hallway progress- art
My hallway has been a sloooooow moving project. Above is where we started last September. I talked about the vision for the hall (and ways to spruce up any hall) in December and then in January, I painted the hall white.
And there it has sat. Last week I finally put up the chair molding (thank you to my husband for the generous Mother’s Day gift of a miter saw). I am hoping that next weekend I’ll have time to put up the picture molding and the week after to hang a new light- the builder grade “boob” light is beyond ugly. Today I want to tell you about the hallway progress we have made with the art.
A few weeks ago I was visiting my favorite secret budget source- Down East’s Empire clearance center. They sell Pottery Barn and West Elm returns at ridiculous prices. It’s in Salt Lake City off of Redwood Road and 1700 South. I was making the rounds through the store when I saw a gorgeous frame for $5! Side note, I really need to recover that chair- yuck!
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It was made for framing your baby’s monthly photo (and normally $70), but the matte was printed incorrectly. So I scoped that up! I then found a 2014 Rifle Paper Co. calendar for $1. It has the most beautiful illustrations of travel destinations in the U.S. My husband had mentioned that he would like a place to put our travel mementos, and it clicked that this art and frame could come together to make a cute travel gallery wall. I love when things come together like that- I finally had a vision I was excited about and that is the fuel that is pushing this project forward. I just realized that I have a lot of travel themed projects going on right now. Sorry if this is travel overload for you!
To start with, I pulled the paper out of the gold frame and wrote with pencil a song lyric from Mindy Gledhill’s song California– “All I ever wished to do is travel through this life with you.” Then I traced it with a sharpie until I had a pretty quote.
For the hall I want to frame a combination of art and travel photos. What that means is I needed lots of frames. Have you priced out frames lately? They are expensive! $8-$10 each for the cheap ones. I am too frugal for that so I buy oak frames from the thrift store for $0.50-$1.50 each and paint them. It takes me awhile to sand and paint a few coats, but it is by far the least expensive way to take a frame from oak to pretty. I bought 8 frames from the thrift store and gave them paint. Here’s a video of how easy it is to update an old frame:
Next, I framed my favorite city art from the $1 calendar in the newly painted frames.
I sent off some trip photos to get printed. I’ll show you those framed when I do the final reveal. I still need to find some ledges for our souvenirs. The tricky thing is that the hall is very narrow, so the ledges can’t come out too far or they will get damaged when we move furniture.
The last piece of art I got for the hall is a letter board. I have been seeing these and loving them lately so when I found an affordable version on Amazon I added it to the cart without really thinking about it. I love that I can switch out quotes easily.
So that is my hallway progress for the week. Check back next week to see how they look hanging and pretty 🙂
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