Yo Mama!

2014-03-24T01:53:45+00:00May 12th, 2013|DIY Decor|0 Comments

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Yo Mama’s! Happy Mother’s Day! Here’s a surprise I whipped up for my buddy Rachel.

If you haven’t seen the massive blank walls in my great room, they’re very easy to imagine: 20ft walls with NOTHING on them. I wanted to do a 6 or 8 modern photo frame series featuring varying scales and poses. So last month Maddy and I had a little photo-shoot!

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After deciding to have the images be 5″x7″, I jumped into Photoshop to touch-up (let’s remove the dog hair from her mouth…), re-size and colorize. You can get two 5″x7″s on one 8″x10″. Math told me so.

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I narrowed the 20-some images down to 6, trying to vary the poses and scale (as I mentioned before).

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I grabbed my self-healing OFLA (magic?) mat, metal ruler and X-acto knife and then got to cutting.

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Next I messed around with the order of the images to try and take advantage of the differences in scale, position and focus.

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I was going to make the frames myself, but we got a flat tire in the Babies ‘R Us parking lot yesterday. So, I popped into Walmart after my workout with my fingers crossed(the non-flaccid fingers, thank you.) While they were out of the white 5″x7″ frames, they had six white 8″x10″ with a matted 5″x7″ opening. It’s not what I had envisioned, but it’ll work!

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Throw in tulips (Rachel’s favorite), Dirty Dancing on Blu-Ray, a card with love-squirrels on it and I’ve got a nice little Mother’s Day surprise!

Later today I’m going to put the frames up in the great room, check back later!


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Since there weren’t any studs where I needed them to be, I used basic wall anchors to secure the frames to the wall. Pre-drill, lightly tap in the achors with a hammer and use a screw driver to twist in the screw and activate the anchor. ANCHOR ACTIVATED!

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I mostly eyed them up, which never really does me wrong…until it does. I used a 4ft level in some spots to double check my anchor spots were correct.

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I’ve been holding onto this mantle shelf that the previous homeowners left us. I’ve got the perfect spot…

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If you look below the frames, you’ll see the pencil marks where I want the top of the mantle to be. I used the 4″ level to get it…level.

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Using one of those cheap stud-finders, I secured the brackets to the wall and slide the mantle on. There’s a little ding on the front of the shelf from when I didn’t have it secured (but thought I did) and the piece came crashing to the floor. “What was that Rick?” “…Oh, nothing…” WOOPS!

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And there it is! Now to find some knick-knacks for the shelf…

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