Do you remember my old, iron window frame from last weekend?
And my plans to turn it into a photo frame? Well, I finally have some photos for you (and thank you for all your helpful comments/messages on the plan - this wasn't something in my comfort zone so I really appreciated them).
My scruffy old piece of board scrubbed up OK. I painted it a charcoal colour, tried out several arrangements of photos before deciding on black and white throughout, and then drilled a hole in each corner and screwed it into the wall.
|They were a little fiddly to use but not too bad, I think they come in larger sizes which might have been easier.|
I bought some chain which I attached to the frame and then hung the window frame so it dangled in the right place over the photo board. I used quite a heavy duty screw but, since the frame is so heavy, my safety inspector (Harry!) suggested that we could also do with a couple of huge screws sticking out and supporting it from underneath. This also helped to keep the frame flush against the board, rather than hanging forwards a bit at the top. Here it is:
|Hard to see the window frame really clearly in a photo, it does show up better in person. I did think about painting it, but I really like the old iron look. Perhaps I should have made the charcoal background a bit lighter?|
Unfortunately, the huge screws at the bottom did have a slightly bad effect on the plaster on the wall! Especially as it was quite difficult to get them into exactly the right position, so we did end up with a couple more holes than we actually wanted! You might see what I mean better in this photo...
|In our defence, it really wasn't the easiest wall to drill into, it was the old exterior wall of the barn and is solid stone underneath the plaster.|
Nothing that a bit of polyfiller and paint can't put right! Unfortunately I didn't have any filler to hand, so I slapped a bit of paint on as a short term improvement until I get some filler.
And I don't suppose I can really finish this off without giving you a close up of some of the old photos for some 'ahhh' moments. Here's my Dad, all small and cute:
A lovely, but slightly stained photo, from my Mum and Dad's wedding. They've been married 55 years, pretty impressive!
Here is a very sweet, romantic photo from their honeymoon:
And just to round off the 'ahhh' moments, here's me!
Looking more similar to Maria than we'd previously appreciated. I think the frame and whole arrangement is one that's likely to change around as the mood hits us over time. It might change quite drastically, I think it could look lovely really bright and colourful. But that adaptability is one of the good things about it. And for now I think we're all happy with it as it is.
It's half term this week, we have visitors expected, sleepovers and outings planned, and a weekend away coming up, so I might be a bit hit and miss on the posting front this week. I'll just see how it goes. Hope you have a wonderful week where you are too.