Before & After: Turning Flea Market Posters into Art

Before & After: Turning Flea Market Posters into Art

Jason Loper
Oct 18, 2010

My husband and I happened upon these vintage movie posters at a flea market a few weeks ago. As movie buffs we were immediately attracted to their subjects. As lovers of design, we were drawn in by the mod, late 1960's colors in the illustrations. We bought two prints — Clara Bow and Charlie Chaplin — and brought them home but they seemed like they needed a little something extra to take them up a notch stylistically.

I love almost everything about these colorful posters. I love the mod, colorful illustrations and the fact that they're signed (Elaine Havelock) and dated (1967). I love everything except the cheap aluminum frames in which they are housed. I'm happy they were framed as I'm sure that helped preserve the posters but the frames themselves were lacking the style and quality that would take these posters to the next level.

Enter IKEA. Over the weekend we were browsing around IKEA when we came across these poster frames with matting. And that's the solution! The simple act of matting the prints in a thick, black wooden frame transformed the posters into art.

Images: Jason Loper

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