I’ve moved over 18 times. My love for relocation has had an effect on the way I decorate my house. For the most part I have small lightweight furniture that can be arranged to fit various room shapes. Plus with the exception of my bed and couch, I have a rule that if I can’t carry it by myself I won’t buy it or have to be willing to part with it on my next move. One of the other things I’ve had to pare down is what I hang on the wall. I have an awesome collection of original art that I don’t always have the wall space for, so I rotate pieces every six months or so. I always wanted to have photographs of family and friend on the wall so a while back I made photocopies of my favorites and framed them in some inexpensive raw wood Ikea frames that I painted. A few moves later, I was getting weary of repainting the frames each time I moved to match the color scheme of my new digs so I put all the photos in a box and donated the frames to a thrift store. Recently I’ve really been missing getting to look at all those photos of loved ones but knew that framing them all again wasn’t the solution.
Then I thought about the image transfer candle DIY project I did a few months ago and pulled out Craftcation presenter Courtney Cerruti’s book Playing with Image Transfers and got to work coming up with a way I could look at those photos daily as well as seamlessly transport and display them the next time I move. What part of my house do I see every single day? The refrigerator! Now every time I reach for a snack I get to fondly remember my grandmother (who passed away a few years ago) in the photograph of her playing guitar and the other one of her looking like a pin-up girl, the one of my dad looking so slick in a convertible, the one of my mom in a ballerina princess costume and the one of my grandmother and grandfather (Papa – aka Delilah’s dad) on Christmas morning in the 1950s. You can use photocopies of family and friends like I did or you can create these with images from a magazine. Either way, they’re the perfect way to add some color style to your kitchen.
If you don’t have a massive collection of washi tape on hand like I do, don’t worry! We’re giving some away.
WHAT TO GET:
-Washi tape (We love Scotch Expressions washi tape)
-Palette knife, bone folder or something hard to burnish the tape to the photo
-Photocopies of photographs
-Glue gun + glue sticks
WHAT TO DO:
1. Decide which wooden circles fit best with each photo.
7. Using a bone folder (or similar tool) press the tape down hard on the image. When you first put the tape down it will look a bit cloudy but after you press the tape down (burnish) it completely, the image will be clear and shiny.