A little while back, I constructed this ledge on a whim. I'm proud to say that it hasn't yet fallen to pieces, despite the fact that my husband eyes it cautiously every time he passes by it. Just for kicks I added a last reinforcing nail yesterday, and I'm pretty sure it's good. I also happened to finally fill the last frame that I had set aside to use on it. I've had some struggles with my framing, though. I bought a bunch of cheap frames hoping to have mattes made with different sized openings to fill the hallway, like this inspiration clipping I smuggled out of a magazine at the doctor's office.
But, this wasn't going well. The mattes were more expensive than I expected, I couldn't get the color right (I mean, how hard is off-white? Actually, harder than you think!), and then I wasn't even sure what size opening to use with what size frame. I tried to get advice from the framer, but the guy just kept smiling and saying, 'We can cut 'em any size you like.' Helpful.
Despite the fact that I was preparing to order a print and give the matting another go, I came across some inspiration while
but I worry about the limitations, no switching out prints when you feel the itch...and then it hit me! Do it in a frame! A little double sided tape, a few 4x6 prints, (this is a 12x16 in frame) and a few minutes later I was done. Ah.
I was pretty happy with the end result, especially because I know it is easy enough to change around or replace. I can always have a matte made down the road. For now, I'll just walk down the hall with a smile, hoping and praying none of my children try to hang off my ledge.