Early on during one of our initial Prairie Hive meetings, someone tossed out the phrase “design sting” during a slew of bee, hive and honey puns as we tried to come up with a tagline for the magazine. Despite the initial giggles, it stuck with us all – and has become a catch phrase for any quick, low budget revamp project that any of us happens to be doing in our own homes.
As we debated the best way to close out each issue, the phrase popped up again as I mentioned my current state of entryway angst, and we decided a quick before and after could be a nice extra to wrap up the mag.
I had been debating the cabinet paint and mirror changes for ages, so a deadline was a great way to force me to decide. For several months I had also been looking at hundreds of wedding and family photos, stuck on how to display some of my favorites.
The entry wall seemed like a great spot, kind of a “hi, we live here” statement – with the bonus that we pass through that area frequently so can smile a bit at the bright colors and memories.
I wanted to display quite a few photos, so decided to forgo the mats to save space and cost on larger frames. The clean white frames are the simplest 8×10 basics around, found at Ziegler Art and Frame. The wonderful people there also helped me with my idea to swap the standard glass out for gallery glass, both to protect the photos and eliminate glare from all the windows in the area. It added to the cost, but is worth it in my space.
How to connect and hang the frames provided a bit of a dilemma, as I wanted them to be completely flush. I also wanted to keep the option open to change out photos or reconfigure them later. After a little trial and error, we ended up using duct tape. That’s right, duct tape. Heavy duty, contractor strength…at each side of the frame, plus top and bottom. Saw tooth hangers at top and midway, and that’s about it! I absolutely love this non-traditional grid display of some of my favorite moments and photos!