Friday, July 1, 2011

A Cheap Trick: DIY Artwork for Under $2

i'm no interior designer by any stretch of the imagination, but i know what i like. unfortunately, what i like is often way out of my price range...which is why i shop at goodwill. (don't judge.)

anyway, my birthday present to myself is a clean house with several projects crossed off my to-do list. after scrubbing toilets and vacuuming floors, i was finally free to craft it up. yay! one of my projects i am particularly proud of, so i thought i'd share it with you, in case you're having a hard time finding a nice, affordable piece of artwork.

here's what i did...one of the frames that i recently bought at goodwill just needed a little sprucing up. it was a drab greyish-wooden finish (sorry, i forgot to take a before picture), but it has some really cute accents in the corners. all it really needed was some color. so, i spray painted it red...really red.

it came with two mats, which were...well, hideous. one was gold and the other was my least favorite color in the world: hunter green. blech! lucky for me, they weren't attached to one another, so i just flipped them around to the white sides.

lastly, i had to come up with something to put in the frame. i couldn't find a photo that i really liked, plus i wanted it to look a little more artistic, since it was now such a fabulous shade of red.  so, what did i put in it, you ask? paper! yup, paper. i dipped into my secret stash of scrapbook paper. well, it's not really a secret that i have it; the secret is that i keep adding to it. shhh, don't tell B! luckily, a few weeks ago i had found the cutest pack of black, white & grey scrapbook paper in all sorts of patterns at walmart and, luckily, i bought it. see, it wasn't a total waste of money! anyway, i sifted through, found a fabulous pattern that would match our color palette of black, white & red in our master bedroom, taped it to the ugly side of the mats and placed it in the frame. and, i must say, i am quite in love with it.

so, the moral of this story is that if you can't find that perfect piece of artwork, or are pinching pennies, a nice sheet of printed paper and a cheap frame can be the perfect solution.

what it cost:
spray paint: $3.50, but since i used so little of it, we'll just say $0.50
picture frame: $0.98
scrapbook paper: $5.00, but since i only used 1 sheet, we'll say $0.05

grand total:$1.53

cycle update: i got the go ahead to start taking my provera, so i should be seeing AF in about 10 days.

8 comments:

Bridget said...

This is so awesome!!!

~R said...

Awesome project!! I just moved into a new house and with money being tight I think I need to check out my local Goodwill and see what they have! Thanks for sharing!!

Jen said...

I AM an interior designer, and I think your house is more designed than mine! (It's that cobbler's kids have no shoes problem...)

Miss Mac said...

That is a fabulous idea... now I know what to do with my endless supply of scrapbook paper that stays in a drawer since I never scrapbook!!! Please share ideas anytime:]

Maria said...

you are my hero! i LOVE a great bargain...and the fact that you make things so personalized is awesome! wow...i need to try this one. i'm not the best at being crafty but hopefully i can manage bc i LOVE this frame idea. thanks for sharing!
happy 4th weekend! <3
ps-the kitties in those pics are so cute!

Amanda said...

I love this!!! You're so creative..as soon as I saw the title to this post I clicked over.

Glad things are moving along for you..

Kayla and Josh said...

I LOVE IT!! This is such a good idea!! It turned out fantastic. But what I loved the most...was the pictures of the cats! hahah

Sheryl said...

Brilliant...thanks for sharing!

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