How-To: Cheap Kitchen Art

Apparently I completed this project a loooong time ago and then never wrote a post on it, so here goes! Back in our old house I wanted some artwork for the kitchen. There was a cookbook I owned called The Fireside Cookbook that’s illustrated by Alice and Martin Provensen and I wanted a few of the illustrations displayed somewhere. My copy was all written in, pages torn and in severe condition so I had to work some Photoshop magic but ended up with four good scans that I printed out on a laser printer. Then I found a few frames I liked at a flea market for $4 and painted them.

Frame Supplies

Apparently I took these photos while half asleep? Sorry for the quality.

Here’s all you need for this project. Frames, prints, Mod Podge, a brush to apply the Mod Podge, and something to cut the frames out with.

Frames Process 1First I cut out my prints and made sure they fit into the frames. There was no glass in these cheap little guys so I just dropped them in. And thank goodness because my crop marks were clearly off and I had to trim all of them!

Frames Process 2Then slather the frames with an even coat of Mod Podge. Next, press the print into position.

Frames Process 3Let the bottom layer dry, then go over the top of the prints with another even coat of Mod Podge. You can see here even though I tried to smooth everything out there are still a few streaks. The Mod Podge did settle into a little more even coat but the streaks are still there. I’m ok with it.

Frames FinalOnce all is said and done, the project took only about an hour. And I have four cute vintage prints to hang up in the kitchen!

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