Good morning everybody! Did you have a good weekend? We spent our days off floating down the Buffalo River with my husband’s side of the family and had a blast. We’re also both sporting some crazy sunburns today (even though we wore lots of sunscreen) – oops!
I’ve been trying to decide what to hang on the empty wall at the end of our hallway for awhile now, and when we got home yesterday I decided it was time to figure it out. For the longest time, I’ve been inspired by this image.
(I believe it’s from an Apartment Therapy or Design*Sponge house tour, but I’ve been unable to track down the original source. UPDATE: It’s from Our Little Beehive! Thanks for the source, Morgan!)
The repetition and scale of those large square prints really grabbed my attention. Then, after posting this photo on Friday, I thought maybe I could DIY a combination of the two. My thought was to create several large square canvases with photos from the same color family to hang in a column at the end of hall.
That was the grand plan, but you’ll see I strayed a bit from the original vision. I started by brainstorming ways to keep the costs down and decided I could substitute pieces of leftover MDF from the garage for the square canvases. With that in mind, I needed to decide how big those squares would have to be to fill up the wall.
I knew it could get very expensive to print photos larger than about 12″ wide, so I determined we’d need at least 2 columns of prints. The paper templates you see in this photo are 8×8, 10×10 and 12×12 inches, respectively.
Hmmm, not as dramatic as I’d hoped they’d be. The 12″x12″ template had the best scale and presence by far, but I would still need at least 8 prints to fill up the wall. I did a little research and determined that 12×12 prints typically cost at least $5 each. In the spirit of saving money, I decided to look for another option.
Enter Plan B. I have had 4 of these 12×12 square black frames squirreled away for a few months now, and decided to try one out and see if it would feel big enough in the space. I hung it up, and Stephen and I decided if we did a long column of square frames, and made sure our spacing was just perfect – it could work! Another upside to the frame option is that I could print 8″x8″ photos, mat them, and save significantly on photo printing costs.
I measured and marked the center of the frame on the top back edge.
I stepped back and admired the frames and started sorting through photos to pick my favorite four to print and frame. I think Stephen and I settled on some great ones and I can’t wait to see how they turn out!
It wasn’t until walking by the frames later on that I realized something was off. I stepped in closer to Frame #3 and saw this huge crack all the way through the glass!
FAIL! I don’t know if the glass was like that when I bought the frame or if I cracked the glass when I was hammering in the picture hanger, but all of the sudden my inexpensive project went from low cost to low cost + new glass! Boy did I feel like a dummy!
Looks like I’ll be comparing the cost to replace the glass versus just buying a new frame sometime soon. Whichever way we go, I hope it can get done quickly because I’m ready to see this wall finally finished!
P.S. I ended up ordering 8×10 prints (which I will crop to 8×8 myself) from Walgreens instead of printing my photos at home. Why? Because they are having a Father’s Day Sale on prints through June 8. 40% off means my photos were less than $2 each!
So tell me – what were you up to this weekend? Any framing project successes? Anybody make a dummy move like I did yesterday? 🙂