Kiwanis Collection

Yep, you heard it here first, folks. Genuine vintage prints, only $1 bill. Holllaaaa. I had it in my head that I wanted to hit up Kiwanis this weekend to get some new art, and MAN did I hit the treasure trove.

Like this little guy, popped it up in the downstairs bath. Guess how much it set me back. If you guessed one green back, you’re the grand prize winner. Yes sirree, that’s some cheap art. Sure it’s small, but it’s just so stinkin’ perfect for our downstairs bath. I’m rather smitten.

Small Antique Frame

We also found some big old prints at Kiwanis that were also – wait. for. it. – a buck!! None of the art was priced so I pretty much couldn’t contain my excitement when the sweet old lady at the art counter kept telling me all my treasured finds were $1 each.

Granted the prints had seen a bit more wear in their day, but I’m just going with the theory that it makes them look more genuine. 😉 And, the larger ones didn’t come with frames. Being highly motivated to see our new lovely prints popped up on the wall, we took an afternoon jaunt to Michael’s, where we snagged these frames (which are HUGE) for $26 each. Being used to IKEA frame prices, this was actually a wee bit of a splurge for us, but with the art only being a buck, I figured it evened itself out.

Frames from Michaels

Much to our surprise, since I thoroughly measured the prints before we went out shopping, we actually had to trim the art down a bit before it would fit in the frame. We could have used custom framing for the prints, thus avoiding the use of scissors on our freshly minted, beautiful little art friends, but let’s be honest, that’s pricey, and I’m cheap.

So we very carefully set to trim the sides of the art to get the right dimensions. Malcolm offered a paw. 😉 Five seconds flat that little orange boy was laying on the mat and “helping”. His favorite thing to do 😉

How to install art

Malcolm continued to offer a helping hand as we put the wire on the back of the frame, in order to hang the print up. Being the greenies we were to home improvement, we never put a wire on the back of our art, and over time, we started to notice that our heavier frames would buckle at the top from the weight pulling down on the frame. Since we had the wire just laying around, we figured it was best to do things the real deal, legit way and avoid ruining our new expensive frame.

How to Hang Large Art

Here is the first print above the bed in the guest room. It’s not perfect, since technically the print could use a larger frame that would allow a mat the entire way around, but ya know what, it’s good enough for now. We can always get a larger frame down the line and add matting. The frame actually matches the bed frame perfectly. Win.

Vintage Mountain Landscape

Here is a close up. It doesn’t fit perfectly, but I’m calling it good enough for now 🙂 Not bad for a buck!

Antique Art Print

My last one dollar find at Kiwanis was this guy, that I decided to put above the dresser in our living room. It’s in the same frame as the one in the guest room (they were buy one, get one free! :)), but I think the rooms are far apart enough that it isn’t too distracting. It’s not like we are the Louvre here people. 😉 We initially had intended to pop this guy up above the couch, but it just looked too small there. On to plan b.

Vintage Art Print

My final find at Kiwanis this weekend, was this awesome dude. Still trying to find a name. Thinking Geoffrey, or George. he he. One of my friends mentioned that he’s kinda scoping out anyone that comes in the door and protecting us – see how he’s looking right at the door! 🙂 He was a SPLURGE at $6. Overall, (4) pieces of art for $10. That’s my kind of shopping.

Antique Painted Portrait


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