Naked ladies! ALL NUDE!

*ahem* Now that I have your attention with that post, I really do want to talk about a nude woman. Seriously. Stay tuned.

When my grandma passed away a few years back, I immediately knew what I wanted to remember her by. She always had a picture hanging in her bedroom from when I was a little girl. I remember thinking it was horribly scandalous and risque…but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of it and how beautiful it was.

My grandfather used to joke and tell people that the painting was of my grandmother. (It wasn’t, but my grandma was so beautiful that I’m sure it was a believable lie.) The picture hung in our apartment, and then was (oh-so-carefully) moved to the new house, where it was decided that it would hang in our guest room.

The light-woodgrain frame never really “went” with our decor, but I was so scared at the idea of changing it that I never attempted it. I was paranoid that I would somehow ruin it and upset my grandma. Silly? Probably, but that’s the way my mind works. Also, the framing/matting job was done professionally, and was of such good quality that I didn’t want to muck it up. It also isn’t in my budget to have it reframed right now.

This weekend, I got up the guts to paint the frame. Every single step of this process had beads of sweat dripping down my forehead, but somehow (deep breath)…I survived. I started by laying the picture on a dropcloth and cleaning it REALLY well. Years of dirt poured off the poor thing!

I trusted my beloved 1.5″ Frog Tape to carefully seal the edges of the frame from the glass covering the picture. I made sure that the edges of the tape wouldn’t allow for ANY bleeding by running the side of a credit card down the tape to ensure no bubbling/lifting.

I was nearly panicking as I was carefully painting the frame with Valspar Ultra Premium Gallon Interior Latex Semi-Gloss Ultra White, first with a mini roller, and then with a finer brush. I did four very, very, very thin coats of paint to ensure there would be full-coverage with no drip or brush marks.

After letting it dry for a full day, I stepped back and surveyed the results.

I. Love. It. I think my grandma would love it, too. It makes the picture pop, and it looks SO GOOD against our freshly painted guest room walls. (Stay tuned for a post this week about the guest room!)

Now we have a pair of fully-glorious boobs on our wall…and I couldn’t be happier.

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8 thoughts on “Naked ladies! ALL NUDE!

  1. Nikki Murphy says:

    Wow…..you did that artwork a big favor! The white really does work against that baby blue matting MUCH better than that light wooden frame. It goes great in that room too considering the color of your walls is so close to that matting! Awesome!

  2. Ed says:

    ‘Tis risque! We love it too. Is it a painting or photograph? We would love to see it in person someday… :)

    • Oh, she’s a saucy little vixen! I think it might be a print of a painting. There’s a date at the corner of it of 1939, and she had that hanging in her house since her kids were younger, so even if it is a print, it’s VERY old.

      And if you guys make it to Baltimore someday, we’d love to have you, of course! ;) My vixen is a bit heavy, so I don’t think she can make the drive to Whack-a-Mole and back. haha

      xoxo Linda

  3. April Alayne says:

    Wow the upgrade is fantastic.
    Lovely piece of art!

  4. Corinne says:

    I liked the print before, but it looks FANTASTIC now with the white frame! Very nice!

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