Ginormous Family Art {With an Industrial Flare}

The hubs and I had a little chat a few weeks ago… we were both pretty sick of having a semi-finished family room.  We’ve had bare walls for pretty much ever. I just couldn’t decide what to do… stalking other blogs and design sites had me leaning a different direction every day.  Finally, I decided to just do something!
Remember my fingerprint artwork?  I still really love it, but decided it needed to be relocated to the other side of the room.

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What, you might ask, did I have planned for the striped wall? 
Welcome to my Ginormous $4.99 Family Art work

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Pin It Right off the bat… YES, I know the picture comes beyond the frame, and I did do it on purpose.  My kids have asked me about that about 214754 times in the past two weeks.  
Here’s how I made a 4×3 Ginormous piece of family art for only $4.99!
I headed to the Bucks County Re-Store on Saturday afternoon without anything specific in mind. I just knew I hadn’t done a project in forever and I needed some inspiration.  I only bought one item, but it was $15 and just what I needed to spark a project idea!

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Check out my new $15 mirror and my super-cool dance move! (Yes, I was doing that while taking the picture.  Too cool for school, I know…)

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This was how it came from ReStore and where my demo needed to begin.

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I unscrewed the wooden boards from the back and then took a screwdriver to pry off the wooden backside.  I just tapped it in with a hammer and then angled the screwdriver.  I did this all around the edges until it came free.  

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I was left with a big mirror (still plotting what to do with it), the frame I needed, and a piece of wood that headed to the trash.  

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I primed the mirror first… do you know how rare it is that I take the time to prime?  I was proud.  After the primer I gave it two coats of Valspar’s Navy spray paint. 

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Remember the awesome family pictures that the fabulous Stacy Salvatori took back in the fall?  Well, I    knew I was ready to have one blown up really, really big, but I didn’t want to pay big bucks for a massive print.  
Thankfully, Staples will print huge black and white pictures.  Just ask for an engineering print.  They can go over 3 feet wide and really long.  I just brought the jpeg on a flash drive and they uploaded and printed in about 5 minutes.  The best part… It cost me $4.99!! 

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Do you recognize that black paper behind the photo? It’s the infamous Nate Show Tar Paper! I was wicked excited to use it for another project! 
I got out my trusty yet my nemesis spray adhesive and got to work sticking the pic to the tar paper. 

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The engineer prints aren’t on heavy paper, they’re on average copy weight paper, so I wanted to give it a bit more stability with the tar paper.  

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I adhered it, trimmed the edges with a utility knife and then got out my favorite new tool… my grommeter! I only had gold grommets, so I spray painted them a hammered metal first.  I put one grommet on each side.  

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I had two copies of this framed print laying around back from my old homestaging days.  I decided to ditch the boat and use the frames.

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I also had about five of these frames laying around in my basement and decided to have them join the navy spray paint club as well.  

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Here’s the arrangement as it looks now.  I added gold chain to the grommets and I’m in search for the perfect doorknob to hang it from in the middle.  I might need to head over to Architectural Antiques this weekend.  I’m also going to add sketched artwork to the 4 empty frames.  

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All-in-all, I’m thrilled with how this completely inexpensive family artwork turned out.  I love having my family’s faces right in our main living space, and I love that it’s a little quirky and unique.  

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Don’t worry, I’ll share the true finished product once I get a knob and artwork added.  I was just too impatient not to share the family pic right away! 
So, how many of you are running to Staples to 
BLOW-UP some Ginormous pics?  

Comments

  1. Janelle Speca says

    i have been wanting to blow up some pictures of our kids…. but didn’t want to pay the price. NOW i can! thanks Monica :)

  2. says

    Hehe, I was wondering the same thing about the stencils?? :) :) I think it looks very modern, definitely a conversation starter!
    I’ll be going to Stapes to print some large posters for the Birthday Party!!!

  3. Ervin says

    Speechless about and totally stuck on the fact that you have a grommeter. Amazed that this is available to the public. :)

  4. says

    Okay I must know… where did you get your grommeter? I have a chintzy fabric store kind but it is older than the hills and won’t work for my projects. And the ginormous art??? All I can say is Staples here I come!! Thank you so very much!

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