Hey Everybody! This week I am back with the latest installment of our Romantic Industrial Master Bedroom Makeover, this week it's all about the walls! And to make it that much better I have teamed up with a bunch of other fabulous bloggers to bring you A Wall Art Blog Hop! Each of us has made a different DIY Wall Art project and now we are sharing them with all of you! That's not all! If you also blog we're giving you the chance to link up on of your wall art projects to share across all 15 of our blogs! So don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom to see all of the other beautiful DIY Wall Art Projects!
You may remember a few weeks ago I shared our Stenciled Brick Feature Wall I painted and the Vintage Insulator Pendant Lights I made by combining modern convince with vintage industrial charm. With both of those projects done I knew it was time to decorate the wall above our bed.
Whatever I hung up there needed to fit within my Romantic Industrial theme and I wanted to incorporate something repurposed. Inspiration finally struck one day when I was walking through our local Marshall's. I found two Navy picture frames that I absolutely loved, even though they were scratched to pieces (check back soon to see how I fixed them) and then 3 more beautiful wood frames that seemed to scream Romantic Industrial. Well, maybe they didn't scream it then, but with a little modification they do now!
Before we go too far I wanted to remind you what the room looked like back in May when we started this whole process. Pretty boring right? After I painted the brick stencil feature wall our bedroom really came to life! And who knew it would be so popular?!? It was even featured by House Beautiful Magazine! All of this definitely would not have been possible without all of your wonderful support! But let's get back to the real reason why we are all here, to talk about our new Romantic Industrial Picture Frames/Wall Art.
For this Project I used
- 3 8x10 picture frames without a mat
- 2 8x10 picture frames with a mat
- 5 belts 1" wide or less
- A drill
Starting this Project
To make the hanger I buckled a belt and held it up the the frame to measure for space and buckle placement. To help keep the project interesting I switched the buckles back and forth. Once I found the perfect spot I cut the belt open using a regular pair of scissors. Then I used that belt as a template for the other frames to make sure they all hung at the same height. Since I used two different sized frames the belts for the bigger frames also needed to be a little longer. I apologize but I forgot to take a picture of this step.
Next using a small bit I drilled a hole in each side of the picture frames about an inch from the top Using the same bit I then drilled a hole through the belts. If the belt is wider than the frame I recommend drilling the hole a little closer to the front, so the edge of the picture frame and the edge of the belt are flush when the picture is hanging.
Assembling the Frames
After the holes were drilled I used a short nail that was slightly larger than the hole and attached the belt to the the frame. To prevent damage to my frame I removed the glass and used small soft taps with a washcloth between the nail and hammer.
Choosing My Art
When I started this project I knew exactly what I wanted my frames to look like but I wasn't sure what I wanted to put in them. They ended up being hung on the wall empty for a few days until I finally figured out what I wanted to put in them.
I finally decided on DIY vintage lithographs or botanical prints from Biodiversity Hertiage Library on Flicker. If you haven't seen or heard of this collection you should definitely check it out. Biodiversity has over 84,000 vintage lithographs in their collection and they are all free to download and use! It really doesn't get much better than that. In an upcoming post I will show you how I edited and resized the images so the could be used in a standard 8x10 picture frame.
Hanging My Frames
When I started this project I knew I wanted to use some sort of hook to hang my frames instead of a regular old boring nail. Plus I really like the layered look so what ever hook I choose had to come away from the wall a little bit to stack my frames. I found the perfect hooks on sale at Hobby Lobby. They are even romantic industrial with their tough metal hooks and feminine porcelain medallions.
Now that they are hung up the only thing left to do it sit back and enjoy! They turned out so beautifully! With each project our romantic industrial bedroom gets better and better!
I hope all of you enjoyed my DIY Romantic Industrial Frames as much as I do! The repurposed belts make such a statement up against the stenciled brick wall. Now I am sure your dying to see whatever one else made for their DIY Wall Art Blog Hop! Don't forget to link up your Wall Art projects below!
10. Casa Watkins
11. Domicile 37
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There were so many fun wall art projects in the hop. Do you have a favorite project? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!