Drop Cloth Pictures
It all started, as much inspiration does, with a picture.
I had purchased 4 frames to use in an arrangement on my bedroom wall.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to put in them, until I saw this picture in my
“100 decorating ideas under $100″ magazine.
They used burlap in the back, and pressed leaves under the glass.
I adapted the concept for mine, using painters drop cloth fabric
and printing black and white graphics right onto the cloth.
The price was perfect, but the color wasn’t. I wanted something light for summer,
something that complimented my new “Ocean inspired bed makeover“
So I pulled out the Krylon spray paint-love me some spray paint!
I also got some white mats to go with my newly painted white frames.
I got the mats at Michaels, I think they were under $2 each.
Before we continue the tutorial, can we just take a moment to note the ugly seam in my countertop?
Do we all agree I have just cause to want to replace them? It has been like that for 16 years….
Ok – moving on..
I decided I would use the painters drop cloth fabric I had left over from my bedroom curtains
as the backing in the pictures. All I did for the curtains was cut the fabric to length, fold top section,
and use clip rings to attach the fabric to the rod. Super easy Diy curtains!
I still have tons of this painters cloth – I love this stuff!
Here is a tutorial on some pillows I made out of it too-
I cut the cloth to fit the cardstock, then used spray adhesive to apply it.
I took care to smooth out any wrinkles when I placed the fabric on the paper.
I considered ironing it for about 3 seconds, then I laughed and poured myself a coke…
I put the paper fabric side down into my printer and printed out the image.
Note: My printer prints on the bottom side of the paper as it goes into the tray,
yours may be different! Find out before you run the fabric/paper through.
I downloaded the images from The Graphic Fairy -
A couple of them came black and white, but there were two I had to import into
my iPhoto program and change to black and white. I also had to adjust the
sizes of the graphics to fit the 8 x 10 paper.
I love the way they turned out!
This would be really pretty done in color too – I have just been on such a neutral kick lately..
Now all I had to do was put them all together -
Of course it was more difficult than it needed to be, I found out why the Walmart frames
were so cheap. They weren’t a standard size. So when I bought the mats that should have
fit them, they were too big. So I had to cut down each of the mats. Of course it is usually
worth it to me to save a buck or two! I am such a cheapskate!
Love Love Love!!!!
They were just what I wanted! And I love the way they look in the room.
These pictures don’t do them justice because it was kind of dark and cloudy when I took them.
I guess they ended up costing right around $7 each -
I am sure they could be done for less though, I know they often have frames at the Dollar Tree.
But I don’t feel too bad about spending under $30 for decorating a wall………..
Ok – it would be cool if I could have done it for $15 or less….free would have been even cooler..
Dang it, why can’t I ever be cool??
Speaking of cool – Thrifty Decor Chick did something similar on her walls for free!
She has a link to the New York Library where you can download free pictures.
Sigh… she is uber cool..
Well, did you enjoy my new project as much as I did? Cause I am loving it!
Thanks for coming by – you readers always make my day- hope I make yours better too!
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