I bought these two frames a few years ago at Housing Works, one of my favorite second-hand stores in my old Gramercy neighborhood. Their frames were clad (ironically) in wood-patterned Contact paper. But otherwise they were in good shape and well-priced at $25 a piece, and I had to take them.
I stripped them using some wood thinner and good old elbow grease, and repainted the mats a bright white, then ordered two photographs from Etsy. I gravitated to both of them not just because of their seaside motifs, but because of the red and teal colors. There’s something nostalgic about them: a crusty old ferris wheel, an old-fashion lifeguard stand. . It wasn’t until I was playing around with dark gray paint samples for my bedroom that I found a good shade for the frames: Days’ End by Benjamin Moore. The frames are now taking on a new life and pack more punch, hung over my living room mantle.