I like change, to mix things up, to rearrange rooms. So a few weeks ago, I decided that it was time to change my wall in my living room. I felt it was a little blah and wanted something more eclectic in my living room.
I didn’t want to get rid of my pictures, but I wanted to mix my pictures, with prints and art that I made. So I searched for some free prints and some different types of art I could do. I found a really cute Holly Golightly cross-stitch pattern. You can find the pattern here. I got my needle and thread and worked on the pattern. I hadn’t cross stitched in a long time, probably since I was in middle school. I can’t recall ever finishing one either. I picked up this frame from TJMaxx this past week for $14.99. I wanted this to be a statement piece so I picked a large frame that was matted to 8X10. The frame, was simple and it seemed to fit the mid century, clean lines aesthetic. It wasn’t quite gold or silver/zinc but it mix of the two colors.
I had reused my black frames and my favorite pictures in them, and picked up one new black frame and the canvas from Michael’s Thanksgiving night. I normally don’t go shopping for Black Friday, but this year Kira’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving and I had met her out for some celebratory birthday drinks and stopped on my way home.
A few months ago I had picked up two Reese Horizontal frames from World Market. I had intended them to go the wall with my pictures heading upstairs but no place seemed to fit. I also picked up two frames from the De Pere Thrift store and spray painted them gold. I found a wooden letter L and two knobs to use to hang the Reese frames in my searches.
There are so many cool resources for free printables. I found Free Vintage Posters, which is a cool site that has vintage images that you can print for free.
Also in my searches I found two prints I liked online that were available for free to print. The first one was a quote that I liked. I found it here. The frame I had chosen for this picture had a blue-gray mat and I reused it. I liked the contrast in color between the gold frame, gold wording and the blue-gray background
The second picture I picked was taken on one of my cemetery walks. With this picture, I messed around with some color, exposure options. I love how weathered these headstones are
Instead of printing the prints myself, I ordered the images above and two pictures I had taken myself from Walgreens for less than $8. After I found the frames/prints I liked, picked my favorite pictures I wanted to keep and painted my blank canvas (this was my inspiration). I laid out my pictures in a few different layouts. This was the layout I decide on
Finally, I hung up the frames. I only used one nail for the large frame and for the knobs. The rest, I used Command Hanging strips. I like the way it’s centered on my console table and my hurricanes almost bookend the pictures. It also gives me the flexibility to add more pictures as I get them, or easily swap them out