Monday, July 30, 2012

My Practically Free DIY Intaglios

First I should mention that I bought these intaglios from PlasterCraft 2++ years ago for $32. The stumbling block was trying to figure out how to frame them inexpensively (which was the original point) considering their thickness requires enough clearance. Then early this summer a neighbor who had sold his home put this frame out for the trash.
What immediately caught my eye was that the deep inset mat - perfect for accommodating an intaglio.
For the background I covered the board with a leftover ice blue Barbara Barry fabric that has a nice sheen and texture to it. To add a bit of depth, I painted the sides of the intaglios black. I prefer the ones I painted with both gold and black but those didn't work as well w/the silver inset of my free frame.

The final frame. I find both these photographs a bit disappointing as I think it looks so much better in person and it's not hung quite as high as it looks above the bar cart.

The bar cart in the room (former dining room which now has the new stairs to the lower level) that connects the living room to the family room and the kitchen off to the right.
I still have about 30 intaglios left - and a plan to convert the 6 blackboards I bought for $9 each into future frames with the traditional matting where just one or two intaglios are featured. Hopefully that won't take another 2+ years!


Nancy said...

Great job! These are very cool! A challenge to frame, but you exceeded the task! Awesome, Michelle.

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Looks great! I have a few projects that stalled for one reason or another and several that sat around and I came up with a better idea. I think sometimes that is a good thing.
Love the vintage piece you used for a bar too.

Henhurst Interiors said...

Nicely done! I love framed intaglios and your look great. (I also like your bar cart.)

Have a good day!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Such clever idea and they look great. Thanks for sharing the how-to.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

You did a beautiful job. I love them! I also love your bar.
Happy Tuesday.

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

that looks GREAT! i wanna see more of that living room in the back of the pic :)

heronkady said...

Thank you for this post!

hong kong property said...

simple but i find it really intriguing=)

Fletcher- High Cotton Style said...

I have been wanting to tackle this project for a while now! Easy and beautiful!


Trash! ...That frame is beautiful and shows off the Intaglios to perfection! Love how you framed them....


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