Wall Art Hacks

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    Faux Floating Frame

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    DIY Floating Frame. AKA Design

    There are hundreds of ways to fill your walls. Almost anything can be art, from plates to hats to musical instruments, to well...actual art. You can also make your own art with a little artistic ability--or none at all thanks to widely-available printables or apps such as Waterlogue. But what do you do if you have a piece of art you love, but it doesn't quite fit your space? Or maybe you have one that's the right size, but the wrong style. Here are 14 art hacks that will help you turn...MORE art that's not-quite-right into the perfect piece for your home.

    Faux Floating Frame

    Sometimes even substantially-sized art still needs a boost. Avoid the investment of custom-framing--which can be very expensive--and try this idea instead. "Float" a large empty frame around a piece of framed art to enlarge its footprint on the wall. Choose the same finish for both frames for a more cohesive look.

    Project Source for Faux Floating Frame: AKA Design

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    Enlarge the Frame

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    Two Frames Glued Together. Lovely Little Snippets

    Gluing two frames together is a clever solution to the common problem of too-small art. Nesting one frame inside another results in a chunkier, more expensive-looking piece that gives more presence to a favorite photograph or small painting. 

    Project Source for Gluing Two Frames Together: Lovely Little Snippets

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    Enlarge the Photo Mat

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    Enlarge Photo Mat with Fabric. Maggie May's

    Sometimes it's not the frame that's the wrong size, it's the picture mat. Adding decorative paper or fabric--such as burlap--behind a photo mat then centering your art or photograph on top allows you to frame items or objects that don't quite fit to the edges of the mat. This is a common problem with European frames (i.e. Ikea) that come in non-standard sizes. Another solution is to edge the photo mat with coordinating washi tape to extend the size of it a smidge.

    Project Source...MORE for How to Enlarge a Photo Mat: Maggie May's

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    Paint by Number Art Hack

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    DIY Paint by Number Wall Art. Under the Sycamore

    These next several ideas demonstrate how easy it is to update or personalize thrift store art. You may be inclined to pass over framed art at thrift stores, yard sales, or even your own basement because it lacks style, isn't your taste, or is super-outdated. These ideas, however, may help you see the possibilities in cast-off canvases.

    For example, by painting over an old-fashioned still-life, a trendy paint-by-number effect takes shape. This technique allows you to customize the colors in a...MORE piece of art to suit your tastes, and it gives a more modern look to the painting overall. Best of all, you don't need any artistic ability to pull this off.

    Project Source for DIY Paint by Number: Under the Sycamore

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    Add Some Sparkle to Boring Art

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    Put Gold Leaf on Outdated Art. LiveLoveDIY

    This project is similar to the paint-by-number art hack in the previous slide, but it gets a little more bling thanks to metallic gold paint. You could also add gold leaf to give a glamorous touch to an old landscape or even a black and white photograph.

    Project Source for Adding Metallic Paint to Outdated Art: LiveLoveDIY 

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    Thrift Store Silhouette Hack

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    Thrift Store Silhouette Wall Art. via Apartment Therapy

    This vintage painting becomes a personalized conversation piece when the moody florals peek through a silhouette frame that is painted right on top. This simple facelift turns outdated, ultra-traditional art into an accent with boho-chic style.

    Project Source for Thrift Store Silhouette: Apartment Therapy

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    Put a Pattern On It

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    Painted Pattern on Thrift Store Painting. Middle Class White Girl

    To modernize a dated painting, try taping off and painting a geometric pattern right on top of it. Crisp white lines like this, for instance, give new life to old-fashioned framed art but still leverages the colors of the original piece.

    Project Source for Painted Pattern on Thrift Store Painting: Middle Class White Girl

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    Add Words to the Canvas

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    Art with Stenciled Words. Young House Love

    Another way to put a personal stamp on a lackluster painting is to add a quotation or phrase to it. Stencil the words right on top of the painting using paint, as seen here, or use vinyl letters that you peel off after painting the entire canvas to reveal the original artwork underneath.

    Project Source for Adding Words to Art: Young House Love

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    Re-Imagine a Thrift Store Painting

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    Thrift Store Painting Revamp. via Country Living

    Finally, completely re-imagine the Bob Ross-like scene of a thrift store or garage sale painting by adding in whimsical elements of your own. This old-school landscape gets a little more interesting with the addition of a tree house, a canoe, and strands of bunting strung through the treetops. In this case, thinking "outside the frame" turns what might be considered a tacky painting into a one-of-a-kind, playful piece for your home.

    Project Source for Re-Imagined Thrift Store Painting: Cou...MOREntry Living 

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    Paint the Frame

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    Painted Picture Frame. Dans Le Lakehouse

    The next few ideas demonstrate how changing the elements surrounding a painting can give it an entirely new look. 

    The power of paint never fails to transform even the most mundane of objects. This outdated frame, for instance, looks completely different after it receives a coat of glossy white paint. This newly-painted frame does a much better job of elevating the seascape it surrounds. The next time you come across artwork that looks outdated, imagine it with a different frame. That may be all...MORE the art needs to bring it back to life.

    Project Source for Painted Picture Frame: Dans Le Lakehouse

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    Add Hardware to the Frame

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    Picture Frame with Hardware Corners. Lonny

    Give an inexpensive frame a facelift with the addition of corner brackets from the hardware store. This simple touch adds modern, industrial style to your art, giving it a classier look.

    Project Source for Adding Hardware to Picture Frame Corners: Lonny

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    Add 60s Style to a Frame

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    60s Style Painted Frames. Poppytalk

    Sometimes the style of a frame can cheapen or conflict with the art or photograph it surrounds. Elevating basic frames to match the taste-level of what's in them helps give a gallery wall or collection of art a more cohesive look. These fashion photographs from the '60s now have mod frames that complement them thanks to the addition of paint in the classic colors of the decade.

    Project Source for Adding 60s Style to Picture Frames: Poppytalk

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    Add Texture to the Frame

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    Rope Added to Picture Frames. Hymns and Verses

    Similarly, these dollar store frames complement a collection of vacation photographs so much better thanks to a coat of paint and the addition of rope to give it coastal texture.

    Project Source for Rope Picture Frames: Hymns and Verses 

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    Paint the Mat

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    Painted Picture Mats. The Sweetest Digs

    Finally, just as paint can update a frame to complement the art, it also works on picture mats. Painting basic white mats a fun, fresh color really makes art prints pop.

     Project Source for Painted Picture Mats: The Sweetest Digs