A long weekend for me also means that I can do a project or two while Scott is home and entertaining the girls.
One of the things I had been wanting to tackle was a large Pottery Barn frame we received as a wedding gift.
Now my 2006 self thought this looked great - blue marker handwriting, multiple photos from our big day surrounding the 8"x10" photo in the middle with some sea grass from our centerpieces and a few tiny starfish to even everything out...whoa.
My 2011 self looks at this and cringes. Why did I write on this? At the very least I could have gotten someone with decent handwriting to do it! Anyway, the frame is beautiful and I love this wedding photo so I wanted to come up with some way of saving it from sitting in our basement indefinitely.
The biggest problem (literally) was the matte - it is just so big that I felt like it needed something to fill it out then and I still do now - just not so much. So after much
|Lovely vintage brass stencils purchased on Etsy.|
Originally I planned to adhere these weathered and worn beauties onto the matte. But after a few configurations it just didn't look balanced to me. So I decided to try using them as stencils (genius) instead.
|A little metallic gold paint and a sponge brush.|
I should mention that the stencils I bought were of the words and numbers significant to our big day.
08 18 2006 - the day we got married
HAPPY - our first dance song (a little known Bruce Springsteen gem)
LBI - Long Beach Island - wedding location
|Not perfect but much better!|
I'm planning to hang this in our dining room - but am a little commitment-phobe at the moment and not sure where exactly it will go. So in the meantime, I took a few shots of it leaning against the wall.
Updating a blah matte with stenciled letters and/or numbers is a great way to modernize any frame you have. This would look great in a child's room too with the alphabet stenciled in bright colors!