Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Restoration Inspiration ~ Vintage Photos

I love when I receive a Restoration Hardware Catalog in the mail! When the newest issue arrived,  I set it aside. I didn't even open the cover or peek inside.. Instead, I waited till evening when I would have some uninterrupted time.. I grabbed a cup of tea and sat down next to the roaring fire.  Ahhh....


While I was flipping thru the catalog (drooling)... 
I happened upon Page 59...

Go get your catalog!!
 I'll wait...

Just kidding, 
here's page 59...


Look at this amazing wall of photos...
Vintage Team Sports photos!! 
What a statement!


Just gorgeous....

and I'm totally drooling!!

Until... 
I see the prices...


Ummmm hello???

Are you kidding me? 
Did everything seem to get more expensive at that store?

Hey, Restoration Hardware...
 did you miss the Recession Memo??

At $195 per photo.... 
not happening at my house!

Is it weird to buy photos of people you don't know? I'm not sure about this... I'm not opposed to it but I have to wonder if it would bug me to have these unknown faces on my wall... (will you let me know your thoughts on this?)

Just then, I remembered something!! Years and years ago, I was admiring a handful of sports photos in my Grandmother's home. My Grandfather played soccer and basketball when he was a young man.  

I had borrowed the originals and scanned them onto our computer. We didn't have a fancy scanner, just a HP (All in One) printer... I searched my iPhoto Library on my Mac and found them! 


Now we're talking!! I know these people... 
well, at least I know one of them.  
Photos of MY GRANDFATHER!!! 

I was trying to decide how I wanted to display these...

Big? Small? 

Black and White 

or Sepia?

Black frames??

 I could go to an Art Supply Store, like Michaels, and use a 40% coupon for a couple of black frames!

I love the look of the antique photos in the Restoration catalog
 but black frames seemed a bit too heavy for my interior. 

What to do.....

Then I thought, how about some vintage chippy frames?

 How about shopping in my own garage?? 
Let's go look.....


Lots of frames here waiting for a project (or garage sale)... 

I decided I needed to make something work...
How could I go buy a couple of frames when I had this stash??

Here's what I selected from my garage...



I know what your thinking.....

UGLY!

Yes, they are ugly!! 
In fact, they are so ugly that nobody bought them at my last TWO garage sales!!

So why did I choose to use these frames? 
You're dying to know, right???

The paint on the frames is actually a great color for my home... so they had that going for them. 
Each picture also had a mat that had plenty of patina and foxing...

I liked that they were vintage...
  showed wear and tear and were chippy... 
they were a matching pair...
and
 I already owned them = FREE !!

I measured the inside the mat to determine the size of the enlargement I would need.



Perfect for a 11 x 14 inch enlargement... another PLUS!

I uploaded my photos to Costco Photo Center.
 I choose the "lustre" finish which has less shine...

An hour later, I ran into Costco to pick up my photos....

Three 11 x 14" enlargements cost me less than $9.00 !!
Unfortunately, I also ending up buying $200 in groceries...

I hate that!


Time to get to work!

I gathered my supplies...
I pulled together a needle nose pliers, ruler, hammer and acid free tape.


Remove the dust jacket on the frame to expose the nails....


Take your needle nose pliers and carefully remove the nails...



Save the nails to reuse....


Save your art work for another project or gift it to a friend...


Remove mat...


Clean your glass!


Position your photo under the mat and center...


Add acid free tape to secure...


Place nails back into the original holes and tap gently with a hammer to secure...


Here is the first one I finished....


Here's a closeup of my favorite details from both photos...


August 1931...
Labeled "Football"... 
but now known as Soccer!


Above, you can see that the original photo was torn. I did not try to "correct" this feature...


The following year, they were Runners Up...


I collect old trophies, so I appreciate seeing one pictured here.. 
How I wish I owned the actual trophy my  Grandfather won!!


Here are my two finished pictures!
Did you notice my antique trophies in the hutch??


The color of these frames blends in so nicely with my current decor...
The pictures on the wall have frames in the same tones....


Not sure yet which wall they will grace....


But I know I will treasure them 
FOREVER!!!


Time spent on this project = 2 hours
Total cost of materials = $9.00
Having photos of your own Grandfather = PRICELESS!!!

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67 comments:

Sue said...

GENIUS!!! I love this idea...we are about to move to a new house and I know I have photos of family teams around the old house that I could do something similar with...thanks for the inspiration!!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

i agree with sue 100% - pure genius.

when i look at restoration hardware i get goosebumps cause some of their stuff is so beautiful... but those goosebumps quickly fade when i see the price. yikes!

what a great take on their look! and i love your price tag!!

thanks!

Stephanie said...

Just discovered your blog - love it! Great idea and the price is right! I was sure jealous of that stockpile of frames you have in your garage. Check out my most recent post on frames.

Antiques & Uniques said...

Great idea, love your old photos! Don't we all like to "connect" with our past? Thanks for showing exactly how to do this, I appreciate that. Come see me at
http://antiquesanduniques.blogspot.com
Carol in GA

Happy New Year!

KATHY said...

The photos look fabulous!! I love what you did with your old frames.

Kathy

Angela said...

Wonderful! I like the lighter look also.

Pattie said...

I guess you showed THEM! Those are great! Love 'em. Thanks for sharing. 8>)
Pattie @ On Hollyhock Farm

Auntie Bliss said...

I have ALWAYS loved and admired the old sports photos...many times in restaurants. Also I've seen the HIGH prices of them! You are so lucky to have these and those stripes are killin' me!
I love other old sports things like boxing gloves (I have a child's pair) and little baseball bats or old tennis rackets.

Sheila said...

I'm going digging through my old photos! I actually have one of my mother on a basketball team in 1942 or 43. They won a tournament that year! Love how your project turned out.

And...I am the same way with my Pottery Barn catalogs. Did that last night!

Our really empty nest said...

So stinking cool, I LOVE them! There was definitely a reason those frames havent sold, they look perfect! Thanks for sharing, Sue

Content in a Cottage said...

There is a reason those frames didn't sell. They were waiting for you to love them again. Very nice!

Adrienne said...

What a wonderful way to display your old photos! Love what you did with them - and the fact that it was free!
~Adrienne~

Deborah said...

Love this! So much better to have your own grandfather in the photos! I was just at my grandfather's house yesterday and was looking at his old photographs... He's 91 and grandma is 94. So much history is spoken through an old picture. If only these old pictures could actually speak, I'd love to sit and listen to the stories that they would tell.
You have a real treasure now. I love that!
blessings
deborah

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

This is AWESOME!! I love it and I have always loved old photos...old black and white photos! They look absolutely FABULOUS!!

And for less than $9? Unheard of!!

Glad to see you back!

Lou Cinda

High Street Cottage said...

Marcy, what a fantastic post! I am with you on the high prices in catalogs and online in general, and sad to say I have seen some bloggers who have Etsy shops buy at Marshall's and Home Goods and re-sell for tons more on their own little shops. Sad. I am very much like you in that I see what I want , get inspired then do it on the cheap as they say. Trends come and go, so why put your family in the poor house indulging I say. Kudos to you, and I still just love your home and blog, xoxo tami.
PS, hope you're not flooded down your way, we've had rain upon rain here.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

This is such a clever idea. I don't have sports pics...but lots of family pics from the 40's. and great use of the frames!

Lolo said...

Stupid Restoration Hardware! I have a love/hate relationship with them. I just bought bedding for my son from there after debating over the price tag in my head over and over.....my own bedding didnt even cost as much!! Oh well. I guess we can thank RH for the amazing inspiration. As usual, you rock Marcy! $9....take that RH - Ha!
I too have always wondered how people can have strangers on their wall? WTH?! Kinda creepy....
Love that your grandfather is so stylish in your house now ;)
XOX

Faded Charm said...

these turned out wonderful and you can't beat the price. Not sure why Restoration Hardware has to charge so much. I'd rather have the old thing anyways, not something they reproduced.

Enjoy your week.

Kathleen

Janet said...

Fabulous blog - great that you showed exactly how you did it! It helps us know how to use what we have around. The pictures look great in those frames!
Your blog is so much fun to read - your style of writing is witty, fast-paced, and so enjoyable. keep up the good work.

Sarah said...

Marcy, what a great idea. So much more meaningful to have these photos of your grandfather's team. They look great in the frames. You are a clever lady! And I love your sense of humor!
Hugs ~ Sarah

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Marcy, It is great to see you back...I missed one of my favorite blogs! I saw these framed prints in our local RH store and also loved them. How great you were able to reproduce this look with your grandfathers pictures. Fabulous!
Hugs,
Sherry

Rachel Noelle said...

LOVE what you did with those!!!!;) thanks for the inspiration! Hugs~ Rachel

PRINCESSGREENEYE SHABBYCHIC & VINTAGEDREAMS said...

wow - thats great !!! - I love it to hang up empty different and old frames up to the wall best regards from GErmany
Jacqueline

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Marcy, you did a great job on those. I love them and I love vintage trophies. Wish I could find some cheap ones. They want big bucks for those. So glad you are back!

Deserae said...

I saw the old photos in the Restoration Hardware catalog and was quite smitten too!!!! There is something about them that is just so charming when grouped together :o) Love your new trophies too....lucky girl! Happy New Year!!!
~Des

sweetpea said...

wow what a great post and the finished product is divine! RH is definitely not priced for everyday people with everyday budgets but it's still fun to look right? and costco, don't get me started... thanks for the sweet comment you left me.

hugs,

shelley

Honey at 2805 said...

Your project truly is Priceless! Way to go! I have just become your latest follower (wouldn't want to miss out on anything know would I?). Love making new friends.

Val said...

Those frames were meant for your wonderful pics!!!

Frenchy said...

You rocked this !
Xo

Auntie Bliss said...

California!
I'm just gonna fly out and bring your prize!
Yippee...can we like, take a hot air balloon ride over a vineyard or something?
(pre-conceived notions about CA...tell me what you think about KY! LOL maybe not...)

Morning T said...

Incredible transformation and fun tutorial! I can't get over all of the frames in your garage...I would snatch those up in a heartbeat if I lived near you during your next garage sale. ;)
Happy Friday and New Year!
xo~
T

Marie said...

Just like you, I love Restoration Hardware too, but I can never afford their things, so pricey! Your idea was fabulous and free! Amazing and great job saving the bucks!
-marie

Becca said...

This is such a great idea! And, the fact that you did this project for free is even more impressive. Thanks for sharing ... may have to borrow this. Becca

Patti's Artful Design said...

Just a wonderful idea...and even more special because the photography depicts family! I love Restoration catalog too!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great photos, and I agree the others are way too expensive. You've done a wonderful job framing them, thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
hugs,
Debra

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Oh, these are so nice! I love the lighter frames too!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ what great photos and I love how you have them displayed!! I was drooling over your stack of vintage frames- oh my!! This looks great- you did a great job and they are meaningful pictures now- rather than purchased pictures of people! lol! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

I like it! I was excited to get my catalog too, but funny- I don't remember the sports photos!
(maybe I was beginning to gloss over with the pricing too....)
I love the vintage sports pics- I even looked on ebay a few months ago for the panoramic ones, and they were still too rich for my blood. I've also taken up just using old family photos- none in the sporting arena, but nice just the same.
I love those frames! they look great! It was meant to be for you to keep them. :)

...............Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...

Great step-by-step instructions! What dear pieces you have created. I expect most of us have some vintage family photos, even if they are not sports teams, a similar presentation can be made. Thanks for the inspiration.

Valerie Jean said...

Don't you just love to curl up to a great catalog!! Such wonderful inspiration ... your home is simply gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing.

Josefa Lunares said...

You've left me open-mouthed good change that you made with photos of your grandfather and frames instead to have delighted me are precious. Too bad you're not close to going one day at a sale of your garage. Bss Josefa.

SHERRY HART said...

Love those old photos!!! I am always looking for quirky old pictures at flea markets......you made those look fab!

for the love of a house said...

what a fabulous project! love how the photos turned out!

happy new year!
joan

BriarRose said...

Marcy, welcome back. I hope you were able to spend many happy hours with your family during the holiday season. I smiled when I read that you waited for evening and alone time to read your RH catalog...I did the same thing. So many wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing the tutorial on your sports pictures...what a wonderful idea. Having photos of your family gives them real meaning. I have to tell you, that just as we saved the RH catalog for a special "stolen" moment, I do the same with your blog. Thank you so much!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

This idea is priceless! I am in love with it. I think I have the same botanicals~lol! Now I can think of what I want to pop inside the frames...and i never knew much about the Costco photo center and I go there all the time. I just put you on my blogroll so I can keep up with what clever things you are up to.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

thank you for all of your lovely comments over the weekend! Especially on my grandma :) I do remember the post on your chandelier- it was amazing and such a treasure. So nice to have those connections to our past.
I hope you have a wonderful week!

Meg said...

What a great story. I love your photos....and of your grandpa! You're right, they are PRICELESS. If only we could all be lucky to have those photos in our stash! Great job...!

Summer said...

these pictures are so inspirational!
I'm your new follower- I hope visit me soon! I leave for my adventures in Australia in just 1 week!!!

www.passportsandprada.com

xoxo, summer

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Great job! Love Restoration Hardware for inspiration. It's so great that you had some old photos with someone you know!! They look awesome ~ may have to borrow this idea ;)

Amy of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Totally love this! You've inspired me to do something with my own stash of b/w family photos! Thanks for linking up!!

Rebecca said...

Yes-I think we do have similiar styles-love that catalog! Fabulous job on the pic-I'll be back to read more!

oh yvonne said...

oh Marcy this is *beyond* fabulous! Fantastic blog post, I love how this project came out. What a wonderful treasure hunt found in your very own home!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Marcy, thanks so much for joining the party!

Ruth said...

I love this idea. I am a bit envious of the collection of frames you have in your garage. What a great idea this is and so much better than the price from Restoration Hardware.

Ruth

Sandy said...

C'est ravissant!

Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

All I can say is...a m a z i n g!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I think they turned out just awesome! I'm with you, other people hanging on my wall is a little weird! Great job!

Jane said...

Hi - I came over from your feature over at Common Ground. I don't get the Restoration Hardware catalog so I appreciate you posting this. I have two photos of my grandfather and his basketball team from the early 20's and a couple of my Dad's cousins with their football team also from the 20's. I love how your enlarged, framed photos came out and I'm off to go find my pics! Thanks.
Jane

Privet and Holly said...

Jumping over from
Debra's and so happy
that I did....I just
LOVE your project!!!
I have group class
photos of my grandma
and her brother's from
the 1920's and 1930's
that I would love to
give this same treatment.
It IS wonderful when it
is your own family, isn't
it? Thank you for the
great inspiration.
Happy Friday!
xx Suzanne

Anonymous said...

This is your husband. How come you didn't frame that "vintage" photo of my adult league basketball team from 20 years ago, you know the one where I'm wearing the really short volleyball shorts (yes, they were in style back then). I know it's not as good as the photo's of your grandpa, but it would have gotten a lot of laughs. Guess I'll have to wait for my grand kids to do it in 50 years.

AntiqueChase said...

Well Hello Mr. AntiqueChase....

I guess I could print out that "Vintage" photo of you...maybe in Sepia...

HOWEVER... I just checked my stash of old frames in the garage and wouldn't you know that not one frame that I have would do your basketball photo justice??!!

I decided that I MUST go shopping (again) in order to find just the right frame..... HaHa!

Love you !!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Ahhhh...this is fabulous! I love shopping my home, you can't beat the price. I was just tearing apart frames yesterday too :)

This is something you will treasure forever!
XO
Kristin

Kim @ Starry Sky Ranch said...

I am always on the prowl for frames. Rarely do I consider what happens to be in them when I find them! I can't see coughing up $100 for a frame when you can buy bad art in a decent frame. ; )

Yours turned out so nicely! I have a cd of my Grandmother's photo albums on the way to me. I am so hoping to snag some finds like this to display our pics.

Dear Lillie said...

Okay - first, I am with you on Restoration Hardware. My FAVORITE store by far but oh my they get more expensive by the month! Arghhh!

Second - WOW!!!!! Absolutely genius! These are FABULOUS and how cool that they are your grandfather too. And haha - love the comment your husband posted! Made me laugh out loud!

Anonymous said...

I saw the sporting team photos on RH's website a few days ago and just loved them. I have been collecting and displaying old photos of people I do not know for years and I think they are adorable --- but my family and friends think I am a little weird especially when they ask "who is that a picture of" and I say "I don't have a clue!"

saltbox treasures said...

Your pics turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all the details.
~ Julie

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I just popped over from the Virginia House-
We can do it cheaper party...
This is so cool.
You did a fabulous job remaking the project for WAY LESS.
Way to go.

and I think it is really special because you actually know at least one person in the photo.