I’ve been working on making an art wall in the living room. I’ve been planning this out for months. I wanted to have it all very symmetrical and flowery and aqua-y. And it is a big wall, so I wanted to fill it up with frames. But, I also wanted to do it as cheaply as possible.
So, I ordered a bunch of wallpaper samples that I planned on framing. The first two samples were free, and the rest were about $1 a piece. Cheap! Yay!
Then I started scouring the frame aisles of my favorite stores for the last six months trying to find twelve 11 x 14 frames, with mats included. I didn’t want to spend more than $10 a frame, because that is already $120, and that’s a lot of money.
Then I found that floating outlet in our wall, and realized twelve frames wouldn’t work. To have everything symmetrical and hide the outlet at the same time, I needed an odd number of rows.
Doesn’t it look like there is some heavy, evil presence hanging over my Liddy? Run, baby! Run!!!!!
So, after searching and striking out over and over I finally found these frames this week.
And they had exactly nine, like I needed. And they were even a dollar cheaper, so I got 2 for $15. Nice. Only problem… they didn’t come with mats and I didn’t want to pay extra to buy some.
So, I took that paper insert that says 2 for $16, cut out the rectangle with a razor blade, and made my own cheapie mats.
Although, I must confess, I wanted more of the wall filled with frames and wallpaper prints. But, I’m hoping that once I dye and hang the curtains, that the extra wall space will be filled up and won’t look so empty.
After I had been working on this project for hours, Mr. Darcy came into the room and I said, “Look what I did!” in a very self-satisfied tone.
And he replied, as monotonously as possible: “You put wallpaper into frames.”
He’s not so impressed. I even tried to tell him how much money I saved him, but I still really don’t think he cares that much.
Still, I did that whole wall for eighty-something dollars. I thought it was going to cost a lot more when I first schemed it up.