Elegant Wooden Frame Art

January 16, 2014


Easy Wooden Frame Art


I am a very simple girl in most respects. I like jeans, Jeeps and simple home décor. I don't think that this post will leave any doubt in your mind about that fact.

I used to have three of the sweetest mirrors on the wall in my bathroom.  I purchased them on one of my virtual thrifting jaunts several years ago.  Unfortunately, someone knocked into one of them at a party and it broke. I looked for replacements, but that set was one of a kind and I couldn't find anything in the same vein.

Then one day at the craft store, I came across these unpainted, wooden picture frames on sale for .79 each.  I loved the pretty scroll work and the price, so I grabbed them and figured I would make my own mirror set.

Laser cut wooden frames

Once I took them home and painted them, however, I realized that I liked their shape and the contrast of the red against the pure white paint so much, that I left them alone. They add an elegant architectural feature to the wall. I love their simplicity and the way they look in the reflection of the large mirror, as well.

Want the same look?

Well, you're in luck. There are no DIY skills required for this one and it cost me less than three bucks. If you don't have paint or a brush, it may cost you five.

If you cannot find the same frames, you can get the look by using any pretty picture frames and you can paint them whatever color compliments your own décor.

Painting wooden frames

I'm a messy painter...very hands on.

White painted frames

I did not prime my pieces, I used plain old acrylic craft paint in white and a foam brush. I applied two coats of white. When they were dry I hung them on the wall. There were already three nails in my wall from the old mirrors, but they are so light, a few finishing nails is all you'll need. I just fed the nail through one of the scrolls.

Bathroom Wall Decor

In the future if I get bored, I could add mirrors, photos, floral prints, fabric or even words. For now though, I adore my simple shapes. 

Empty, they make a very dramatic statement and fit in tight spaces.

They truly are Exquisitely Unremarkable.

What do you think, too plain for your taste or just right?





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45 comments:

  1. Very nice. I love the contrast with the red wall.

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    1. Thanks Lorri. I'm very happy with it, the price was a total bonus!

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  2. Those are wonderful! I love them on the red walls. Speaking of red.... :)

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    1. I was actually thinking of painting that room this spring, but now that red is coming back, I have to leave it! ;)

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  3. Hi Kim, these look so pretty in your bathroom! You did a great job painting them and they make the room look cheery. Have a good weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Julie. They look much better than that blank wall did, that's for sure!

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  4. Lovely! They look as if they were made perfectly for that space.

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  5. Very pretty. I have some frames I picked up. I never thought about hanging them like that. What a great idea. Rhonda

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    1. Thanks Rhonda, I have seen frame galleries before and, originally, that wasn't my plan, but it certainly was easy and effective! Thanks for the comment!

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  6. Kim,

    These are adorable! I love the contrast with the rich red wall and the way the reflect in the mirror, very chic and charming!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks Poppy! I think it was the best three bucks I've spent in a long time...well, that my grocery store tulips! ;)

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  7. I love them! I saw those on sale, but had no idea what to do with them so I passed them up--very sad I did that.

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    1. I am a very frugal shopper, Susan, so unless I have a clear purpose, I pass on items, too. I just got lucky this time! :)

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  8. Simple is always best all around They look perfect there! Great price and great look Love it!
    Blessings, Diane

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    1. Thanks so much, I am really happy with the way it turned out! :)

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  9. Hi Kim-
    I found your blog this afternoon during a visit to Stacey's.

    I agree with Diane- they look perfect!

    Enjoyed visiting, and I am a new follower.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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    1. Laura, thank you so much, I am flattered that you like them and thrilled to have you following along! I just popped by your blog and laughed, I am a straight line knitter, too!

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  10. Gorgeous and simple! Thank you for sharing a great idea. It looks perfect in your bathroom.

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    1. Wow, thanks! It certainly doesn't rank up there with your projects, I am not a power tool girl at all! This is about as handy as I get! ;)

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  11. Sometimes the most simplest things make a world of difference! Love the new look in the bath, very elegant.

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    1. Thanks much Diane! What a nice comment!

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  12. The look you have created is my most favorite....dark walls with white accents! I actually have a dark red bathroom with a white ornate mirror...huge understated statement, as yours is! Love it!

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    1. Thanks AnnMarie! I have to say that I love the contrast, as well. I bet your bathroom is gorgeous! :)

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  13. Kim...I love it!! And no they are not too plain at all. In fact...I think the simplicity against that gorgeous red wall makes them even more dramatic and causes their detailing to really pop! Great find! Great job!

    It's extraordinary!!!

    [hugs] Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane! I agree, sometimes a simple statement is the most dramatic kind! ;)

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  14. Wonderful job. Those frames are just beautiful your wall looks pretty. I totally loved it. Will try to get the same look for my bedroom. Thanks for sharing Kim :)

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    1. I have seen those frames in a lot of places now, I bet they would look great in a bedroom!

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  15. Love the red wall . . . love the red frames . . . love the towel holder that seems to match.

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    1. Thanks! The towel hook has been there a long time, just an old hook I found at a yard sale. I guess it was meant to be! :)

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    1. Thanks Jamie! Easiest project ever...not sure it even qualifies as DIY! ;)

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  17. Kim, they are so pretty and look great on the red wall. Thank you for sharing at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again next Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathryn! I am a red girl! ;)

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  18. I love this look, Kim. I remember back in the 70's seeing empty white picture frames against a dark wall for the first time -- I think it was a Streisand movie (yes, I'm dating myself) -- and I thought it was such a great idea. I've thought about doing it a number of times since then, but for one reason or another I never did. You may have inspired me to do this in our next house. I really do like the white against the red.

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    1. Nancy, I have seen this look so many times over the years and I just never had the right place for it or the frames seemed empty. This time, it was perfect and now I love it! Can't wait to see if you use it n the new house and how you decorate it in general!

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  19. such an easy and simple idea
    for adding some interest to your walls

    and they match
    your header design!

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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    1. Thanks Alison! I just linked up...what a pretty party you throw! :)

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  20. Absolutely gorgeous! I love how they look against the red wall.....adds beautiful architectural detailing! The white against the red makes it stand out beautifully and looks so elegant! I am also loving the last picture with the lovely white tulips in the front...nicely done, Kim! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Poppy

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    1. Poppy, that last picture is my favorite, too! I am starting to love my camera and all of its features! A little blur makes everything look better! ;)

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  21. So pretty. They make a nice statement in your bathroom. Thanks so much for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  22. These wooden frames are so simple and so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them at The Pin Junkie. This fantastic project was one of the most viewed at last week's party and featured at this week's party. I hope you can stop by to grab a featured button and party with The Pin Junkie again at http://www.thepinjunkie.com/2014/01/friday-link-party-52.html

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    1. Thanks so much, I am so super flattered and on my way over to you right now! :) Yay!

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  23. Less than a $1 each! I wish we had a Michael's on island. Love how this adds a classy touch for such a low price. :)

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    1. Thanks Yvonne...the power of paint! ;)

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