Displaying Precious Art

There’s been a lot of this going on at my house lately:
 And I firmly believe that precious art like this should be proudly displayed.  
{Enter Minor Problem}
I have this weird quirk.  See, when I drive by my house at night, I like to look in the windows and see what it looks like to other people who drive by, is this weird?  I feel like I can’t possibly be the only person who does this.  And yes, I’m looking in your windows when I drive by too.  Not in a creepy, peeping Tom sort of way, but in a how do they decorate? sort of way.  Anyway, this becomes a problem because there is a direct view of my kitchen and fridge when you drive behind my house. And aside from that, I’ve never really been a magnets/papers all over the fridge type of person.  Despite my weirdness, Little Sunshine’s art has been hanging on my fridge anyway because I love it THAT MUCH.  Of course, the “mess” on the fridge was still bugging me a little though.  
{Enter  My Decor-Friendly Solution}

This was SO easy and fast to make.  A while back I had seen just a 2×4 with some clips attached for hanging art, and I filed the idea in the back of my mind for when Little Sunshine entered the “art” stage, which has now happened.

So here’s how the original idea evolved it all came together:

$2.00 thrift (of course) frame with a coat of white spray paint.

Stretched a piece of fabric over the cardboard that came with the frame and just hot glued it to the back side.  This fabric happened to be left over from this project.

Then for painting on the fabric:
I LOVE freezer paper for stenciling on fabric.  I think it’s by far the easiest way to do it, because it sticks to fabric when you iron it, so it’s basically pre-backed with adhesive.  You can get it at the grocery store {can’t remember which aisle, just that it was in a weird place}.
Just cut out your design– I did mine with my Cricut {Summer in Paris cartridge}, but you could draw and cut your own.  Then just iron it on and make sure you get all those little ends ironed down.

Then just paint.  The only pink paint I had on hand was a gallon of $5.00 mis-tint {mis-tints are my FAV}semi-gloss paint and it worked PERFECTLY.

When the paint is dry, you just peel the paper off.

Then I put chicken wire over it to give me something to hold the hooks.  Let me say LOUD & PROUD, this chicken wire was one of my construction site dumpster diving treasures–it’s actually the wire they put on a house before they stucco and, much to my husband’s dismay, I have a GIANT roll!  But let me just give a warning: THIS STUFF IS SHARP SO BE CAREFUL.  I just held it against the board and cut it to size with regular old wire cutters.

Put it all in the frame, add a few clips {I originally used the little hanging scrapbook organizer clips but changed my mind} and you’re ready to go.

And after all of that heartburn over the fridge, I like it so much on the buffet, I think I might actually leave it–we shall see.  If I end up hanging it on the fridge, I’ll just put some magnetic strip on the back and smack it on there.  I do know that regardless of where this one goes, a few frames will be going on the fridge to beautify my clutter.

On a TOTALLY unrelated note, I’d like to give a very public YOU SUCK to Utah weather.  Yesterday: 70 degrees, nice zoo day with the fam.  This morning: 65 and a little windy.  As I type this 12 hours later: 2. Freaking. Inches. Of. Snow!! {And still coming down HARD}  NOT. COOL.

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  1. says

    Love the crown you painted on…the chicken wire is so cool…I bought a roll at a hardware store that is going out of business a couple of weeks ago and wanted to make a large memo board(frame) with some of it too…but the painted stencil just ups the cuteness factor!!!



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