Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster

Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of joy
Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of joy

We’ve had a gallery wall along the basement stairs for – evah!  Because we live so far away from family, this was the landing place for all the graduation, wedding, new baby photos from the extended family.  Add our own family milestone photos as well and it was an impressive number!   I picked out half a dozen that I wanted to keep on display elsewhere and put the rest into an album.  It was refreshing to have all that open space!!!   And boring.  It needed to have a pop of color, a place to rest the eye. 

To the rescue, Hobby Lobby.  Posters 66% off.  I loved the colors in this women’s watch poster, the background went beautifully with the new wall color, the roses added the pop so badly needed!  I already had a poster frame from a grocery store clearance — even better at 90% off!  Perfect!!!  Except it wasn’t.  It looked a little forlorn hanging on the big expanse of wall.  In keeping with my low budget production, I decided to repurpose the train shelves we took down as part of the basement redo.  It was a quick and easy project, a little bit rustic in keeping with the basement walls. 

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Bytes measured the poster.  He measured the 4″ wide pine boards so that the poster dimension fell in the exact middle of the diagonal corner cut.   Once this center point is marked, draw a line at 45 degrees with the smaller dimension on the bottom of the frame piece.  The poster frame lays on top and will leave room to securely tack  the poster and frame to the new gray frame and still have half the new gray frame showing around the poster frame. (Not clear?  The second picture down from here might help!)   He mitered the corners and laid the pieces out in a rectangle.  The wood had been stained gray to match the basement wall for its previous life.  Worked for this purpose, too. 

Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

A couple of cleats from some other long forgotten project  to hold each corner in place.  The kitchen counter was the makeshift workbench.  Of course.  Isn’t your kitchen a multipurpose room?  Especially in the winter when it is so cold in the garage that the thermometer doesn’t register.

Add Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

We laid the poster backing — a thin board — in place and tacked it down.   Be sure to keep brads least one inch from the edge so you can slip the poster frame channel into place.   The corner of the poster backing is on the diagonal cut where the measurements were taken.   Semi – precisely. 

Add a Chunky Frame to Your Favorite Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

Add the poster and plexiglass covering.

Add a chunky frame to your favorite poster -- A Pinch of Joy

Slip the black channel  that comes with the poster frame over the backing,  the poster and the plexiglass.   Add your hanger arrangement of choice to the back. 

How to Frame A Poster -- A Pinch of Joy

And there you are!  A nice sized pop of color for a staircase wall with a frame to make it an outstanding accent! 
A quick and easy project that took fifteen minutes from concept to hanging on the wall. 
Love it when things just flow together!

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Basement Makeover

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

1Basement Room Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

Remember this unique wallpaper from the Stair Makeover we did a while back?? It was here when we moved in and  I’m so glad to say it’s no longer a part of the scenery!  Those ships have sailed into the sunset!!!    One of our projects over the holidays was to work on the Basement room.  It was a playroom, a model train room, an exercise room  and, eventually, a very tired room.  A fresh wall made that even more obvious.  Here’s what was here — besides the ships: 

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A wall full of overflowing bookshelves.  I sold many of them, donated a bunch and whittled almost 5000 down to about 500.

4a Basement Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy Model trains, cars, and anything else that had wheels  were displayed on the two long walls at head height.

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Unpainted doors covered the water meter.

2Basement Makeover -- A Pinch of Joy

And this “lovely” carpet that has been here literally for decades — before we owned the house!

We rolled up our sleeves and got to work:

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A whole pickup load of “stuff” went to charity.  Exercise equipment, wicker furniture, toys, office material —  ruthless!  Some of it was there only because we never had   made time to move it out.  Time to go!!! 

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Wheels and Bytes replaced all the ceiling tiles for a much needed fresh look.  New lights were added.  Now we wonder how we ever navigated across the dark room to the adjacent laundry without them!  And we continued to move things out . . out. . out.  The laundry was full of things we were keeping. 

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Even the carpet came out so we could install THIS new look and a complete blank slate for starting over.  Well, except for that nautical lamp that’s always been there.  And things like the treadmill and “stuff” temporarily stored in the laundry room.  As close to a blank slate as we could get!   The bookshelves are gone, the display shelves disassembled, the walls cleaned.

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 The paneling was installed by a previous owner.  It was there (no time or money required),  in good shape and acceptable!   We painted all the exposed woodwork gray to blend with the paneling.  Getting rid of the contrast between the gray paneling and the dark stained woodwork makes the room look sooo much bigger!   I was too frugal to  buy the receptacles for Wheels to change out, but I did buy new outlet covers that blend in better.   I visited a “world renowned teaching hospital” about the same time we did this and noted they did the same thing in their gray walled waiting room!  I didn’t feel so bad — if they can be cheap, so can I!  Looks better than all stark white! 

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The ship wall was covered with white paintable beadboard paper.  Two coats of gray paint. 

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The makeover is still in progress, but you can see the direction it is taking.  Water meter doors now blend into the background with the newly painted baseboards.  Shopping the house for furniture that fits the new purpose.  Art work — framed black and white photos by Wheels from our travels. 

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It’s about time this place got a makeover!  Has the important things needed for a workout room — clock and tv! Or will it end up a man cave?  Or . . .???

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Kitchen Remodel: Improve Storage Part 3

1Kitchen Remodel  Improve Storage Part 3
1Kitchen Remodel  Improve Storage Part 3

Just a peek into the rest of the cupboards in our new kitchen.  Plus a few more takeaways for you to consider in making over your kitchen! 

2Upright Baking sheet storage

This cupboard is only 15 inches wide, but it is worth its weight in gold.  Cutting boards, cooling racks, pizza pans, trays, jelly roll pans and various sized cookie sheets are stored here.  I can take one out with ease and not have to move more than one or two pieces to do so.  Previously these were all in one pile in the garage storage!  Plus more.  I got rid of six jelly roll pans.  SIX!  I have never made a jelly roll and have no plans to ever make a jelly roll.  I use the pan once or twice a year for big sheet cakes.  I have no idea how I accumulated six!! 

3Small Drawer

This little drawer is the other 30 percent of the drawer space in the kitchen.  It is next the stove and holds essential equipment for grabbing a tool quickly without moving away from the stove.  There might be a few more items that are normally stored here.

4Microwave Dishes

Above them, is the microwave cupboard.  The items stored here are used mainly in the microwave for such things as hot cereal or reheating.  Except someone has to keep his peanut butter stashed here because it “gets lost” in the pantry.  I like him — a lot —  so the peanut butter stays :-)

5Above microwave
Above the microwave, is the cupboard for storing coffee.  The reason behind this storage choice is very simple.  I don’t drink coffee.  I can’t reach anything in the cupboard because I am too short.  Therefore the tall coffee drinkers get to put whatever they want in this cupboard.  You don’t want to know what is in the other half!!!  I don’t want to know. 

6Corner cabinet

There was a blind corner cupboard in this space before.  Total waste of space!  Just look at what can be stored in this easily accessible space!!!!  The herbs used in cooking are here.  I’m working on reducing the number of containers.  When things are stored helter skelter it is easy to buy duplicates because you can’t keep track of what you already have!  The tall jars are gummy vitamins that won’t fit in the medicine cabinet. 

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The beverage cupboard.  The guys are big coffee drinkers, I like tea.  There is quite a variety of drinks that go in and out of this cupboard.  No K- cups because the supply officer (me) forgot.  I’m in the doghouse — but they like to eat so I see forgiveness on the horizon.  The bottom shelf holds exactly a dozen mugs.  We had to reduce the number a lot — let’s just say this is not even half of what used to be in the kitchen!  The top shelf has two dollar store glass mugs that have become a favorite because they are huge! 

Takeaway:

  • Good design will help maximize the storage space and functionality in any kitchen.
  • Adequate storage space will allow you to keep track of what you own so you can use it.
  • Getting rid of duplicates and unused items will simplify your life enormously and reduce the amount of storage space needed.
  • Your kitchen should fit your unique needs!
  • Have a reason for storing things where you do.  Don’t just look for an open spot, think things through.  Store like with like.

  Begin the Kitchen Remodel   Transition Kitchen   3 Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen 

  Kitchen Storage Part 1   Improve Kitchen Storage Part 2    Improve Kitchen Storage Part 3 

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