Our (almost revamped) kitchen was pleading with me for some new art. We had a couple of old windows up on the wall, but once I hung the vintage car curtains, I was no longer loving the windows - they just made everything look too old fashioned. I scoured Etsy for ideas, but was coming up empty. There is tons of vintage car art out there, but I just didn't want our kitchen to become too kitschy (kitschy kitchens are bad). I wanted something a bit quirky - a bit unexpected for a kitchen. Then it hit me. Vintage road signs! That would be perfect. That was until I couldn't find anything that I liked that was in our price range. So, I adjusted the plan and went smaller. I found a shop on Etsy that was selling postcards of road signs - 9 of them for $8. Sold. About 3 weeks later (customs delay...) they arrived.
Enter the giant frame that I bought at a garage sale earlier this year (the painting was already out of it and up in our basement....redone of course).
As you can see, the frame was sort of a cream colour with gold speckles - wasn't going to work in our kitchen. The solution? Spray paint of course. A whole can of white gloss spray paint later and I had a brand new looking frame.
My original plan was to hang the postcards on invisible thread that was strung across the frame - sort of like they were floating in the frame. I did that, and hung it on the wall for a while...and I hated it....and Fin loved it. She wouldn't leave it alone. Her spaghetti covered hands and the white postcards were not a match made in heaven.
I went to the Dollarama and picked up five $1 frames. They were plastic fake silver but had nice detail.
Solution? More spray paint.
I popped 5 of the postcards and the frames. Everything instantly looked better.
Then began the very frustrating task of measuring and trying to centre these suckers within the big frame. A lot of swearing and pencil marks on the wall ensued, but I eventually won. Instead of putting 5 more holes in the wall (and because the frames were only meant to stand), I used Command picture hanging strips. Thankfully the velcro on the strips also allowed me to play around with each frame until they were all lined up straight.
You want a close up? Ok.
And from a little further away? Happy to oblige.
See how Diefenbaker can't contain his excitement? Ignore the toy explosion please.
I love how it fills pretty much the entire wall, but it still feels airy. I also love how the roadsigns add a bit of quirk. Oh...and how now Fin can't touch the pictures anymore...that's just a bonus.
Total cost: $10 (garage sale frame) + $5 (dollar store frames) + $8 (postcards) + $10 (2 cans of spray paint) = $33 Not the cheapest art around, but not bad considering that I'll always be able to use the frames again with some different art.