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Friday, July 1, 2011

Hanging my Robert Duncan print in the motorhome

Many years ago, when Steveio and I were still dating, he bought me this gorgeous Robert Duncan print called "An April Storm" ...  

I feel inside that I see myself in the girl in the print, tending the animals surrounding her in the storm.  Most of Robert Duncan's rural themed prints include his grandchildren and usually a shetland sheepdog.  I had mentioned to Steve, just once,  that I loved that print.  Amazingly--- it appeared the next Christmas as a very thoughtful present! It warms my heart each time I look at it.

(silly story inserted here)

When he bought me the print and also included having it professionally framed, 
I was going to hang it on the wall, but the wall needed painting.

Then the ceiling looked bad, so that needed painting too.
Then the curtains looked dull, so I bought all new lace window curtains.
Then the hardwood floors really needed refinishing and new polyurathane.
Then the old rugs looked bad on the floors, so I bought new oriental rugs.
Then the couch and love seat looked shabby, so I bought new furniture.

That one print ended up costing me a LOT of money!!!!

When we got married two years later, and we built our home up in the woods, the framed print hung in a place of honor, over the fireplace, where it's been for the last 14 years.

I had noticed this year that some of the photos and frames on the walls have left sections remaining of lighter pine areas, where the UV rays have darkened the open areas of the pine wood.

Sooooo upon removing this big print, oh my oh my~!  Look at the big light spot!   So we decided to take the print down and let that area darken over the next year or so.

(can you see the large lighter rectangle over the mantle?)

Of course, our plan is to sell the house by 2013 when Steveio can retire and we will be going fulltime in the motorhome.  Naturally, the print HAS to come along!   Our motorhome has soooo many windows (which we love all that light) but very little actual wall space to ever hang a print on!  Much less, a print this big!!

We measured up the area over the king sized bed's headboard which is one huge mirror that encompasses the entire back wall of our motorhome.  Ah ha!   Let's mount the framed print over the bed ON the mirror!   But the frame was too tall for the space ---  Steveio brought it to a friend who used to own a framing shop, and have the frame cut down.  It meant removing the matted border, but that was okay, the print was centered nicely in the re-modeled frame.   We just got it back and decided to hang it tonight.  

The heat here was just oppressive and humid and awful in the house, so we fired up the AC in the rig and went out there to relax and work on our project.  It was cooler than in the house, by far. We might even sleep in there tonight instead of the hot house.

Here is a shot with the large expanse of mirror along the back of the motorhome.   

Steveio was screwing in the brackets and I was adding the felt pads to help cushion it against the mirror.  Because of the thin trim strip along the mirror at the top, the frame would not be flush to the mirror, but held off with 8 thick felt pads. 

 We carefully measured so the brackets were evenly spaced out, and I set the pads to cushion the frame at spaced out intervals.

We attached the four brackets right into the solid wood of the cabinets

(Safari's use solid Western Alder hardwood throughout their motorcoaches, 
not printed paper or fiberboard cabinetry like in our old Coachmen or Sierra)  

Once the brackets were all secured, the four bottom felt pads had circles of double-sided sticky tape added to each one to keep the frame from vibrating or wiggling, now tight to the mirror.  The weight of the frame is on the brackets, not the mirror.

I think it looks WONDERFUL! 

Just one more step to making the motorhome into our full-time home! 



  1. The painting looks great there & for sure will give the rig a very cozy, comfy & homey feel...

  2. Love it!! You can also have the prints shrunk at a print company..I am having some of that done...and you can take a picture of the picture then blow it up to the size you need.I did that with several of my pictures then I gave the real pictures to my children.

    Wow that did age the wall..yikes..who would of thought it...lol

    The countdown is beginning ?

    Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  3. Looks great, boy you guys are slowly getting there in your quest, just like us. Be safe out there, we miss ya. Sam & Donna...

  4. yes with so little wall space it is hard to personalize our space much, we too brought along our favorite print to hang in our motorhome...

  5. That is a beautiful painting. I'm so happy you figured out how to hang it in the RV. It really is hard to find a place to hang anything.

  6. It is just perfect!! Love the picture and it certainly has found the perfect "home" to hang in.

  7. Hi Sis, it's Donna, was wondering what picture you had above the mantle, now I know and it is great and really does scream Karen. Now I also know how Steve gets so much done. The pic in the motor home says it all, he has a twin !
    Miss you

  8. Very nice. I have to confess though that I wouldn't be able to stand all that mirror. Somehow I'd have to get rid of it even if it meant covering it up with contact paper or something equally tacky. Just sayin...........


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