Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Giant Frame {On The Cheap}

I had been wanting to replace the barn picture on our mantel for awhile now.  I still love it but was ready for a change.  

I wanted a giant frame but did not want to pay a ton so while browsing the hardware store with the family one day, we came across these six foot pine planks for a privacy fence.

They were cheap at under $2 a piece and rough.  Perfect.  Jason measured and cut the angles.

We stained it using leftover stain we found in the garage from our nook project.  Jason connected each piece together using "L" brackets.

And my giant frame came to life at just under $12 total cost.  Gotta love that!

Then it was time to accessorize.  The giant frame would not cut it alone.  I added an old window frame and two old frames.  I painted one in my favorite DecoArt Spa Blue for a fun splash of color.  

  Filled the larger one with artwork by my five year old and the smaller one with a favorite wedding photo.  The little birdie I love and I gotta keep my Scrabble tiles handy for changing up the word on top of the toy shelf!

Of course, in honor of summer and because I am a sucker for a cute pennant banner, I had to make a mini one for the old window!  Makes me smile everytime.

I am calling it the "Happy Mantel"!

Thanks for stopping by.

I'll be partying at these blogs this week!

Happy Tuesday!


Phyllis May 31, 2011 at 6:22 AM  

The window with the pennant banner is adorable. Great job! Love it!

Patti @ Pandoras Box May 31, 2011 at 6:42 AM  

The change looks great...but what really caught my eye are your sconces - where can I find them? Love 'em

Lori P May 31, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

I love this! I have a similar sized frame (same size, nothing in it) that I found at a garage sale YEARS ago. Just love the character.

Wendy May 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

Love the frame! How big is it? I may need to find a reason to make a giant frame now! Oh, & the rest of your mantle looks fab too!

Page May 31, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

Genius Tiffany! I love it! If you're ever in Louisville and want to walk around my house and say, "This would be cute here...maybe try this...", you are totally welcome at any time!! ;) You have great ideas!

Unknown May 31, 2011 at 11:02 PM  

Smart Smart Smart! Love it!

TBonesMom June 1, 2011 at 9:34 AM  

Makes me wish I had a mantel!

Ginger@gingersnapcrafts.com June 1, 2011 at 6:53 PM  

Beautiful! (Came over from Sugar Bee Crafts) New follower. :)

Just started my own link up party over at gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com.

Would love to have you link up. A giveaway is involved. :)


Rosario June 2, 2011 at 11:03 AM  

Wow you just inspired me with your mantle. I just rescued a smaller frame with now glass from sister-in-laws front porch. She was going to throw it away. I thought of using it for my daughter's art work. Thanks for sharing your project.

Tiffany June 2, 2011 at 1:15 PM  

Hi Patti! The sconces are probably 5 years old and came from Target. Where else, right? : ) Thanks!

Tiffany June 2, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

Hi Wendy! Thanks for your comment. The frame size is 52" by 42".

Erin A June 3, 2011 at 8:13 AM  

I LOVE this giant frame! And so glad you mentioned the L hooks, I need to get those for a few frames around the house that I want to use but need re-inforced. Love your tiny bunting and mantle too!

Mandy Ford Art & Illustration June 3, 2011 at 8:44 AM  

Love it! Definitely gives me inspiration for our {currently bare} mantel. :)

Unknown June 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

Looks great! Love the way you styled your mantle.

Jos @ keathley{chronicles} June 3, 2011 at 9:00 AM  

Love it...everything. Simple, sophisticated, do-able for us average women. LOVE it.

Unknown June 4, 2011 at 8:23 PM  

Beautiful!!! I LOVE the huge frame! Great job.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} June 7, 2011 at 10:07 PM  

I love the whole empty frame look. I've been scouring op shops to find a painting with a decent frame I can do this to but no success yet. Making your own, why didnt I think of that! Also love those little flags just adorable :)
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