We’ve been living here for over 6 months and we’re just now hanging stuff up on the walls. Ugh… I know. We’re ridiculous. But this was a combining of two people’s particular styles. This couldn’t be rushed. And speaking of combining style and taste, we did a little project recently which exemplifies just that.
To say we go to a lot of shows would be a grave understatement. I think in the 15 months we’ve been together, we’ve approached the 40 mark. To put that in perspective for my concert-loving friends, before I started dating Steven, I’d gone to maybe 5 shows in my entire life. We certainly started the trend off early with a VACO show I think on our 2nd or 3rd date. And no… I’d never heard of them. I thought when he was asking about the Virginia Coalition we were going to be having a political conversation.
VACO @ the 8×10 (Sept 2011)
Anyone that goes to a lot of these shows knows there are some pretty awesome posters being sold – either by the band themselves or other fans. We’ve stock-piled about 10 or so over the past year and they’ve been sitting in a corner of our bedroom still rolled up and starting to get bent. In college, we probably would have just stuck them up on the wall with some double-sided poster tape. They certainly aren’t the kind of thing you put in a frilly frame, but we also wanted a little more of an upgrade than just taped up on the wall. We’re trying to be adults after all. Kind of the theme here with this blog, eh?
A while back I pinned this great tutorial for basic frame building by Young House Love. It looked simple enough and I had everything I needed to make them. So we pulled out one of our favorite posters from the Lotus show we went to on his birthday, measured the height and width, did a little math to figure out the long sides of the frame pieces (basically for a 22″ side, we made the long side of that piece of the frame 23″ to give a 1/2″ edge all around), and got to work building our own poster frames.
It’s stupid easy so I won’t drag this post on describing it. We used some scrap 1×2 pine boards we had from the kitchen island project. We cut two pieces for the top and bottom and two pieces for the sides, making sure to cut the edges at 45 degree angles, glued the corners, and secured with staples on the back side. Then when it was set, we used a little wood filler in the corners where needed, sanded, and stained.
We chose Rustoleum stain in Kona since the Mister wanted something pretty dark. Voila. OK that seemed like a lot of steps, but really it’s fast and easy. And I love projects like that. Click the YHL link above for the tutorial if you need a visual of the process.
So … how’d we hang it? We didn’t do anything fancy. No clasps. No glass. In fact we just taped the poster to the back of the frame and hung it up on the wall using 3M hangers. Make sure to position the hanger so that it’s sticking to just frame. You don’t want it to rip your poster whenever you have to move it.
We love the color it adds to the room. The whole point of painting the walls grey was to be a neutral background for all of these posters, so it was great to finally see it all come together.