So remember we said our big project for the weekend was to get a few pieces framed? Yeah, that didn’t go so well. We knew that framing would be expensive but we figured we could get a pretty good deal since we found a 50% plus 15% custom framing coupon from Michael’s. We naively though we’d have to pay no more than $130.
Wow, we were dopes. We walked into Michael’s with hope and coupon and walked out with disbelief on our faces and a quote for $244 for canvas stretching and very simple framing. We didn’t need matting or glass and it was $244 even after the discount!
We headed across the street to Jo-Ann’s since we knew they honored competitors coupons. They had a better selection of frames and the woman who helped us really knew her stuff. The quote we received for framing with a canvas insert and stretching (no glass, no matting) was $380! Again, after the coupon.
Feeling utterly defeated, we went back to the car and decided to think about it. Maybe we could invest in framing with the tax refund we hope to get this year. Framing the painting would cost more than our car payment (yes, we got a new car – that’s coming later).
When we got home, I started hunting online for a deal. I put an ad up on Craigslist looking for someone to just stretch the canvas. After a few minutes of hunting, I stumbled upon this site
According to the site, I can get 36x30 painting stretched for $33. Not too shabby. They also print on canvas and it’s pretty cheap.
If I add in shipping, it would be about $50 to stretch the canvas. When asked for help on Facebook with frames, a couple friends told me to try American Frame. I checked out their site and I can do a wood or metal frame with the linen insert and it wouldn’t be more than $115. Shipping is free and there is no tax.
So, we can go with the OK framing job at Michaels for $244, the really nice framing job at Jo-Ann’s for $380 or the $150 take your chances job with American Frame and Wholesale Art Frames. We want to go with Jo-Ann’s but $380 is more than we paid for any single piece of furniture in the guestroom itself, or even the living room for that matter. Michael’s is a good go between but then the quality of the frame wasn’t great and there was no linen insert and we didn’t like the frame selection that much. I’m tempted to try option 3. I know American Frame does good work, it’s Wholesale Art Frame I’m wondering about.
So what do you think? Internet option, Michael’s or Jo-Ann’s? Remember, this is going into a guestroom. Also, if anyone has any experience with Wholesale Art Frame, we’d love to hear about it.