Oh, so many things one can do with a brick wall!! Don't be jealous that I have this fab wall in my home and I didn't have to pay a single penny for it:) Well, sortof, I did buy the house but the beautiful red(orange)-brick was included. It wasn't like this when we bought the house, but I knew it was under the plaster somewhere. Yes, I chipped the old plaster of the wall to uncover this. Did it take very long? About 3 or 4 hours. Was it messy? Extremely!!
Here is what I decided to do...I collected this collage of frames from the
dollar store (the thin frames), the d.i. (thrift store), or old frames my dad had in his office (he retired:). Then, I decided what colors would look best in that room. I left the dark brown frames and the single gold frame "as is" and painted the rest. They were so rich and original I didn't want to change them.
Here is the Before...and After....Awwww!!
Oh, I forgot...once I had the pictures in place,
I thought a couple more spots needed to be filled so I inherited a couple old license plates my dad had hanging around his shed and there ya go!
So I have been terrible at keeping up on my blogs! Perhaps, because I love reading everyone else's. Which also makes me feel guilty because I kinda feel let down if someone hasn't posted to their blog in awhile-hypocrite, I know!! Well I am going to try and post a lot more images of some of the stuff we have been creating for people. Mainly, because I am addicted to Pinterest!! It is so much easier to pin my ideas and images to my pinterest account than it is to go through my picture files on my computer. And, I don't mind sharing my ideas with the world! So if there are some future posts that don't have much to say....that's because I just want the image out there. If you don't know what Pinterest is....(sigh) you should find out:)
I love finding a fun old window, but what can ya do with a million old windows. If they still have the original glass, I leave them alone and wait for the perfect spot or person to come along. But, what about the ones with broken or cracked panes?? Hang picture frames from them!! Most of the time I have had to build custom-sized frames to fit the opening, but I try to make the inside of the frame a standard size (4x6, 5x7, 8x10).
The frames are hanging by a small cup hook and an
eye screw (I can't remember what they are called) or a ribbon.
Some of them have square frames....if the window is square. Isn't it fun?!
I love the RED one!!
The 4-paned window with the wreath still has all the glass so I just added a wreath.
You can put pictures behind the glass as well.
This is the same window as above...I just switched the hooks to hold the frame horizontally. I had the perfect spot on the wall for the window, and the pictures of my kids happen to be horizontal as well:)
I made these frames for my friend, Colten. He still hasn't attached ribbon to the back of the frame so they can hang from the hook haha. But you get the idea:)
Another friend had us make this 8" hand-milled beadboard frame to fit an oil canvas painting of her house. Her neighbor gave her this painting for Christmas. It's a funny story so I need to share. My friend, Jenny, had given all her neighbors a "bunch" of bananas with a cute saying for Christmas. Well, one neighbor brought this oil painting to her family in return. Jenny was mortified! She was so embarassed that she had given them a "bunch" of bananas and they had brought her this oil painting of her house! I think we have all been in a similar situation:) As she expressed her gratitude, this neighbor began to explain this painting had been done by a family friend. I think, if I remember the story right, the family friend had lived in Beaver as a child. So, while visiting Beaver, the family friend painted Jenny's house to look like it did when she lived here! How cool is that?! When Jenny and her husband bought the house, it had sat unoccupied for 20+years so they have completely re-done the inside with such charm. I wish everyone could go appreciate the structure and history of this old home. I live in an old home myself and we have tried to remodel as money allows to "look old". So, I guess I am partial to appreciating the character and charm an old home has to offer. Anyway, here it is!