Hello Everyone! I have missed you over the last few weeks. We have been migrating the site and blog from Bring Home Order to Goldenrod Place and it’s taken much longer than I anticipated. Luckily we are just about there and I can now resume sharing inspiration and ideas with all of you! Thank you for hanging in there with me.
Today I’m sharing a creative way to approach custom framing for art and photography. If you’ve ever used a custom framer, you know that this is not an inexpensive endeavor. Costs for a matted, 8×10 print with anti-glare and UV protection glass can cost around $400-500. It can be more depending on the size of your matting and grade of the frame. If you want to use double or triple matting, the cost will be even higher.
I most frequently use Michael’s for my custom framing projects because they run promotional sales which can provide savings of 50 – 65%. That’s a lot of savings! But even so, it’s not a bargain.
Recently, I was scouring the PTA thrift shop and came across two framed prints that were $6 each! The framing had been customized, as evidenced by the matting and backing of the frame. I purchased these two pieces with the intention of repurposing the frames and ditching the art and mats.
I had photos from my wedding that I wanted to frame and these frames were perfect! I took the frames and my photos to Michael’s and replaced the matting and glass. For less than $200 I had custom framed two pieces for less than half of what ONE piece would have cost!
These were a perfect addition to our foyer…
So, check out places like Goodwill, The PTA Thrift Shop and consignment stores for framed art that can be up-cycled. It can save you hundreds! The search is really fun, too! Let me know if you find something good.
Happy hunting… ~Maria