2.21.2011

A Craigslist Frame PT. 2

By: Ashleigh

Hey everyone! If you're new to Sincerely you can read PT. 1 and get up to speed. If not, welcome to PT. 2 of the Craigslist frame saga.

This portion of the show is brought to you by the Pottery Barn Gilt Frame Card Holder (no longer available) that retailed for $150. 


$150 for a frame and some string?! I don't think so.
Here is my frame post cleaning:

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I did like it empty, but you know... I can never leave well enough alone. So I ran to Lowe's for some 24 gauge galvanized steel wire.

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Yep, that's a kitty paw.
I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the wire to the back. I couldn't pound in nails because the frame isn't that sturdy, and pounding in nails would have knocked more of the carving off of the front.  So I got out my trusty tool kit (that I borrowed from my mom) and found some thumb tacks. That I pushed in with my thumbs. OUCH. I put them in kind of haphazardly so the wires wouldn't be in perfect lines.

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Then I started wrapping the wires around the tacks. If you ever decide to do this, make sure you pull the wires tight as you go along. Or you end up like me and have to unwind a bunch and start over because of your sagging wires.

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This also happened to me. A tangled mess of wire.

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Finally though, I got it all finished.

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Then I had to take a break and make breakfast. I was worn out! And my thumbs were aching!

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Now to the good stuff. I put it back on my desk and adorned the wires with some of my favorite things.


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I can always count on my grandma, grandpa and uncle to send me cards for even the littlest holiday. So I love to have them out where I can see them. Sometimes getting one of those familiar envelopes in the mail is the only thing that gets me through the long weeks away from my family.


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Here's a detail shot so you can see the awesome carving and aged patina on this frame.


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I'm much happier with it now. 

Here's the cost breakdown:

Frame       $15
Wire         $4

Total:        $19


I think that beats the $150 Pottery Barn frame. For sure!


Hope you enjoyed!

Sincerely,

Ashleigh

PS: Linking up to:


Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
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20 comments:

Lisa said...

I love that the wires aren't straight. Yes, I'm filing this one away for a future time. Thanks for the tutorial.

Cheers,
Lisa x

Allison Shops said...

Great job! I also like the wire not straight.
Dropping by from How To's Day. Hope you'll drop by and see the informal picture wall How To I did for DD2.

Allison
Atticmag

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

This turned out lovely! And what a cost savings!

Okie Chic said...

I like yours better!

bj said...

uH OH....I HAVE to make one of these. This is so cute and I can see that you could add so many personal things to it. I just love it. You did a great job on it, too.
I like YOURS a whole lot better...

Lindsey Diffendaffer said...

I totally made one too! I love your frame though. So chic!

Throw Open the Windows said...

What a great idea! Makes me want to check the thrift store or CL for an old frame. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment.
Rebecca

The Herlings said...

Hey I did the same thing over Christmas! Yay for us! I use it for the exact same thing, to display those nice cards that folks send. But when I don't have any cards, I have prints of Parisian photos hanging, so there is always something on display.

~K @ VintageSkye said...

The details on that frame are wonderful! You really scored when you found it. The whole project is dreamy!

lauren@WESTFURNITUREREVIVAL said...

great idea love the frame. im over from the blog hop and im your newest follower

dulci said...

love this! turned out great!

http://ladulcivida.blogspot.com/

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said...

This is gorgeous! It's so simple, but makes such a huge impact! I'd love for you to stop by my blog!

Tammy said...

love it,coming over from the blog hop at Deja Renew.

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Love the way this turned out and I've enjoyed visiting your great blog. Thanks for stopping by mine & for your nice comment.

Warmly, Michelle

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