Ok, long term fans, it's confession time. Roughly 80 million years ago, in this post, I asked advice for framing my "For Like Ever" poster, which I bought from Village. And I made a decision. And then I found out it was going to be like $400. So the project got put on hold, which I admitted to in this post. And yet, due to our financial situation and the poster's placement on the priority list, it never got done. UNTIL NOW.
But first I'm going to tease you with a few (designer) photos of the poster that will go down in (personal) infamy as he-who-would-not-be-framed.
I mean, you can see why after more than, um, two years I was still smitten with the pretty print and wanted it framed! So when I needed the frame in our bedroom for my new "I Love You Blogs and Coffee" print (sending the IKEA photo it WAS holding on its merry way), I had a big ol' wall in our bedroom to fill. Readers, it was time. So we allotted some of the office sofa money for the framing. I was determined to cut the cost down SOMEHOW, maybe with just a custom mat in a standard issue frame or just a frame with NO matting. It would still be pricey either way, but not too bad.
Then I remembered a blog post I'd seen recently, I think on High Heeled Foot in the Door, and she had mounted the art on the FRONT of a mat. Genius. I could get a standard frame AND standard mat and mount the poster on top of the non-fitting mat. So that's what we did.
Now this is just a sneak peek at our bedroom, because it's had a few cute upgrades, but I just couldn't wait to share a picture of the poster with you! But I promise to put a few finishing touches on the bedroom and get it posted next week so you can see how the whole space has come together (and I'll get a chance to make my bed first!).
So the final bill? $50 for the frame, and $12 for an uncut mat to fit (I did a little one-line trimming at home with a razor blade). PLUS, the day we were there, Aaron Brother's was having a buy-one-get-one-for-a-penny sale on frames. So we paid outright for the $50 frame, but we got another $30 frame for $0.01. Can't beat that deal with a stick. Just wait to see what we did with that one! Another never-before-seen corner of our apartment! But all in all, framing my For Like Ever poster was $62 - that is $338 less than I was originally quoted!
I should note that matting your art in direct contact with the glass CAN damage the art if it sticks to the glass. Luckily I don't anticipate changing out this poster anytime soon, and in any case, it was not an expensive or valuable print.