05.11.11

Intaglios.

Last week I received the latest Ballard Designs Catalog and my jaw almost dropped when I saw this wall of cameos.  These little pictures are selling for $299 PER picture!  The timing couldn’t have been more perfect because I just finished a wall of 18 for under $200.  And here’s how….
I am notorious for buying items for my next big project and storing them for months if not years before I get to it.  But let’s be honest, with two kids, a full time job and this little blog– I don’t get a lot of spare time for crafting.   That being said, I bought these intaglios over a year ago for the wall in my dining room.  Well, bit by bit, I worked on this project and was able to finish just in time before Lou’s party.  Here are the results:

Here’s the cost break down:

Here’s the how-to:

18 Frames…..
I actually made mine without the glass.  The intaglios were thicker than I expected, so the frames weren’t thick enough for the glass.
 Some spray paint….
 Presto-chango:
I bought this fabric at G-Street Fabrics thinking I’d use the velvet side… but I couldn’t get rid of these darn lines…
So, I decided to use the reverse side, which I now love… it looks like linen, but it’s much more substantial.
 I traced all 18 backboards (fabric backside up) and cut them out.
I used my little craft glue gun to glue the fabric to the cardboard.  One note– make sure to pull the fabric tight to each corner and cut off the excess.  The fabric will stretch.
Then I glued on the intaglios and voila!
Now, with all of that procrastination, the hardest part was actually hanging them.  Thanks to my Pops, who painstakingly hung all 18.  Because the frames were incredibly cheap, the hooks were not evenly attached, so we used double sided velcro tape, which allows me to rearrange them as I choose.
I am so happy with the results!
 
Tutorials are not my thing– but I hope you enjoyed it… Please send me pictures if any of you decide to do your own wall of intaglios!

25 thoughts on “Intaglios.

  1. dr gerald p stulc

    Recently saw replica plaster intaglios, nicely framed, at an interior decorator’s store. One medium-sized intaglio medallion per frame went for $575! I bought 75 intaglios off ebay for $130, plan to frame myself, as per Krista. Do not let pricey decorators rip you off, for a very classy look at much cheaper prices.

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  2. Jules

    It looks amazing! I had the same problem with cheap frames in my hallway. I, too, used double-sided velcro tape (those command strips). It ended up being great, because now I can dust the frames without worrying about everything flying off the walls.

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  3. Simple Dwellings

    Wow- amazing job! I love that you hung so many, because it gives the space such a big impact and wow factor. I found your blog via 6th street, and I’m your newest follower! :)

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  4. Staci

    Seriously looks incredible! I may have to give this a try. Just linked to your blog, thanks for the awesome idea!

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  5. Krista Salmon

    Oh, and still have the green sideboard, just on another wall. I’ll share some pictures of the dining room soon, I just had my new curtains hung last week!

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  6. SHERRY HART

    I’m also loving that flower arrangement! Can you share where you got your intaglios? I love the impact of grouping them as you did….it makes them SO impressive!

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