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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Color My World Challenge - Fabric

I'm back today with the fabric challenge.
I kind of cheated.  I didn't sew anything, upholster anything, no-sew anything, hot glue anything - nope I didn't use fabric in any of the traditional ways.  Like I said, I sort of kind of cheated.  I did use some grey fabric though.

My boy came home last week with these in his school folder.


He made them in art class, and I fell madly in love with them.

So off to the fabric store I went to look for some complimenting fabric at an affordable price.  I found a scrap in the back of the store, and it just so happened to be the right color for this challenge - grey!


I used it to wrap the mat in the frame (Target).



I added some brass thumb tacks around the opening. 


Then I borrowed an idea from my girl Courtney and added a gold detail to the frames with a little rub 'n buff. 


Courtney's method calls for spray painting painter's tape, but the weather wasn't great for spray painting.  I tried using the rub 'n buff on the tape but it wasn't working too well; so instead I taped off the sections I wanted to be gold and just rubbed directly on to the frames.  It didn't take long at all, and I really like the tarnished brass look I ended up with in the end.  Sometimes you gotta just roll with the punches in a middle of a diy project ya know?! 

All in all, a blank boring spot at the top of my staircase went from this......


to this. 


It makes my son so proud to see his artwork framed for everyone to see, and I LOVE having original pieces in my home.  ;)  





This challenge really helped me to get quite a bit accomplished in my entry foyer, and I'm really grateful for the motivation!  To see the other ways I challenged myself to add some grey in my entry foyer check here and here.  

Be sure to check out how all the other bloggers in the Color My World Challenge used their color in fabric!

Carmel - Our 5th House
Shelley - Crazy Wonderful
Tiffany - Living Savvy
Vashti & Jamie - Like me Some...


 Oh and don't forget about the link party next week!  Challenge yourself to try a new color in your home!




*Linking up Savvy Southern Style, Home Stories A to Z, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

39 comments:

  1. Awww, I bet your son is so proud! These give the perfect punch at the top of your staircase. Love it!

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  2. Gorgeous! Come decorate my house!

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  3. Carmel, look at you go, girl. Those look terrific. So chic!

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  4. um really? i don't think you cheated at all. i think these are genius! i love the nailhead, love the gold corners, love the fabric! and of course, love the art!

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  5. They look awesome. So funny, I was doing this same project yesterday. Wrapping mats with fabric and rub n buffing the corners. Great minds think a like right!

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  6. BRILLIANT!!! His art work is just the coolest, and what you did with the mats and frames - flipping awesome! Love how the gold corners look grouped like that. LOVE IT!

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  7. These are just perfect! I love the "brass" corners and the nail head, but even better they are from you son! I want to be you when I grow up! xo

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  8. They are gorgeous Carmel! I love how you use your kids' artwork all over your house and really elevate them with the way they're displayed. It makes your home so meaningful and stylish all at once. The nailhead trim and painted corners look fabulous and the grouping is perfection at the top of your stairs!

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  9. Love the art! Way to think outside the box! I've been so curious about rub n buff so this answers some of my questions about what all it works on. Looks great!

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  10. Love, love, love them!! I bet he just beams to see his art up there, and your creative framing ideas and symmetrical arrangement takes it over the top!

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  11. You are so creative. And the other great thing is that your little boy is getting such positive feedback about his art work.

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  12. What a great and super-simple project! Great idea!

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  13. INCREDIBLE! How can any piece of art beat one done by your own child! Love the frames with the gold and that color red is to die for! Do you mind me asking what color it is? I am in love with it! Such a creative idea-love it!

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  14. That's awesome! Totally not cheating and they look so high end!!! Great job!

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  15. I love the little corner and nail details, those are my favorite! I actually just bought some gold thumbtacks, I had not thought to use them in frames.

    Your son is quite the artist, really those are so interesting. They look great all together.

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  16. This is why I keep coming back to 5th House, because you keep knockin' my socks off! LOVE, love, love how that turned out! I've been trying to decide what to put over the bed in our bedroom and you might have just helped me out with that decision(c:

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  17. I love these! It's so great that you can have something your son made displayed where you can see if every day, and you did an amazing job on the frames and details... so great!

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  18. I absolutely love this idea! How creative!

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  19. Those frames are the BOMB diggity! LOVE them! And I know you're proud of your little artist!

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  20. What a cool way to hang up your son's art work! It looks so cool! Way to use the gray!

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  21. That looks fabulous--I love the corners and the nailheads! What a great way to get your kids' artwork into a space.

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  22. I love it! And your son must feel so proud to have his work displayed so beautifully.

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  23. LOVE these! It means so much more to have the kid's stuff hanging in your home rather than anything store bought. You made them look adult chic. ;)

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  24. Wow!! What a gorgeous idea! Your son's artwork looks absolutely amazing in those frames. Well done, Carmel!

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  25. It looks amazing and I love that you used your sons artwork - that makes it even that much more meaningful! Absolutely love how you framed them with the gray mats, nail heads and brass corners. You rocked this challenge!

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  26. Um, hello, awesomeness! I love that! How cool that you have one of a kind art work made by your son in some awesome one of a kind frames. Sheer genius!

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  27. Another GRAND SLAM! You hit it out of the park yet again! I'm having a love affair with Rub n' Buff right now, too so this frame look will be on my "to do" list. Still, the best part is using your child's art work.

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  28. Okay this is just too perfect! How awesome to feature your sons art in such a bold way! He must be so proud!

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  29. Shut. Up. You are incredible....so glad I came by to see these. The gold corners are brilliant!

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  30. I am SO impressed with you! I just cut my own photo mat for the first time, and let's just say results were not perfect (ha!) so I thought about covering them in fabric and concluded that it was outside my skill set. :) But here you are, with these amazing frames! The gold detail takes them over the top!

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  31. What a great project to feature your son's art! Thanks for making Rub 'n Buff part of the project. I'd like to post this on our Facebook page if that's ok.

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  32. Love the corners on your frames. Think the buff rub looks old and tarnished. Spray paint might have been too perfect.

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  33. This looks awesome!! Totally loving your after. I am so doing this gold corner look.

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  34. I love this idea! I love it even more that you. Just created the gold detail, very inspiring! Have a fabulous day!

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  35. you are a creative genius. soo coool!!!!!!!!

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  36. hi there, these are great. what color rub n buff did you use please? thanks!

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