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Updating Your Framed Art For Home Improvement

Whatever you've got hanging on your walls can be updated without the expense of replacement. Use the suggestions below to update your framed art.

Tip: Never rush headlong into renovations or projects without first creating a plan of action. Developing a plan is a very important part of finishing your project on time and under budget.

Frame replacement and updating is a great way to change the appearance of your wall art. Inexpensive plastic framing presents unique challenges because its surface is not amenable to surface treatments such as repainting. To change the look of art framed in less expensive plastic framing, change the matte around your artwork. Matting is available in a variety of sizes or you can cut new matting yourself.

Tip: When you go to hang new blinds, be certain to measure carefully prior to purchase and installation. If you fail to properly measure, you are not going to be able to install the blinds properly.

You can add multiple colors to the background by replacing mattes with quality background paper in diminishing sizes so that you'll add depth and color to your artwork's surrounding. There are also patterned background sheets you can use to add color to your artwork and distract away from less expensive plastic framing.

Tip: Establish a payment program with your contractor that is based on how much work has been done, not the date on a calendar. You will be able to end the contract if you are not satisfied with the quality of the work instead of finding yourself at the mercy of a contractor who wants more money to finish the job.

If you're trying to make your artwork appear more casual, choosing to put your artwork on top of your background covering paper is a way of making your artwork appear more casual rather than having the formality of matting that frames your artwork. You can also tone down the formality of older, heavier frames by repainting them in a lighter color.

Tip: Prior to beginning a major improvement, you should meet with your neighbors and tell them your project schedule. Having a neighbor doing construction can be quite irritating.

Buying a frame set in various sizes can create clean lines and an organized appearance for a collection of family photographs that you choose to display on a wall or atop a piece of furniture. Choose simple patterns and textures that have a variety of sizes to complete the modern look.

Tip: A great way to improve a home's exterior is to plant bright flowers. Select ones that are season appropriate.

If your pictures are fading, move them and replace the covering in the frame with UV protective glass to prevent further fading. Sometimes faded pictures are more easily replaced than repaired.

Tip: New furniture is expensive. You don't have to buy brand new furniture to have new furniture.

Your artwork doesn't have to match your furniture, but it shouldn't clash with your furniture. If you've replaced your sofa but not your artwork, determine whether you should switch the artwork you have in the room with your new sofa with something that matches better than your old artwork or whether you can make the artwork and sofa elements better match by changing the color of your frames or matting.

Unframed artwork frequently creates the look of a college dorm so that you should choose to frame favorite artwork even if it's an inexpensive poster.

Tip: Roofs can get little leaks in them at any time, so using some 3 inch aluminum tape can help you to patch them up quickly and very effectively. Remove the backing, and apply the tape to a surface that is clean.

Shopping at garage sales is a great way to find new frames. Price out frames in stores and consider whether a garage sale item that is selling a framed picture is worthwhile for you to purchase even if you're planning to toss the artwork and use the frame.

Tip: Sort out a way to rid yourself of any debris. Home improvement adventures, especially those requiring any kind of demolition, create debris that will only get in your way if you don't decide what you're going to do with it, prior to starting your project.

Plain wooden framing is inexpensive and offers you the possibility of decorating it anyway you want to. If you choose narrower wood framing rather than elaborate and ornate frames you'll add a modern look to your older paintings.

Updating what you display on your walls can be an easy home improvement that will change the look and feel of your surroundings. Use the suggestions above for modifying your artwork's framing in order to achieve the look you want for your home.

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