White frames on gray walls….it’s not a competition

So, was enjoying a nice lunch with a golfing friend the other day.  Was telling her about how my blog office renovation was coming along.   Told her about how I was putting some white frames on my newly painted gray walls.  And how they were going to frame different things.   Not pictures with a cutout mat.  But, things.  Our server overheard part of our conversation and she chipped in that she picked up some frames from Goodwill (at $2.00 each), painted them white and then hung them.

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Ummmm, I sure paid more than that online!   My friend was a little amused by this and commented that she was surprised I hadn’t come up with that idea.

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I started obsessing! Yes, I should have come up with that idea. I guess though, it was more of a need based creativity on the part of our server. Hey, I could and I did just order from Amazon.

Soooooo, a few days later I passed a Goodwill store and, of course, had to turn around and see if they had any frames. And they did. But I paid $2.99, not $2.00.

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Hey, they had some cool stuff at the Goodwill store.  There was the nicest china set there.  So sad to see a beautiful 12 setting china collection being sold off at $0.99 per piece.  I guess china isn’t in anymore.  I just packed mine up in a box last week and put it in the basement.  Just don’t use it!

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Back to the frame I bought.   I took off the backing and the glass from the frame . Gave it a quick sand.

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Used the white paint I had from painting the white trim in the room that was going to be my blogging room. It took three coats!

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It was good paint so as it dried, the paint lines disappeared. Honestly, I was really happy with it when I finished.

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Do you see the fleur-de-lis in my frame? I picked them up at a flea market ($1.00 each – ha!). I didn’t know what I was going to do with them at the time but I think I figured it out! They look like they used to be part of a fence.

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And they are so totally rusted. I love that look. Especially against my perfectly freshly painted gray walls and white trim. I put the frame and the fleur-de-lis above the open doorway.

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My desk will face that way. I don’t want to face a wall. I will see that painted white frame often. And, I’ll try to remember that crafting and blogging isn’t a competition. Yes, it bugged me that someone else came up with a simple crafty idea when I just ordered from Amazon. But, the gal was a student and was decorating on a very limited budget. And I could and did just want the (almost) instant gratification of ordering online and having my white frame ready to put up. Now, I have a white frame, that is painted the same color as my trim. And, I love it! And I’m thankful to the young gal that gave me the idea. And, just so you know, I did give her a good tip!

P.S. I also love the white frame from Amason around my green wreath.
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  1. says

    Great idea. Sometimes I find myself going to Amazon for everything. And we have a Goodwill within walking distance. Don’t feel bad. I have many “Duh why didn’t I think of that” moments. I mark it as getting inspiration everywhere.

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