A picture can speak a thousand words and so can the frame the picture is placed in. The frame can suggest how special a picture is which is clear to see in Krista Fabregas’s Family Photo Gallery Picture Frame Remix. Krista originally found her calling in the artistic pursuits, particularly in graphic design and advertising. It was only natural that she would she would eventually put her artistic talents to redesigning her spaces and inspire others to do so while on a budget. It was with great pleasure that I was allowed to speak with Krista about her Family Photo Gallery Picture Frame Remix.
Krista: I purchased a variety of tattered, mismatched tabletop photo frames from two local charity resale shops (Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore being one) and a garage sale, and added these to a few gaudy ones I already had hiding in a drawer. The prices ranged from $0.50 to $1.50 each for the purchased frames – total spent was less than $10. The only other material needed was spray paint. I used two finishes, a silver hammered and a silver plate finish, each can cost around $5.99 at the hardware store, and we had plenty left over for new projects.
After a quick cleaning with rubbing alcohol to ensure paint adhesion, I spray painted several frames in the silver hammered finish and the rest in the silver plate finish to create some variety in the final arrangement. I used black and white inkjet photos to tie the whole arrangement together and voila! A stylish way to show off favorite photos just about anywhere — entry table, mantle or accent table, or in a entertainment center or on display shelving.
Frames-Before: The frames as purchased — a mix of tattered, banged up, gaudy cast-offs.
Frames-After: After painting and adding black and white photo prints, these trash-to-treasure frames make an eclectic, eye-catching display in any room.
Wow, these frames are really amazing! I know of a few photo frames around my house that could definitely use this touch up. Krista has left her roots in advertising and now works with a family-friendly company aimed at helping families fix up their own homes and much more. You can find Krista at her website: kidsmartliving.com. Happy thrifting and decorating everyone!
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