Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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How to sell your home faster, quicker and easier …

We have noticed an increasing number of customers coming to us with dated and aged, framed art which requires re-framing. During the framing consultations it often transpires that the customer is “doing the place up” as they are putting the property on the market. And just as often, advise and tips are exchanged on some of the helpful strategies to make a property more appealing, more inviting , and hence, quicker to attract bids. and sell. Below we list some of these useful approaches to make your home more appealing and  inviting:  1.Re-frame your dated and so-yesterday picture frames, photo frames and wall frames! Unfortunately, while you most probably sigh and flutter at the sight of your children’s kindergarten or early school photos framed in the old 1” Bird’s Eye Maple and your husband most likely still salivates over his old 1980’s Richmond  premiership ...

 
6 ways of reusing and recycling old photo frames and picture frames

Who hasn’t some old, spare picture frame, poster frame or photo frame tucked away in the garage or spare bedroom?  The answer is, not many of us. According to US statistics,  about 82% of us do just that, keep old house hold accessories and furniture for more than 2 years.  Well then, let’s explore the many, different ways we can recycle or reuse all those picture frames for or towards more good use, with minimal work.  1. Make a Chalkboard.  Take the existing frame and make sure it’s not sprung, rickety or falling apart, then give it a clean with a damp sponge.  Now measure the inside ( not the outside ) at the back of the frame and note down the measurements. Go to your local hardware store, or Bunnings, if you like, to buy the board and hardware.  Get a piece of 8 or ..

 
Of Styles and Trends: The Empty White Walls Minimalist Polemic

This happens even before walking into a new spec, or recently renovated home. You know the feel, you recognize the look and you know what to expect, right? Basically it’s about all, bare, white or pale empty walls, bare floors and sparse furnishings. It’s minimalism at its worst, and ugliest, maybe. Well, it’s definitely the ugliest for picture framers because the average home seems to now feature one quarter of the wall décor it had  twenty years ago. And by definition, this means that they're only doing one quarter of the work they did a generation earlier. Good folks once decorated their  homes to remind them of seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season always had, and still has, its moods and colours, but why is the all-white so popular? Surely it isn’t polar winter all year round? And while this has been .. 

 
Help! My picture's gone all weird, wonky, bubbly and funny! What's happened?

Every now and then we get Customers either bringing framed art similar to the one shown here or ringing in about this predicament. The problem is, in most cases this: the document, photo, print or art has been simply shoved or crammed, unmounted, in a tight picture frame. With the passing of the time and seasons, heat, humidity and other factors, the framed art has ... expanded, or grown larger, in both height and width. In doing so, the art has hit the hard sides of the frame and, not having room to move or anywhere else to go, it has begun to crumple and buckle. Imagine, if you will, a moving car hitting a brick wall. The most immediate and obvious effect is that the car's bumper, hood and bodywork will begin to crumple and crush after impact. And so it is with expanding art inside a ...

 
Let a Thousand Failures Wilt, or how modern society has failed our children

Some time ago we had a teenager come by looking for work. His personality wasn’t that flash but we progressed with the interview on to some basic skills test.  We asked him to count some picture framing moulding sticks, wrapped in 7 packs,  6 sticks per 1 pack. Most people can do this easily in their head, i.e.: 6x7 = 42.  But the lad asked us for a calculator . We asked why he couldn’t work it out by himself and he said that he hadn’t been taught how.  Where had he been taught we inquired, De La Salle Catholic College, he replied. He added that his College didn’t teach arithmetic or maths manually or longhand because everyone had calculators. A while later we had another young man come in to work with us casually, part time,  in the warehouse. He’d been out of work for a while and we kind of felt for him. We realized that he wasn’t the fastest or the brightest employee we ...

 
Ready-Made frames for all the pictures your children create at kindy and school

As picture framers we’ve come across this problem more than once and with lots of customers, mostly mums. It can be a bit of problem because children can be so prolific and custom picture framing is relatively expensive. It’s quite common for the little darlings to come home waving their latest painting and asking you can you please, please, “put it up for them” for them?  So how do you “put up” their art? Most school art is done on white newsprint or white butcher’s paper and nearly always in odd sizes. Further problems sometime arise when children start wanting different frames with little Johnny wanting blue frames and little Jane wanting pink ones. Of course, if you’ve just won the lottery, then you can afford to custom frame everything Johnny and Jane bring home, but this isn’t a realistic option available to most people. So what will you do? What we suggest our ... 

 
Help! I’ve never had anything custom framed before! How does it work?

We agree, if you have not done this before, it can be a little scary.  Maybe you’ve heard stories,  possibly bad ones, on how difficult and expensive it was, and you’re a little wary. But relax, we’re here to help, so let us give you some helpful advice. The first thing to remember is that, almost invariably, you will be working with professional picture framers. Those professionals will have made their mission in life to do the right thing by you, their craft, and your artwork.  A professional picture framer will welcome you into his or her store and ask you how they can best help you. This is where you come in, and all you need to is ask the framer all the picture framing question you can think of or want to know.  Most customers have an idea, at least, of the colour and size of the picture frame they want. If you tell the framer what you would like, he or she will probably discuss, comment ...

 
The new "Transterior" decor trend in picture frames and picture framing

Transterior is quite a recent interior design term.  In a nutshell, it’s that place in the house choose to build and have where the inside and the outside are made to come together. It is meant to connect, and evoke a feeling of transition, between the external nature outdoors and the internal, man-made indoors.  Years ago people called this the “outside room” the ‘sunroom’ even, where that alfresco ambience could be, if not met, at least hinted at.  This space can further define as the border where bricks meet the grass, as a verandah or sliding external door does.  Often it’s just the ‘family room’ because that room tends to lead directly onto to the outside garden or back yard.   In that place, space or room, the décor and picture frames may be designed and styled with earthy, unfinished, natural, organic or handmade furniture, décor and materials.   Many architectural ...

 
How do I frame and hang my stretcher-framed oil painting art?

As the first question, does your painting need a picture frame at all? And no, this isn’t too strange a question to ask  –nowadays. This is because many modern oil paintings, or art on canvas, are painted or printed directly on cheap strainer frames. The strainer frames, a cheaper version of stretcher frames, already have an inner frame made up of strainer bars. The four strainer bars already form the perimeter of the frame which can be used as a support to hang the strainer frame form. A separate picture frame is not always needed and the modern trend is to display the art in the strainer or stretcher frame. Many artists prefer this without-outer-frame technique not only because it’s cheaper but also because it allows the beholders of the art to focus entirely in the art, without... .

 
Someone mentioned picture frames with “stacked mouldings”, what are those?

As the word implies, it means a picture frame made up of  two or more frames ( mouldings) stacked, or put on top of each  As the word implies, it means a picture frame made up of  two or more frames ( mouldings ) stacked, or put on top of each other. Referring to the image of the framed art in this post, you will note that there are two, disparate frames. The external, or outside one is of a light brown, or tan colour, the internal, or inner one, is of a warm cream colour.  The outside frame was built first, the inner one later. The picture framer then fitted the internal frame inside the external one.  Because mouldings ( picture frames ) can fir and sit on top of each other, these are in effect,  stacked.  The stacking of mouldings in picture framing, is usually done to enhance the aesthetic design of  the art being framed. Again with reference to the image herein, it can be seen that ...