Revamping An Old-ish Frame

For college graduation (which is now, sadly, quite a few years ago), I gave K a special present.

We had met/bonded over cycling in the Indiana University Little 500, and during our senior year, K’s team placed in the top 5 out of 33 teams. It was a huge deal!

So I took his bike jersey he wore in the race (never even washed it), and got it framed with a little plaque underneath to commemorate it.

At the time of this gift, I was still in school, so not made of money. I went for the cheapest frame I could, which ended up being a nice glossy white. It was just fine for the time being.

The jersey and its white frame looked decent the next couple of years as it hung in K’s various bachelor pads. However, now that we live together and are trying to be adults, the gaudy white frame had to go.

For the past month since we have moved in, the jersey has been sitting on the floor because we had no idea what to do with it. It did not go with anything. Furthermore, I had the jersey professionally done, so I could not just swap out the frame.

We decided to go with my now tried and true method of fixing stuff: spray paint.

This project was going to be a little too big to accomplish on my fire escape, unlike my previous projects. Therefore, I hauled the jersey to the suburbs and painted it in my parent’s garage.

jersey frame1

I had just done this with our bathroom mirror, so I was a pro at taping up and prepping the frame.

jersey frame2

After letting it dry and cleaning up, I noticed I left a little something behind…Sorry Dad!

jersey frame3

Lesson learned: use a bigger drop cloth.

jersey frame4

Now the jersey looks 500000000x better!

Have you ever had a special piece that you loved, but it just did not fit with your decor? What did you do?

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