Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lean On Me


Perhaps it's a side-effect of Design ADD, or of being Design Commitment Phobic (DCP). It could be a result of the combination of the two disorders (yeah, I know I'm a design basket case). But, whatever the cause, I enjoy leaning t
hings in my design. I've leaned pictures, mirrors, shutters, old windows, old tin---you name it, I've probably leaned it. The advantage to leaning is that there is no repair work needed when you change things out. Plus, I just like the more casual style of leaning items.

My favorite things to lean are huge, empty picture frames.
I like the way they frame out the items in front on them.
I like that they give the whole vignette some height and balance.

And there's a real advantage to an empty frame when you're DCP. . . you guessed it, no commitment!
, who says that just the frame itself can't be a work of art!


Mrs. B said...

DCP, yet another disorder I have too. I love your "leaning" photos. Everything looks very nice. Love those empty frames AND your apothecary jars AND that black bird cage. I used to be a leaner in our old house when we had a fireplace and mantle, leaned art on the mantle all the time. Now I don't have a very good place to lean things, but I've always liked the look.

Mrs. B said...

I'm back! I have an award for you at my blog. I think your furniture projects are so creative! Accept if you wish, no hurry and don't feel obligated.

Jennifer L. said...

Joy, I just read that you have five children, so do I! Anyway, I have a question about preping metal object for painting. Do you just give it a sanding like everything else or is there a different approach? For instance I have a brass headboard I want to paint.

Joy said...

Hi Jennifer,
Okay, I'm assuming that your brass headboard is not an antique and is a newer brass. Most "newer" brass has been treated with a top coat so it won't tarnish and that makes it a little more difficult to paint, but it can be done. Here's what I would recommend: first, give it a good cleaning with a degreaser like TSP, it's strong but it also acts like a sanding agent. Then use a good primer, you might be able to skip this step, but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Kilz or Rustoleum spray primers work well. I would definitely use a spray paint because it goes on smoother and gets into the nooks and crannies easier. There are so many great colors and textures of spray paint now! Remember to use light spray strokes so it won't run. Good Luck! If you have any more questions, let me know. I'm excited to see the finished project.

Jennifer L. said...


I'm guessing that it's not a true "antique" but it's not new either. I picked it up from Good Will for $12. I've got a picture of it on my blog.

~L~ said...

A friend of mine directed me to your Blog because I did a similar frame project as one you had posted. I'm glad she told me about you. Love the blog.

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