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Beachfront View

December 12, 2011
by thenestinggame

After staring at the big, blank wall in the living room for two years, I decided something had to be done about it. I literally thought I might go crazy and throw up whatever I had on hand. Old Jason Priestley posters. Credit card offers. My bathrobe.

After hanging a few pieces virtually, we pretty much landed on wanting a beach scene. The Massimo Vitali look we love, but cannot afford. So, I did the next best thing—find a beach photo and blow it up. I knew the pink and blue of the sand and ocean would go well with the color scheme in there. The print we had was about 60″ long by 48″ tall. HUUUGE.

And then I had to frame it.

I looked into mounting it on foam core (too dorm room), on Masonite (eh), actual framing (kerching!), DIY frames (debatable quality, plus still had to round up a giant piece of acrylic), Acrylic/Mounted Frames (became as pricey as actually framing it).

So we stepped back and took a good, long look at the print. Because it’s so blown-up, it’s very pixelated. Looks ok in this photo, and to a certain extent, from a distance. But let’s not fool ourselves. It’s no Massimo Vitali. So, spending a few hundred bucks to frame it? Not really feeling it

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But I didn’t want it to go to waste. And since we really didn’t have anything else to fill the space—and I was DYING to get SOMETHING up there—I made a run to IKEA for some trusty RIBBA frames.

I placed the glass on the print and found two sections that I really liked.

Hubba hubba.

I preferred the softer blue of the bottom portion of the ocean, as opposed the the vibrant turquoise at the top. And since I wanted these prints to be on the same plane, I aligned the base of my glass with the bottom of the photo. I also played around with the mat that comes with the frame, but ultimately thought they looked cleaner and more modern without it.

I like them a lot as a duo, but that wall space is notoriously B-I-G, so I needed something else large to take up some more space.

Enter this mirror I found at Goodwill over the summer.

It was looking quite law firm-y, so I brightened it up with some high gloss white paint.

To refresh your memory, here is the empty wall.

Due to the size of the pieces, the ol’ gallery wall trick wasn’t going to work, so I hung paper mock-ups to get a sense of placement. This part of the project happened at night, so forgive the dusky pink photo.

And after hanging them all by myself—total mistake as that mirror is HEAVY and I might have died, but didn’t so no big deal—here’s how it looks now. (Sorry for the glare—hard to shoot with a wall of windows on the other side.)

Close up.

And with the re-matted Golden Girls art in the background.

Feeling a little better, right?

Aside from the fact that the room is the wrong color. And everything in the room is the same height. And the rug might be problematic.

But we’ll get there.

So are you a patient decorator—waiting until you find the PERFECT piece? Or do you just try something out and figure you can always change it later?

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. December 12, 2011 10:39 am

    Both. I used to be all “try something out” but I’ve realized I waste money doing that too much. I’m learning to wait, and am usually much happier for having done so. Works for all kinds of things: wall art, shoes, chairs, and even husbands.

    Really like the new art with your Golden Girls piece. They tie together nicely.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 12, 2011 11:54 am

      Thank you! I’m usually in the “wait to get it right” camp, but I couldn’t take the blank walls anymore. Even if this doesn’t stay, all I spent was $40 for the frames (had the mirror and paint and art on hand), and I will likely reuse them elsewhere in the house.

      Glad you like the album!

      • December 12, 2011 2:30 pm

        Well, I’m sure not perfect in the waiting game. (You can click to today’s post to see what happened when I didn’t last week.) And I didn’t get the album–I just put She & Him into Pandora, and She & Him (Holiday) came up. Great music all day!

  2. Lori Brennan permalink
    February 29, 2012 5:11 pm

    Where did you get your picture blown up at? Thanks!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 1, 2012 7:23 pm

      I printed it out at my office (we have a large format printer), but I know FedEx Kinko’s can also do it. Good luck!

  3. Emily permalink
    July 27, 2012 4:28 pm

    Found your blog while searching for this print from Nate’s show. Where did you find the print?

  4. holly permalink
    July 30, 2012 2:02 pm

    yes where did you find find the print? this looks great :)

  5. alex permalink
    April 7, 2014 1:48 pm

    Hi, love what you’ve done with the beach print, but i was wondering where you found the stock photo?

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      April 10, 2014 3:46 pm

      It was on Getty Images. And, thanks!

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