each frame size onto the homasote board and my super hero hubby used a skill-saw to cut them out [according to him, it’s an easy cut… but it is messy so be prepared.].

Then, I took the homasote boards and arranged them on the wall paper to make sure I cut each one in an “interesting” spot [this wallpaper is so beautiful, I don’t know how I could’ve messed that up, though.]. Next I just cut the wallpaper with plain-old scissors.

The last step was to lay the wallpaper in the frames, then lay the homasote board behind them and replace the backing on each frame. That’s it!

There was one frame where the homasote was too thick, so I just secured the back with packing tape [I know, high tech right?!] and added a new wall hanger right into the homasote board… super easy.
Now I can easily change my photos… whenever I want! Super easy and high-style! And the best part is that I now have a bit of my parent’s “glamorous” bathroom in my office to enjoy!




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26 comments:

  1. Great job on the frames. I especially like the pictures.

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  2. Love this post, as I'm a big fan of homasote and this is the first time I seen is suggested in a project. It is amazing that just the same color will make the frames look fabulous.

    Thanks for the last paragraph, because that was my question...

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  3. Thanks AJT! I agree... I use it all the time. Maybe I'll do a special homasote post to help get the word out!!
    Connie

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  4. I love it! Looks great! I need to update my frames in the living room! Thanks for sharing this at my party!

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  5. Thanks Jacqueline! Also, thank you for hosting, I really enjoy your blog :)

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  6. Beautiful! I love what spray paint can do. :)

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  7. Great idea! These are really pretty!

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  8. Those turned out great. :)Following you from MMM. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on over on my blog right now. The most viewed link will win a set of fancy rectangle chalkboard labels. This week I’m co-hosting with Reasons to Skip the Housework…so links will show up on both blogs! How fun!

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  9. Thank you Lisa & Ginger!!
    Ginger... I'm heading over to your party now, thanks for the invitation :)
    Connie

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  10. Stopping by from Ginger Snaps - these turned out great!

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  11. Beautiful project. A great use of scraps. I would love for you to share this project at my linky party.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspiration-board-link-party_21.html
    Thanks for the creative inspiration.
    carolyn | homework

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  12. Beautiful I love the texture that it added! I just bought a house 2 months ago and have been painting the walls and I need to do this with my photo frames when I get finished painting. Thanks for showing how to do this!!!

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  13. Carolyn- Thanks! I certainly will share it @ your party- thanks for the invitation!

    Leslie- I'm glad you like them! How exciting to have a new home- have fun decorating it! Salvage Savvy is all about high style, inexpensive DIY decor so you'll have to check in often for new ideas :)

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  14. That's a great idea, to use the extra wallpaper! I'm sure it makes this project even more meaningful.

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  15. I love the idea of using old fabric or wall paper as the matting, very clever. Thanks for the great idea, I found you over at Org & Decorate Everything.-Amanda http://blog.kuzakscloset.com/

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  16. What a great idea for inexpensive mats and frames! When I visit thrift shops I never "luck out". I always have to go back again and again before I find what I want.
    I found you through Organize and Decorate Everything.

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  17. How cute! I will definitely be trying this soon! I would also LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} linky party...it's going on now! And, I'm your newest follower! =)

    ~Briana
    sweetpeasandbb.blogspot.com

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  18. I love how these turned out. Thanks for linkng to the party this week.

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  19. Amazing what paint can do! :) Love it!
    Thank you so much for linking to {nifty thrifty things} last week!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  20. Great idea- I love paint! I'd love it if you shared this with WorkShop Wednesday. It would make a great addition to the party!

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  21. Ah, the power of paint...that's a fine looking photo gallery!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice last week. Hope to see you back this evening

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  22. What a great way to save this beautiful wallpaper. Instead of a memory stuffed in a drawer, you can view it every time you look at the wall.

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  23. Stopped by from Perfectly Imperfect. They look great! I love thrift store frames and the wallpaper is gorgeous!

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  24. What a great way to use some special papers.

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  25. Brilliant! applause and standing o right here! :)

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  26. Perfection! You know I love everything sentimental and that you found such an awesome way to use your treasured fancy wallpaper just makes me smile. Thanks for linking up.

    Cha Cha

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