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Adding a Graphic Touch to Framed Art

Tuesday, October 11, 2011



Does anyone remember Rosemary?  To refresh, Rosemary is the buffet in the above image.  As you can see she is topped with a white cabinet.  I do not love the cabinet, and find it to be a little top heavy for this buffet.  If someone would take it off my hands that would be great, but until then...


To pull the two together, I decided to paint them both in the same shade of gray.  After looking into what seemed like hundreds of grays I decided on BM-Pewter.  Last week, I began painting and finally finished over the weekend.  The image above is of the newly painted pieces.  Also, to make the hardware look uniform, I used Rubb & Buff on the pieces that weren't already brass.  Can you tell which ones?  We have a piece of black granite that would be a nice addition to the top of the buffet and would bring some visual balance to the two.  I think?  Anyway, I am showing you this because the art looks so bland here.  I really wanted something that would pop and I preferred that it be a "free" project.


I went online and printed botanical images of colorful leaves.  I usually print onto card stock, but this time I printed onto copier paper.  I really needed some sort of mat for the art and considered making this ribbon mat.  Then I remembered how Jenny painted the border around prints to bridge the gap between the mat and image.  This gave me the idea to use thin ribbon and apply it with glue where the copier paper and card stock meet.  (Sorry about the blurry pictures, my battery was dying).



Here is the result with a fresh coat of glossy white on the bamboo frames and the new art.  I really like the graphic punch it gives.  The best part is that I already had the supplies that I needed.




28 comments:

  1. I think it looks great! I also love the bamboo frames.

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  2. LOVE the new color! i still am in love with rosemary. sigh.
    and the bamboo frames are awesome and i love the nice pops of color they have for art now!

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  3. Oh, really love the re-done frames...and how the ribbon is folded in the corners...great detail! Take care, Caroline

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  4. Love the pewter. And I really like how you styled it with the prints and things you already had. Very upset I just tossed all of our wine corks. Looks so cute. And I know the post isn't about this, but I LOVE your boots :)

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  5. Thanks everybody! Courtney, my husband thought it would be cute to take a picture of me while I was cooking last winter. It looks more like I am raiding the pantry ;)

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  6. Ha! Raiding the pantry is a real hobby of mine! LOVe love LOVE the glossy white bamboo frames! This little area for Rosemary in the kitchen really makes the whole room look cozy! Beautiful Rene!
    Thanks for the inspiration....I'm off to go find some bamboo frames!
    Kelle
    xoxo

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  7. Kelly, ha! Hate me, but these frames were $1 each at our local restore. I had the glass cut at Lowes.

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  8. Love the color you chose for the cabs. I think it looks fantastic with the graphics. I vote for piece of Granite. Sometimes you can get really lucky and find a remnant for super cheap.

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  9. Ha! I thought your weekend project was cleaning out the pantry - should have known! Love the modern touches the gray and artwork add!

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  10. I love the gray with the brass hardware...very nice. Can't believe Rub n Buff can turn silver into brass...so cool! And the prints look fantastic...love the bright colors that are not too bright. It all looks really nice.

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  11. It looks like they have always been together and I LOVE the art! I think it is fabulous!!

    Lou Cinda

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  12. Well, you look adorable standing there at your pantry! I'm with, Courtney, and love your boots, too. The glossy white frames look really nice next to your freshly painted buffet. That pewter is a great color! The artwork is fun and colorful.

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  13. Rene...those prints are wonderful! That was very creative of you....It gives the space color and texture...I really like Rosemary gray! Love those boots!

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  14. Love your sweet
    kitchen and the
    do-over on the
    hutch and cabinets
    are wonderful!
    xx Suzanne

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  15. oooh i love the color is amazing. and the upper cabinet matches it very well. ooh but i soo loved rosemary, after seeing her i went and picked up some for myself too!

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  16. Okay, there's so much to love here:

    a) your boots in the first picture (I had to comment, they are great!)

    b) the decision to paint the pieces in a uniform gray. Love that. Really brings them together.

    c) The ribbon trim--so chic. Just the perfect detail that makes such a difference.

    d) the black granite slab is all the cabinet needs. I think the stone would add a nice contrast to the lightness of the cabinetry, wall, and artwork.

    That was quite a ramble...I loved too much not to comment on it all! :)

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  17. I agree with all the comments above! I am always amazed with the power of a little paint!

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  18. Love what you did with the artwork. It really made such a difference.

    Just a thought about the buffet, what if you used a piece of marble/granite that is slightly larger than your buffet? That way the top would balance out the upper cabinet. Not sure if the piece of marble you have is big enough, but it's just a thought...

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  19. Thanks for all of the feedback everybody! We have a granite remnant that we picked up from a granite yard several years ago. I t actually matches our current counter tops just by chance. The piece is longer than the buffet and we were planning to let it be longer on the ends to create that illusion of a larger piece. We need easy access to the drawers so the front cannot hang over too much. Also, I have considered adding industrial casters to bring up the height a bit. Any thoughts?

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  20. Love the new artwork! The color pops so nicely against the neutral background. Really like the grey you chose, too! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. So pretty. Your new artwork really makes the cabinet pop. I love how you tied the top and bottom piece together, and the new color is gorgeous. Great job Rene!

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  22. I love that color you painted! Especially with the gold hardware. The prints look great with the black ribbon around them!

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  23. The artwork is perfect; a great way to bring in more interest and pops against the grey you picked which is very pretty.

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  24. Rene, I am dying over this transformation! I love how the gray color unites both pieces; I think the granite is going to be absolutely perfect; and I am sincerely jealous of your FREE and fabulous leaf art. It looks so so awesome!

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  25. Rene you have totally converted me to a gray lover. Painting the upper cabinets really makes the duo pop in your white kitchen! So, so pretty. Looks like a nice spot for a tray with a bottle of vino (opened, of course) and wine glasses! :)

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  26. I would say you "gussied" her up pretty nicely. All the touches, the hardware, the prints and the cohesive color really added to how wonderful the finished project looks. And sure wish I was there drinking the wine [from all the corks] with you :) And yes your boots are swell too!

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  27. I love the grey paint, and I think it makes the two pieces practically seamless! Gorgeous ... now it seems like it would be a shame to separate them, but I know I'll love whatever you end up doing!

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