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Remember a brace of weeks ago aback I aggregate that Flickr annual with all of those collections of chargeless attributes illustrations? Well, I chose six colorful illustrations from my admired accumulating (these birds, of course!) and created a arcade coffer in my active room. Here’s how it angry out…
I adulation the blush it adds to my active room! In fact, aback I started the project, it was absolutely advised for the hallway. I was aggravating to breach focused and get my alley absolutely done, and this arcade coffer of bright birds was declared to go on the coffer to the larboard of the bath door. But as I got the pictures framed, I couldn’t buck to stick them in the hallway. I capital them in a abundant added arresting place, so now they’re in the active room. I’ll accept to appear up with addition abstraction for the hallway. 😀
I narrowed bottomward the bird illustrations to my six favorites, and afresh I circumscribed and resized them application my photo alteration software. I use Corel PaintShop Pro, which you can acquisition appropriate actuality on Ebay. It’s a abundant affairs for the price, and won’t breach the coffer like Photoshop. I alone edited them for admeasurement so that they’d fit into 8 x 10 frames, but I didn’t adapt the blush at all on these.
Once I had them circumscribed and resized, I uploaded them to the WalMart photo acclimation folio on their website, and had them printed out as photos. I acclimated WalMart because they were the alone 1-hour photo abode in my breadth that uses matte paper. All of the others (CVS, Walgreens, etc.) use bright cardboard for their 1-hour photo printing, but action matte cardboard if you appetite to accept them printed and mailed to you, which can booty up to 7-10 days. I opted for actual delight and went to WalMart.
The frames I acclimated are these simple white frames with blubbery white mats from Target.
But afterwards seeing the admirable prints in those apparent frames, I absitively that they bare a bit of something. So I headed to Pinterest to acquisition some inspiration, and I begin several examples of white frames with gold corners that I anticipation were so pretty, so that’s the administration I headed with these.
I abstinent and apparent three inches activity anniversary administration on anniversary corner, and afresh taped the corners application painters tape.
And aback I initially acclimated my admired gold aerosol acrylic (Design Master Gold Medal, which you can acquisition at Michael’s), I taped off aggregate except the corners.
But here’s the problem. That aerosol acrylic can be affectionate of choosy anyway, and aback I sprayed it over a bright white finish, it was alike added so than usual. By the time I got my arcade coffer hung, I had scrapes and chips all over the aerosol corrective corners. I absolutely should accept sanded the corners afore spraying them, but for some reason, I didn’t alike anticipate about it.
So they either bare to be aerosol corrective all over again, or I bare to appear up with addition plan. I approved added options I had on hand, starting with gold leaf. You can see the aberration in this picture, with the aerosol acrylic on top, and the gold blade on bottom…
I absolutely adopted the gold leaf. It seems to accept added abyss of blush than the aerosol paint.
I additionally approved aqueous gilding, which was a abhorrent mess. That being dries so fast that it’s adamantine to get a bland finish. The streaky accomplishment aloof didn’t assignment for me.
And you can see the tube of Rub ‘N Buff in the photo above, which I additionally tried. I didn’t booty a account of that one because it didn’t awning at all.
So the champ for me was the gold leaf. But I absitively to go advanced and get the arcade coffer installed afore redoing all of the anatomy corners. That way I ran way beneath of a accident of abrading the gold blade corners again.
To adhere the arcade wall, I abstinent to acquisition the vertical centermost of the wall, and placed a allotment of painters band on either ancillary of center. I like about two inches of amplitude amid the frames of a arcade wall, so this was close, although painters band is aloof shy of one inch wide.
And afresh I abstinent the all-embracing admeasurement of the frame, absitively area I capital the average row of frames, and abstinent and taped off that row.
Since my arcade coffer alone consists of six frames, that’s all I needed. If I were authoritative a beyond arcade coffer with added frames, I would accept connected until I had taped a filigree for as abounding frames as I capital to use.
In my apprehensive opinion, the key to blind a altogether straight, akin arcade coffer is to put abroad the nails, and use article that allows you to artlessly columnist the anatomy to the coffer in the exact atom you appetite it. My artefact of best is Command Account Blind Strips, which you can acquisition at Home Depot, Lowe’s, or appropriate actuality on Amazon.
Since my frames are so narrow, I absolutely cut the strips in bisected lengthwise, and acclimated a complete of bristles behindhand (two-and-a-half abounding strips) on anniversary frame. I put two strips on the top, two strips on the abandon abreast the top of the frame, and one centered on the basal of the frame. (The anatomy is acutely upside bottomward in this picture.)
And afresh application the taped filigree additional a level, I aloof apprenticed the anatomy into abode on the coffer appropriate area I capital it. (If you use this method, be abiding to apprehend the abounding instructions on the Command strips.)
And afresh I again that action on the abutting frame…
And connected until I had all six frames in place.
Once all the frames were in abode (and afterwards I had gone aback and gold abounding all of the corners), I removed the painters band from the wall.
I would use this exact action no amount how ample of a arcade coffer I was hanging. If I had to band off a filigree for 20 frames, I would do it. It’s the amount I accept to pay as a perfectionist. 😀 But already those frames are up, they’re not moving. I could bang my advanced aperture as adamantine as possible, and while my chandelier ability complete like a wind bell from the vibration, those frames won’t budge. I could alike besom up adjoin them with my accept as I airing by, and they won’t budge.
They can be removed from the wall, though. So swapping out pictures is easy. The account blind strips assignment affectionate of like angle and bend band (ie., Velcro), but not quite. You’d accept to see them up abutting to get how they work. But I’ve acclimated them abounding times, and I’ve never already had them abort on me. And if I adjudge that I appetite to abolish them completely, they appear off abundantly from the coffer after messing up the paint. (Just be abiding you’re not application them on afresh corrective walls.)
So actuality are a few closeups of the bird prints I chose for my wall…
This pinkish red bird on the larboard beneath is my complete favorite…
And here’s one added attending at the accomplished wall, with a glimpse into the kitchen and breakfast room…
It’s advancing together! Of course, now I’m aback to the cartoon lath for my hallway, but I anticipate I accept an idea. Breach acquainted for that.
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