26 Sep 2012

Roadside Attraction

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.


Then the challenge was to make them look beefier than they were.

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.


Plan B.....

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.

5 comments:

  1. Great job - both the big frame and the painting look waaaaayyyy better than they did the last time I saw them!

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    1. Thanks! I still feel bad for that poor lady though who really loved the painting. I wonder what she would have thought when she saw me out there with the sander going over her painting?

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  2. Love your wall frame, yeah I agree with you it is too airy...but still attractive even though there are spaces.

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  3. Hi Kelly, thanks for stopping in at Quirky Vistas and leaving me a comment. That's how I found you. I've been looking around; you have a lot of cute ideas! Your midcentury redo is great. I love midcentury and am always on the lookout for something out of the ordinary like that. Glad you were able to find it and make it over to suit you!
    Liz

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