When Apartment Therapy shot our house back in February, I was worried about the man cave. I thought it might be left out of the shoot altogether because it had one starkly empty wall, and, truth be told, one queen-sized mattress leaning against another wall. But who can pass up a room with forest wallpaper? So the photographer masterfully shot around the room’s flaws.
We’ve since gotten rid of the mattress, but the wall is still empty. So when custom-framing company Mountary got in touch about a collaboration, it was the perfect chance to remedy that situation. A poster of old Paris I’d bought for my husband (the man cave dweller) six years ago in Paris was a good place to start. The poster survived a trip from Europe to San Francisco plus three moves (yes we moved three times in about as many years), so the sturdy map seems deserving of a nice frame.
Enter Mountary, an online service that lets you order custom frames at reasonable prices, starting at $59. The frames are made of solid wood and come in three styles: slim, medium and deep—I ordered medium. They also come in six colors from mahogany to white washed.
My frame, which you can see more of below, would run you $99. But for Stylenik readers, Mountary is offering 20 percent off with the code Stylenik20! So check out how easy it was to order and install my frame, and start getting your own man (or lady) cave in shape.
Important note: I am by no means a DIY person. I would almost always rather pay someone to perform handy tasks around the house, mainly because I usually screw them up. But it was so super easy to install the Mountary frame that even I could do it without cursing in front of my 2-year-old.
The Mountary frame was delivered to my door in two days, and somehow the poster is still intact after six years.
It was wrapped in pretty paper and string.
Frida “helped” me unwrap. We decided to do this project out on the porch where there was good light and plenty of room. But if you’re not into lots of squatting and sitting on the ground I recommend doing it at a table, and in a toddler-free environment.
After removing the box and paper, I pressed back the metal tabs holding on the mat board and removed it.
I am not always the best at following directions, so luckily these were super easy.
The frame comes with all the hanging supplies you need.
Next it was time to peel the protective coating off of the front and back of the plexiglass.
Frida was again super helpful.
And voila, the Paris poster.
I fitted the poster onto the frame—I ordered the frame a teensy bit too small and had to trim the poster ever so slightly. So I recommend if you are in between measurements, order the larger measurement.
Also when you’re placing the poster in the frame, make sure the holes for the framing hardware are at the top.
Frida got distracted sometimes.
Now that the poster was in, it was time to replace the backing.
Voila! The Paris poster framed. It took about 20 minutes, including the trimming. If you need a custom frame, head to Mountary tout suite and use the code STYLENIK20 for a 20 percent discount!