Giggles and Glue Guns

Framed: Empty Frames As Art

By now you know that I’m a thrifting dumpster-diver who apparently has an obsession with empty frames (as exhibited in this video). No, I do not lead an empty existence in search of something or someone of which to fill my frames…I’m just superficial, I like the way they look!

The above photo shows my work-in-progress living room, complete with a large empty frame on the free-form-striped feature wall. I say work-in-progress because I’m constantly doing new, random things in my spaces and that f-ugly coffee table (another side-of-the-road-find) needs to be painted STAT! I also am in the midst of painting an area rug…more on that later. Enough! The point of this post is to show you options on how to hang and use empty frames in your personal spaces.

  • Empty frames create architectural interest on any wall.
  • By hanging clusters of them, you create a focal point that has an airy feel.
  • They work in a variety of interior design styles. Pick sleek, simple frames for modern spaces and ornate/antique ones for more traditional or bohemian design schemes.
  • A great option is to paint a wall in a fantastic color and then paint a group of frames in a contrasting color. The colors will play off each other and give a look that is much more purposeful and “designed”.
  • Empty frames are really easy to find and buy cheap at flea markets, thrift stores and bargain/discount stores.
  • No need to for expensive art!
  • Empty frames are light-weight and can usually hang with one tiny nail – a great option for brittle plaster walls, above a bed, etc.
  • Remember to plot out your cluster grouping on the floor first to avoid poking too many holes and driving yourself bananas.

This particular giant gold frame we found in two pieces on the side of the road – but nothing that a little wood glue couldn’t fix! It frames the gold and teal stripes which I free-hand painted one Sunday afternoon in a fit of circus-freak madness.

Good luck with your empty frame projects! Let me know if you have any questions!

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