While scrolling through Facebook Marketplace one day, I noticed a lot of ‘basement art’ was coming up in my feed. It wasn’t long before I spotted something I liked and decided to buy it. Then another... and another! There was so much unwanted art out there. I wondered what I could do to give it new life and appeal to a modern consumer. Every piece I brought home seemed to share a common problem; the frame. It was either damaged, unappealing or outdated. I thought maybe if I could reframe the art, giving it a more modern or classic look, the art could be better appreciated and valued.
So off I went to the framing shop to select a liner and frame for my first project and the waiting game began. I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. Within 2 weeks the first piece had been completed! I was so pleased, I readied the next piece and started the process again.
Have a look at this transformation:
COVERED BRIDGE OIL ON BOARD
This piece of original art was basically a discard and was probably hanging in an old basement rec room before I purchased it. The frame was reminiscent of 1972 and really took away from the art held within. I wanted to bring it back to life and make it desirable to a modern consumer.
REFRAMED AND REVIVED
After much consideration, both a liner and frame were chosen and the waiting game began... Within 2 weeks I got a call from the framer. It was like Christmas morning! I was so pleased with the result I couldn't wait to start the next project. This lovely piece of original art sold in only a few short days!
What are your thoughts? Is it worth reviving vintage art that may have already had its time?
I have continued in this venture as I believe this art is worth saving and have already had 2 more completed with another at the framing shop now! So stay tuned for a series on the art I am reviving. Until next week!