Ashley Woodson Bailey – Luxe Art for Less

DIY: Luxe for Less. How to frame and mat inexpensively using Ashley Woodson Bailey notecards | the Maypop

This year, as part of my goals, I’ve been trying “make new this house a home” and to pull a few rooms together, especially before the new baby comes. For the most part, I’m working with what I have in terms the larger pieces of furniture, but I’ve tried to freshen up the linens and accessories like art.

In my search for accessories, I stumbled across the stunning floral artwork of Ashley Woodson Bailey (thank you, Tristan!)

Ashley Woodson Bailey Notecards | the Maypop | DIY Budget Art Project

Cafe

I love the moodiness and the richness of her photographs, especially her Dark series.

Ashley Woodson Bailey | the Maypop | DIY Budget Art Project

“Harvest”

Ashley Woodson Bailey | the Maypop | DIY Budget Art Project

“Banks”

Ashley Woodson Bailey | the Maypop | DIY Budget Art Project

“Radiant”

I want one of these prints. I certainly consider them in the “worthy investment” category. Unfortunately, the reality of “worthy investment” does not always parallel the balance in my pocketbook. It does not always mean that this stay-at-home mom-of-two-with-another-on-the-way can justify that purchase (and I say this realizing that her photos will seem very reasonable to some of you).

Still, I love her work, and I was determined to find a way to include her photos in a mini master bedroom update.

I was determined to achieve luxe for less. And, I think I was successful.

First, I grabbed a pack of her beautiful notecards for $25.

Ashley Woodson Bailey Notecards | the Maypop | DIY Budget Art Project

Dark Notecards

Next, I purchased five 16×20 frames at Michaels for around $13/each, $65 total. Then, I sprayed the frames gold with some paint I’d purchased for another project, so that cost me $0. Finally, I used painter’s tape (washi would also work) to “mat” them on these foam core boards that I found at Target for $6/3 pack ($12 total for 2 packs).

DIY: Luxe for Less. How to frame and mat inexpensively using Ashley Woodson Bailey notecards | the Maypop

To assemble the prints, I used a tape measure to center the cards, taped them shut with a loop of painter’s tape, and then I used another small loop of tape on the back to secure them in place. This project could not have been simpler.

DIY: Luxe for Less. How to frame and mat inexpensively using Ashley Woodson Bailey notecards | the Maypop

DIY: Luxe for Less. How to frame and mat inexpensively using Ashley Woodson Bailey notecards | the Maypop

So, for a little more than $100, I have five stunning Ashley Woodson Bailey prints. I especially love the look of the wide mat, even if it is a faux mat.

DIY: Luxe for Less. How to frame and mat inexpensively using Ashley Woodson Bailey notecards | the Maypop

The hardest part of this project was spray painting the frames, and that only took a few minutes (says my husband, as I’m pregnant and not using spray paint).  And, since the foam boards were the same size as my frames, it really only took me a few minutes to assemble everything once the kids were in bed!

Looking for more DIY or quick decorating ideas? Check out the 10 Minute Decorating Ideas at Finding Home.

 



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Comments

  1. Who would think to use a blank arts & craft canvas as the background? So jealous of your inspiring & creative mind! I want you to come decorate my house.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I use foam board on my shadow box projects but this rocks even more! Thanks for the inspiration and your art looks amazing!

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