Monday, November 17, 2008

An After After

Okay, I'm warning you now, in the last little while I have managed to purchase TWO cases of black spray paint, so I will likely be posting a weeks worth of "I spray painted this black" projects. I'm giving you the opportunity now to abandon reading my blog for a week. However, if you choose to stick around, I will try to make things a bit interesting.
Today we're going to start out small.
I love botanical prints. I felt pretty lucky when I found these two at the thrift store. Technically, you are looking at an "after" picture of them. Originally the frames were gold. I like them much better in black. But, the frames are thin and I really like nice wide frames.I found some frames for two dollars a piece. They must have come from a historical building because they all had old photos with the dates. I took the frames apart and painted the frames and the mat boards. When everything was dry, I placed the prints inside the newly painted frames. I like the look of the "after-after" much better.I thought you might enjoy a close up of one of the original photos. It's a picture of a grocery store in 1910 during Thanksgiving. Seeing this, made me very thankful that when I purchase my Thanksgiving turkey this year, it will be wrapped in a protective plastic, not hanging upside-down from a wooden beam.
Yes, one more convenience in life to be grateful for!

46 comments:

Victoria said...

Am I first to comment??? Love the "after, after" pic. The prints look great in their new frames!

I don't mind seeing 2 weeks worth of black spray paint projects at all. Bring it on....:)

Janene said...

I love the after-after too!
I'm with you about the protective wrapped turkeys!
No rafter hanging ones for me!!
Janene

JEWEL said...

Beautiful job. I cannot wait to see what you will do with all that paint.

Wendy said...

I love love the after after. Much better! I'm sticking around for the week. Bring it!

Ewww -- no turkeys that I have to chop the head and feet off! (I'm such a pioneer girl! LOL)

AndreaLeigh said...

I never would have thought to paint a mat! I love the finished look. I, too, like wide frames.

Karen said...

Looks awesome! I recently painted mats and they turned out fab!

ceekay said...

The after after is really nice. But I also love the old photo...you are going to keep it aren't you???

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Seeing the turkeys-I would be a lot thinner if I had to cook with that stuff looking like that!

Valarie Lea said...

I need more projects to spray paint black. :)

Rachel said...

I love your frames, Joy. (no suprise there..) So, I'm wondering- who takes a picture of deceased turkeys and frames it? Hmm...
~Rachel :o)

salmagundi said...

Bring on the projects! I've been in a black painting mood, also. I didn't realize you could spray paint mats. Everything is worth a try, right?? Sally

Darlene said...

Those look BEAUTIFUL in their new AFTER frames!!!! I can't wait to see all your black spray painting projects. I am frustrated cause I need some black primer and I can't find any in my small town...ARGH! I have one more place to go......

Queen Bean said...

love the frames. i just sprayed a lamp black about an hour ago. trying to get in the spray painting before it snows! deana

K and/or K said...

I suddenly feel the urge to spray paint something! Lovely improvement. Those turkeys are hilariously appropriate right now also.

Michelle said...

love the after-after!

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

YOU ROCK! I love how you made those frames look beyond awesome. All with just a can of spray paint.

angela said...

I'm sticking around, too...love to see all of your projects, so go for it!!!!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I love the frames! I have so many frames, all different colors, and I want to spray paint them, but they just don't come out very well. I'd love it if you'd do a spray paint tutorial for dummies like me.

Ashlie said...

Yes, the wide frames make the prints look much more striking. Now you should do something wonderful with those old prints!

leaca said...

Those look great.

joelandbecca said...

Those turkeys scare me!

I love the after! Turned out great!

Susan S. said...

I LOVE this...and WHAT a SCORE...ALL that paint. You rock! I spent the whole beautiful weekend pulling things out of my shed and giving them a new look with paint. I wore gloves but sometimes that darn spray paint leaks through---thus...I have a hunter green index fingernail.

Mabry's gamma said...

I love the look of the "after - after" much better, I am with ya on the wider frames.

Yes, thank goodness for turkeys in plastic wrap!

MilkMaid said...

Oh look at that poor pig on the end, having to hang out....with all those turkeys.

:-)

My Daddy was a butcher, so these things look normal to me.

LOVE the pictures, and yes, do bring on the black paint projects.

Holly said...

The new frames are a big improvement!
Joy, I have a new project today that you helped inspire. Thanks!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Joy,
Your new project looks great! I'm looking forward to more stuff from you in the weeks to come!

I have been having a trash to treasure on my blog on Tuesdays...if you have something you want to link...I don't mind something old. All of your stuff is wonderful.

Have a great day!
Diane

AnnaSam said...

I love the prints. They turned out great` Have a blessed day!
Juanita

sherylc said...

I found your blog last month and have been spray painting everything since then! I love your home and can't wait to see what else you will be painting. Thanks for sharing!

tam said...

Oh all that black spray paint won't scare this girl off! LOL!Looks great so far and...
Looking forward to seeing the finished results of all that black paint!
~Tam

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Love that spray paint, you did a great job...and isn't it so satisfying when you see something and then you replicate it for so much less!!! It is a yippeeee moment of JOY!
BLESSINGS,
DEBBIE

Shirlee said...

Your weather must be co-operating if you're going through two cases of spray paint. I'm taking advantage of calm winds and warm temps to spray two chandeliers. Hope the weather holds out as I think I need one more day.
The fatter frames really make a statement. I thought they looked nice before but "wow" what a difference.
If I had to buy a turkey like that, we'd never eat 'em. It's bad enough wrestling with a cleaned up version to remove the "extras" from inside. ICK.
I'll be back to see what other projects you have on the go.
Have a great eve,
Shirlee

the undomesticated wife said...

Looks much better, much more substantial!

deepfriedapplepies said...

WHOOOOO HOOOO!!! Gotta love anything black... I just used about 12 can's myself.. check into my blog tomorrow!!! I'll be tuning into yours!

Kacey R. said...

The larger frames make the prints so much more noticeable. I love the "after-after." And can we just say gross abotu the old picture of the grocery store??? The turkey picture is crazy! Ha! Ha! My how things have changed, I wonder what they thought about salmanella then? :o)

Sandy Toes said...

I am thankful too..that I don't buy turkey like that..wow!
-sandy toes

Ann said...

That's a simple project I think I can try. I've been really wanting to try some spray painting but too afraid I might just ruin a thing. I think a frame like that would not really be such a waste if I mess it up and can really look great if I make it right. Thanks for sharing and you did a good job transforming there.

Audrey said...

Just hopped on over from Tip Junkie--adding you to my bloglines, and can't wait to go through your archives...lovely ideas! :)

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

The prints really POP with the black frames. Did you get carded for buying a case of spray paint??
The hanging turkey photo is kinda cool...
I'll be back to see more of your projects.
Warmly,
Deb

Mimi Sue said...

So much better, in my opinion. Love it. As for the turkeys...Yikes Mimi

Mavis D. said...

There is only one problem with your blog....you don't post often enough! LOL!

I love looking to see what the project you are working on...especially the black pieces.

Keep up the great work and bring on that case of paint!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I really like the "after-after" a lot!! Especially the interior black edging of the mat board. Looks perfect with your decor!

And I can't wait to see the rest of your spray painted projects :)

Blessings,
Stacey

michelle said...

LOVE your blog, and talent! I came over from Tip Junkie, and am so glad I did! :)

Wendy said...

You're funny! I too am thankful that Turkey now comes in a plastic package!

I love your after-afters. I just love botanical prints and those frames are so pretty...you painted the mattes?

Heather said...

Joy, I just love everything you do! One question though: what paint do you use? And where do you live that it's still warm enough to spray paint? I'm so jealous! I have some stuff I'm dying to paint and it's too cold now in Toronto. Boo.

Martha (aka Yvette) said...

love the after too :) What kind of paint do you paint the mat boards with?? I have two old whitewashed frames I love (but want to paint) and the mat boards are a cream and the mauve color(very 80's)lol I love all your "afters" :)

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

These look SO much better!!

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