CATCH UP ON RECENT POSTS HERE

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

How To Make A Small Painting Larger Without A Frame

Ok, that was a mouth full.  I love oil paintings on canvas and not all of them are framed.  Sometimes a canvas left by itself is the best.  I found this fabulous zebra painting at goodwill for $5.99 on 1/2 off day.  Love it for the master bathroom since I want to tie the same black and white in here that I have in the master bedroom.  Only one problem, the painting is too small.  Now I did have a frame that would fit it, but I didn't like how it looked.  It just seemed to make the painting look cheap, so I needed to figure out something different.





I thought maybe a black background of some kind, but what.  I found a two pack of artist canvases that were 18 x 24 at Michael's on sale for $8.  Since my painting was 16 x 20 this would give it a little bit of a background and make it the right size for my space.



I had some black paint left over so I took a brush and got to work painting around the outside of the canvas.  Now this didn't cover very good and left streaks, plus I had no idea that the paint would stick so much to the paper, so I had a huge mess peeling the paper off the back of the canvas.



I decided to take it outside and use spray paint.  This worked like a charm.




Now how to attach the two.  See that middle wood strip, I put a small nail in the middle of that strip at the top and bottom and nailed it into the wood frame of the painting.  Now these two were on piece.  I added a picture hanger to the top and done.




How great does this look!!!  I love it.  It gives the painting the oomph that it needed and makes it the right size.


See how much better it fits the space.


Love this.


Ok, I am thrilled with my little makeover and it was so easy.  I have a great art piece for a total of $4 for one canvas and $5.99 for the painting, plus the black paint was free since I already had it.





Ok, now on with the rest of the makeover.    Do you have any tips or ideas for making a painting larger without a frame?



You can still link up to Inspire Me Tuesday.  We love seeing all of your projects.



If you like Thrifty & Chic on a Budget, I would love to have you follow me.

Have every post delivered to your inbox with Bloglovin
Check out Pinterest & See behind the scenes on Instagram 

 photo facebook_zpsjidlprdx.png  photo twitter_zps2tkztdwt.png  photo pinterest_zpsrqc2e9tb.png  photo instagram_zpshgvokoye.png  photo rss_zpskxkhosrf.png  photo google_zpsq4r5lcgg.png  photo bloglovin_zpszdewbww1.png  photo email_zpsecoee34x.png

Enter your email address:


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

326th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welccome to the 326th Inspire Me Tuesday.  I can't wait to see what you guys have been up to.  Here are a few things from last week.

A water feature of any kind is such a treat.  This fabulous one created by Housepitality Design out of a garden vase is stunning.  What a great addition to her porch.

Isn't this DIY Fire Bowl the perfect compliment to her deck and andirondack chairs.  See the full tutorial on how to create one at The Interiorfrugalista.  I love this one, so pefect for those chilly nights.

Mason Jar Lights are such a great farmhouse look and can be really spendy.  Now you can make your own with this step by step tutorial from Have A Little Faith.  I love that she used some beautiful antique blue jars.


From builder basic and drywall to AMAZING.  You have to check out Southern Seazons to see how she created this masterpiece with such wonderful architectural detail on her island.


I  think we all want a fabulous space to entertain outside and I absolutely love this.  Since they had to replace their deck last fall, they decided to add a wonderful patio to the yard this summer.  Check out Imparting Grace  for all the pics and details.

Now let's see what you've been up to.

Party Guidelines
Follow (GFC) and/or subscribe to A Stroll Thru Life
Please include a link or my button in your post
By linking up,you are giving A Stroll Thru Life permission to use any picture or content to share as a feature or on social media outlets.
If you like Thrifty & Chic on a Budget, I would love to have you follow me.
Have every post delivered to your inbox with Bloglovin
Check out Pinterest & See behind the scenes on Instagram 

 photo facebook_zpsjidlprdx.png  photo twitter_zps2tkztdwt.png  photo pinterest_zpsrqc2e9tb.png  photo instagram_zpshgvokoye.png  photo rss_zpskxkhosrf.png  photo google_zpsq4r5lcgg.png  photo bloglovin_zpszdewbww1.png  photo email_zpsecoee34x.png

Enter your email address:



Monday, July 25, 2016

Same Room - 2009 to Now

I was going through a ton of old pictures the other day and found it really interesting to see what this room looked like in the beginning and how it looks now.  My living room has had several changes with paint, drapes and accessories, but for the most part the furniture has stayed the same.  I have a different couch but that is all.  Interesting to see how the same room can have so many different looks.

Here's a stroll down memory lane.

April 2009 - I had just started blogging and this is a picture of how my living room looked when we first moved in.  A bad night shot with the new drapes and pillows I had just made.


Sept. 2009 - My photography skills were a little better by now.  I was trying my hand at layering a rug I had from my previous home.  It didn't work too well.

Aug. 2011 - A new sofa in white started to help the room look a little brighter.

Nov. 2013 - Country checks were all the rage.

July 2014 - My style started to become a little more transitional with a few modern touches.  This room also got some new drapes to help lighten things up.


March 2015 - New drapes again and white walls.

July 2016 - My favorite look of all with the new hardwood floors.

I am definitely loving the look now the best.  Which is your favorite?

Be sure to get all your projects lined up for Inspire Me Tuesday.  Party goes live Monday afternoon at 3 PM CMT.  Can't wait to see you there.

If you like Thrifty & Chic on a Budget, I would love to have you follow me.

Have every post delivered to your inbox with Bloglovin
Check out Pinterest & See behind the scenes on Instagram 

 photo sifacebook_zps9188a996.png  photo sipinterest_zps53a851b1.png  photo sirss_zps79e55dc3.png  photo sitwitter_zps5864462c.png  photo siemail_zps175f6211.png  photo sigoogleplus_zpsbdd63d97.png  photo sihometalk_zps09463e1f.png  photo instagram_zps7c16311a.png photo sibloglovin_zpsee519747.png

Enter your email address: