Since I finished the kitchen last fall, there has been something bugging me. It was this:
Don't get me wrong, I liked it, but I just never really loved it in that particular space. The more we lived with it the more we bumped it. Almost every time we pulled Fin's chair out from the table we'd bump the big frame and it would move. Crooked. All. The. Time. You want to know how to drive me nuts? Just put a crooked frame in a place that I spend hours a day in. It probably wouldn't have been so obvious except that it was frames within frames, so if one was off then everything looked wonky.
So, I took all of the frames off of the wall (hurray for Command Strips that don't leave marks) and hung up 2 brand spankin' new pictures.
The actual photos are ones that I took when we were in Greece a couple of years ago. They had been sitting on the computer untouched, and I finally decided that instead of hiding them, we should enjoy the images of the place we loved so much.
I converted the pictures to black and white (in Lightroom) and then I used Pixlr to make the circle crop. Pixlr is free and is a great alternative to Photoshop.
I had two 16" x 20" frames that weren't being used, so I figured I'd work with what I had to save some pennies. I sized the images so that the circle part would be centred in a 16" x 20" print with white space around it. I ordered the prints from PosterJack.ca, which is an online photo printing company. I waited a few weeks for a sale (20% off), so each print ended up being right around $10. With the shipping (via FedEx, which was CRAZY fast) my total for both prints came just over $30. I am totally happy with the quality, and they came packaged in a shipping tube so there was no chance of the prints bending. (PosterJack.ca also prints on Acrylic which I would love to try one day....looks pretty cool!).
Once the prints arrived all I had to was pop them in the frames. And try and keep a million dog hairs, dust particles, and my finger prints from showing on the white paper! I sort of wished that I had some of those dorky white gloves like they use in galleries.)
It's taking me a while to get used to not having so much on that wall, but I am happy to have that big frame out of the way. So far we haven't bumped into these new frames at all. (Except for when I bumped it right after hanging it and one frame fell and busted the corner. Just ignore that, ok? I have to figure out a farmer's fix for it still.)
But I do really like how the white and silver matches the cream can on the other side of the dining nook.
My plan down the road is to paint the frames. I think that a bright coloured frame will look great with the black and white. Or maybe I will splurge and buy new frames since these cheapy ones are starting to show their age. Either way, I don't think I will make any decisions until we move into a new house (which we are still hoping will be in the fall). I also still really like the big frame that was up there before, so I need to find a new home for it (still within our home...).
I'll work on a tutorial on how to use Pixlr to make the circle crop and centre it, etc in case any of you are interested in doing the same sort of print for your wall(s).
So tell me, do you also hide pictures of your vacations on your computer and hardly ever print them? Has anyone else been to those windmills in Mykonos? I LOVED them...could have stared at them for hours....