Sunday, June 3, 2012

Foyer Completed - Open/Layered Frames

My big move this weekend was finishing my foyer.  This is what my foyer looked like initially

I know awful!  I did this when I first got into painting, during that time I so proud of it.  Then one day a freakin frog got into my house, I was pissed because it was difficult to detect whether or not the frog was on the wall with all those silly designs!  After that I decided I would never put all of those colors on my wall again.  Oh, the frog was on the floor leaping towards the bedroom... my friend got rid of it.  Sorry frog lovers... but it was either me or the frog.

If you read my earlier blog I showed where my son was home over the Christmas holidays he primed the walls, door frames, trim and bookcase.

For the bookcase and walls I went with a soft blue (can't remember the name),  with white trim.  I had lots of books from my college days stored in my closet, I decided this was a good time to clear out my closet.


Years ago I had purchased these cute little gold & sliver picture frames that were 2-1/2" x 2".

It wasn't until after I purchased them I realized the problem with tiny frames is, unless you have them in a particular spot, nobody every bothers to look at them.  I kept them on the bookcase, but because they're so tiny they were just lost.  What's the point of having pictures out and nobody notices them?  So, after visiting a few blogs I came across Lindsey's blog on her  Layered Frame Gallery Wall.   Her master bedroom is amazing, but I was in awe by her gallery wall.  So, I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

I painted the frames with white homemade chalk paint, and then sanded them lightly allowing the gold and silver to peek through.

I then glued them on top of a strip of trim I had laying around,  here's what it looked like


Cute, but too small for the wall

Sometime ago, I had some small mirrors on the dresser in my guest room - three of them had broken (no they didn't break at the same time), although I replaced them I always held onto the frames.

I took the frames,  painted them white, glued one on top of the other and hung them on the wall


I had another small picture that I hung on the opposite end of the foyer.

I took the other frame, and hung it over the picture

 There's no way you can walk past these pictures and not stop and look at them!

Who would have thought, something as simple as this could lend presence to my tiny pictures and artfully add life to my boring foyer...LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!


ღ Jans Life According To Milo ღ said...

Great idea, that really does catch the eye. : ).. And I probably would have freaked out about the frog, I used to play with them when I was younger, but my Aunt used to have a fake one in her house that scared us when we ran into it. Lol!

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Love the after pictures and LOVE your frame within the frames. You are brilliant!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Looks great Sherry!

fiona anderson said...

Great makeover on your hall Sherry, and the empty frames look so effective. I've been working on a gallery of empty frames - all inspired by blogland of course !

Anonymous said...

That is SO resourceful! Love it!!!

momto8 said...

the smallness is the draw! looks great!!

Thoroughly Modern Me said...

Great projects as always. I would never have thought of your creative twist with the frames.

Patty said...

You are one inventive lady, Sherry! I like the new wall color. Nice to see what you have been up to. The frames are great and I imagine you are enjoying the space more now.

Patty said...

Oh, we lived in Louisiana for a short time and one evening when I opened the front door a frog jumped in. Being from the Midwest and never experiencing anything like that I was quite astonished at the time!

JoKnows said...

Wonderful makeover. I love all of your projects!

Gypsy Heart said...

Great usual! I just love to have photos scattered about.


Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Sherry, your frame borders really do draw the eye in. You want to know what is so carefully displayed. Graphic design and resourcefully creative. Thanks for coming over to see my living room tables and leaving me such nice thoughts.

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Very pretty! I love how they add some architectural interest without being normal molding.

Artsy Craftery Design Studio said...

Hello Sherry: I ran across you in my search results. I like your creativity around the house. I too have The Versatile Blogger award through Heather Everson (A Mom, A Kid & Art). I look forward to reviewing your posts in my Google Reader. Have a creative day!