An Overdue Art Update (In Song)

Please sing this to the tune of The Brady Bunch Theme Song.

Here’s the story… of two cheap black framies…

… found at Target and then spray painted bright white…

… then they both looked pretty sleek… like twin brothers…

… they make me want to twirl.

Ok, that didn’t quite work out like I hoped. But I’m sure you got the crux of the story. I grabbed two inexpensive black frames at Target (they didn’t come in white and I think they were $21), sprayed them with the same built-in-primer-plus-spray-paint that I always use (Rustoleum Universal in Satin White), let them dry, and then framed some prints (like the one I mentioned here) which had been sitting around giving me the stink eye for a while.

For those looking for framing specifics, I just flipped the paper that came in the frame over (so it was white) and centered the print on that, taped it down gently with loops of tape in each corner, and popped that behind glass. We’ve heard from framing experts that it’s best to use mats so your print doesn’t touch the glass (which I guess over time can cause issues) but we’ve used this method with inexpensive prints for the last 7 years or so and they’re still going strong. But maybe if you have a super spendy item that you love (or you’re framing something in an especially humid/moist room) it’s probably better to do the traditional cut-mat thing instead of just the quick-fix of using white paper behind it to create a faux mat like ours.

This is the other print. Forgive me for trying hard but apparently not hard enough to get a few close ups of this one (they all had crazy-weird reflections in the glass). But if you click over here, you can see it perfectly since they’re pros so their shots are nicer. Haha. We got the 17 x 23″ print for $26 and the frame that we used had a 22 x 28″ opening – so it just floats in the middle.

I love how both prints are animal related. Are we sensing a theme? I’m that crazy cat lady. But instead of just keeping the focus on felines I’ve somehow managed to work narwhals and eagles and bears and manatees into the mix. Oh yes, it’s a diverse cast of animals around these parts.

I love how it goes with my crazy HomeGoods pillow and the seven on the wall (which is actually the letter L from a Dollar Tree sign that we got secondhand).

And for those asking where I hung the bee painting that I got for John… oh… a few years ago (!!!)… it finally found a home. Strike up the band. Seriously. Someone. Anyone? Can I get a little cowbell?

The bee painting actually now resides with the awesome Burger portrait that I got from my friend Lesli for my birthday (mentioned here). I loved it leaning casually on the mantel, but giving it a true spot on the wall with the bees was sweet. Two birthday paintings sitting together like old pals. Ohemgee and I just realized these are two more animal-related things. I officially need some sort of professional help. Am I an animal portrait hoarder? Is there some sort of county quota for how many animals I’m allowed to have in the house if they’re of the painted and ceramic variety? I hope not. You guys will pay my bail if there is, right? Or are you going to give me tough love and make me sell them on craigslist to make bail?

Wait, I just realized that this should be categorized as a “Dude, Get On That Already” challenge! It’s definitely something that I’ve been meaning to get on for a few months (well, in the case of the bees, a few years). Yesssss. I did it. I actually got on that, yo. Now I only have 100 other things to paint/hang/figure out. Just sitting in the playroom. Mocking me. You know I’ll keep you posted!

What have you guys been tackling that’s way overdue? Any frame-spraying or art-hanging going on in your neck of the woods? Have you ever noticed some crazy theme when it comes to the subject of the art you’re most drawn to? Tell us we’re not alone in our Noah’s-Arc-ish love of mass quantities of animals.

Psst- Speaking of updates in song, check out Clara dancing (raving?) her heart out over on Young House Life. It’s official, I’ve been dethroned as the best dancer in our house.


  1. says

    Wait, I must have missed something major. What’s going on with your wall there? Is that stencil? In your office? Now I need to go look back. I love it.

    But more on point, I love that print next to the 7/L. The colors are awesome.

  2. says

    I also love how in that last shot, you get a glimpse of the duck/goose “sculpture” on the wall at the end of the hallway.


  3. says

    I love the Brady Bunch touch! I’m going to be hemming some overdue/long curtains. Too bad for me that I threw something else in the wash last night with four of the panels and dyed the white parts of the curtain green. :( The bright side is that we have two panels too many and so I just need to replace two of the four panels dyed.

    What are your thoughts on the tape v. actual sewing of the curtains?

  4. KLL says

    And the frame wall gallery jumps a doorway and continues! It looks awesome from the angle of the last photo in the post!

  5. says

    I feel kind of dumb about the whole flipping over the mat thing. I got this awesome print (How I Met Your Mother quote) but it doesn’t fit nicely in our mat at all. So I left it on the guest bed. Since May. I didn’t even think of flipping the mat and just arranging with tape even though I’ve done it with other frames before… Genius!!

  6. says

    Those prints are adorable and they hold meaning in your hearts! Looking good! That Burger picture always makes me happy, he looks so sweet and innocent. Actually I do have an overdue art related comment!

    Me and my boyfriend kind of have a thing for art by Gustav Klimt. We have a canvas print of Serpents II hanging about our bed, from Ikea for $50, and just recently we found another at GOODWILL! Yes, Goodwill. We literally stumbled across a huge print of Jungfrau (The Virgin) already framed for only $25. The only down side was that the frame was this awful pink stain. It was just gross. We snagged it and then painted the frame a flat black. It looks so much better now and it puts out $50 Ikea canvas to shame. The funny thing is that we found it on what would have been his 150th birthday.

  7. Amy in PA says

    Maybe this is what you already do, but I’ve found that painter’s tape works like a breeze for taping art & photos to mats or other background paper (like you mentioned) in frames. Over time, I’ve found that scotch or masking tape can discolor or stick too much to the artwork & damage it when I wanted to change things up. Painters tape always seems to remove easily. Love all your new looks!

  8. says

    I’m starting to work on my Halloween decorations, which you may say is early… but, alas, I’m finally just finishing some stuff up that I procrastinated on last year. Maybe not a few years in the making (poor bees! :-p), but definitely a long time coming! I love all the animals you have around the house! Gotta do what makes you smile, right?!

  9. Justin S says

    Love the bee painting by Roz. I actually had her do a big 3’x4′ painting of my boston terrier a few years back for my wife’s birthday. I also live in Richmond so I love the local aspect of the blog, gives me something to do at work besides actually working.

  10. says

    Those target frames look great! I’m in the process of re-purposing a whole lot of old frames my grandpop made 50+ years ago for a wall of framed photos/art. I hadn’t thought to DIY mats for his frames, but maybe I could just do that, and save some money!

  11. Ash says

    I’m a complete anglophile (read: I <3 British people/things/culture) and I did a study abroad in London in 2004, and am currently dating a British fellow. So a lot (although not all) of my art is British/London themed. Some are framed calender prints (cheap!), some are actually professionally photographed and framed (gifted!), and a few other things are European images (Paris, Italy… just to be more inclusive), or just originated from around the world (painted ivory from Kashmir, Pakistan). I love maps and globes and things too, so it's a very "well-travelled" decor style, heh.

    And all the British stuff only freaks out The British Boyfriend a LITTLE bit.)

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