This is my fovorite time of year, but with that comes
so many more things to add to your calander.
It's a great time to remember to just take a minute
to enjoy the season. If only I could remember that!
In my previous post, I said I would share with you how to take an ordinary piture and make it look like it was custom framed.
That's exactly what I did in my Powder room makeover.
I found this picture at Marshalls Home Goods. It was on the clearance rack. Yhippiee! The frame was broke, but I didn't need it.
It was the print behind the glass that caught my eye.
Don't you just love a good bargin?
Next stop Kinko's.
I removed the print from the frame.
I'm sure the old frame will come in handy for another project.
At Kinko's I enlarged the print on the color copier.
It took a few tries, but I was able to size it for the new matting.
The botanical prints shown below hung in my foyer, until recently when they were replaced by some photos we had taken of my sons.
I had recently sold these prints in a garage sale.
What was I thinking?
I should know by now
that eventually I would have a need for them.
Well, fortunately for me I knew who the new owner was. It was a friend who is a decorator, and she had bought the prints only for the frame. I quickly gave her a call, and askedbegged
if I could have the mats from the photos.
With a little bit of bargaining they were back in my hands.
The matting was the PERFECT color for my new bathroom. If I had to purchase a custom mat with a fillet,
it would have cost a small fortune.
I embellished the print with some amber colored swarovski crystals. I purchased them at Michaels. HERE'S what they look like. With my coupon they were less than $4.00. I had seen this idea at an up scale home decor shop. The 14"x14" framed picture was $180.00 and WAY out of my budget!
In this photo it's had to see how much the crystals SPARKLE!When I purchased the crystals, I also got a plain black mat that was smaller than the green mat. I wanted to give the print a custom look so I double matted the print. Lucky me, Micheals was having 50% off all open back frames. In addition there was a coupon in their flyer for an extra 20% off all framing.
That made my day!
I added the fillet between the two mats.
The matting matched the wallpaper perfectly.
Final Cost: $45.90
Black Mat $2.50
Kinko's 40 cents
Marshalls Print in Frame $11.00
Bargining with my friend to buy the mat back $8.00
*I could have saved $20.00 by using the old frame,
but the new one looks so much better!
I'll be linking this custom framing tip to the following sites:
We recently had to have the wood floors refinished. When we returned from a family vacation, we were greeted by water on the wood floor. The refrigerator had stopped working and everything had defrosted inside the fridge, including all the ice inside the freezer. Never, did I think this would cause a bathroom re-do.
Well... the toilet and pedestal sink in the bathroom sat on part of the wood floor, so they both had to be removed
before the floors could be sanded.
When the contractor removed the pedestal sink it tore the wallpaper, so the makeover began....
Come on in and see the finished room...
My sweet friend Shelly made me this beautiful frame.
I loved it, but didn't have a spot on the wall to hang it.
I decided to hang the frame on the bathroom door.
I attached a decorative ribbon to the back of the frame.
I then stapled the ribbon to the top edge of the door .
It's the perfect spot!
Love the bible verse....
Here's the new wallpaper.
I wish I had a photo of what this cabinet looked like in
it's "Previous Life".
It was a bargain in the clearance section at TJ Max. It had a monkey with a palm tree painted on it. When I brought it home my family thought I had lost my mind, but I had a plan!
I left the top alone.
As for everything else, it got a coat of green paint,
some glaze and then a coat of sheer metallic paint.
I love adding tassels to drawer pulls!
I added some wood decals
that I picked up at the local hardware store.
I just used some wood glue to attach them
and then painted over the entire cabinet.
Why not think about adding a tassel, decorative trim
and some beaded trim to embellish a lamp?
A few photos of my boys sit on top of the cabinet.
An old book that I just wrapped in some black paper and then added a strip of printed scrapbooking paper. I just embellished the book by brushing it with some gold paint.
Two little bunnies sit on top of the book.
We decided to replace the pedestal sink. There was no storage in the bathroom and I found this cabinet that remined me of a piece of furniture. When I spotted it I knew it would be perfect!
I love adding candles in the bathroom. I'm not a fan of seeing the label on the candle. Check out my post HERE about giving candles a quick "one of a kind" look.
The hardware, lighting and mirror
were all part of the previous bathroom.
Can you see the hooks on the back of the door?
I really did not want to put up a towel bar
in the small powder room.
I decided to hang the hook for the hand towel.
I found it at Marshals Home Goods.
One of my favorite stores for home accessories.
I didn't want a blind in the bathroom, but need privacy.
Whoever designed the house, was definitely not thinking. They place the toilet right in front of the window. I decided to use two tension rods and gather on sheer fabric for privacy.
I made a soft shade for the valance.
Some beaded trim was added to the edge of the valance.
This framed picture worked out perfect for this room.
It did not start out looking like this. Stop back later this week and I'll show you how I transformed a clearance item
LIFE IS A BLESSING...
I am a married to a wonderful husband and a mother of two active teenage boys who keep me busy. God has blessed me with a wonderful family and I praise him for that. I am a girly girl and am out numbered by the males in my house. I have a home based custom drapery and design business. I started sewing when I was 10. Now I enjoy sewing for my home and sewing aprons,purses and other craft projects. I always have a craft project or house project in the works at all times.I also enjoy scrapbooking,making
handmade cards and journals.I never feel as if there is enough time in everyday to do everything that I enjoy!