This summer has been a whirlwind. I cannot believe that we only have three weeks until school starts back up. My blogging has definitely taken a backseat since we found out in February that we were moving. We didn’t actually move until the end of April, but all those previous months were consumed with getting our house ready to sell and house showings. Then when we finally sold it, there was packing, looking for a rental, commuting to our new church each weekend and saying goodbye to a church family that we were apart of for almost 9 years.
Our new church family has been amazing. We are so glad to be apart of this community and feel so incredibly welcomed by everyone. Before we moved into our new home, people from our new church painted the whole interior of our rental, there was food in the pantry and a crew of people to help us unload. Did I say these people are amazing? Our summer has been full of “getting to know you” dinners, play dates and coffee dates. All of these things have helped us feel so much more “at home.”
But there has been one thing holding us back. For me, decorating a temporary home is a little draining. Normally, I love decorating and designing my home, but the limitations that come with rentals as well as the unknown time frame have deflated my energy when it comes to finishing the homey touches in our place.
After finding this interesting gem at the local Restore I was inspired to warm things up (ie. actually hang something on the wall) with a little upcycling project. This frame with the lovely faux painting was a whopping $5 and it is HUGE.
Now what to do with it….I had been wanting to display some new photos I had taken of the kids and found this to be the perfect way to hang them. I went to Nations Photo Lab, a company that makes exceptionally beautiful prints with very reasonable pricing. It was my first time purchasing from them, and I have to say I was very impressed. Not only did the prints arrive in 3 days, but the way they were packaged ensured that the prints would not be bent or mishandled. I have purchased from other large print companies only to find bent edges and graininess when I received my large prints. I had the photos printed in 11″x14″ on metallic paper. Along with shipping I believe they totaled at just under $13. The color was very true and they came out very crisp. If you have never done this before, make sure you pre-crop your photos. Otherwise, part of your special photo may be cut off.
I began my project by painting the frame with a glossy white paint left over from our last home. After letting it dry for a couple of days I took the actual faux painting out of the frame. My first thought was to paint the faux painting with chalkboard paint, but there were pretend brush strokes on it and I wasn’t confident that would look right. Instead I found some left over fabric and cut it just a little larger than the opening of the frame. Following the directions on the spray glue, I adhered a trellis patterned fabric to the actual painting. Up until this point there were no issues. It was a very simple project.
Although overall this was a pretty easy project, I did discovered that not all spray adhesives are created the same. I purchased foam board from Dollar Tree, cutting it to just under the size of my prints. Using spray adhesive, I glued the prints onto the foam. Now, here is where I would change it up.
In the past I have used 3M’s spray adhesive and it works great. This time I used a different brand and the results were less than perfect. Although I was careful to put an even coat of adhesive onto the foam it did not adhere evenly. It seems like I may have to re-glue the prints in the future. So, just get the good stuff the first time if you end up doing a project like this.
After the glue had dried I hot glued the foam mounted prints onto the fabric. I wasn’t sure how well they would hold, but it worked great! Just be careful not to let the hot glue drip on your beautiful shiny, new prints (like I did), because that would just be sad, right?
Overall, I really loved the way it turned out. To top it off it cost under $20 total! And I will be able to change out the pictures once a year or so to update them. This project really warmed up the entry to our home. It makes such a difference to have family pictures hanging on the walls.