A Review of My First Minted Art Purchase
This post has been sponsored by Minted. My experience with Minted and my opinions are my own.
Remember in the spring when I decorated my dining room start to finish in 6 weeks as part of the One Room Challenge? That was not stressful at all and super fun! :)
I kid, I kid. That was quite the experience, both good and bad. But now that all the dust has settled from that affair, I’ve caught my breath and am ready to discuss details. I had a lot of questions about how I was able to find art- where it was framed- how expensive it was, etc. Here are all the details about how quickly I was able to get my hands on the most beautiful oversized print… and in its own custom frame.
What I wanted: an oversized piece of art, easy to frame. With the wallpaper and the trimwork going on in there, I wasn’t going to clutter the walls with lots of little pieces of art and knick knacks that would feel overwhelming. Much better to just - wham - throw up one big piece of art to focus on, and let your eyes rest a bit. This wall is also seen directly from the front door, so I thought an oversized statement piece was best.
I reached out to Minted to see if they would be interested in a partnership, having heard so many good things about them. It was actually a bit of a risk, because I have to admit I had no personal experience with their art- only their holiday cards (which are beautiful!). But art is a whole other beast. I was motivated to reach out to them though because I loved their website - they have so many various kinds of prints I am drawn to - and I also liked their modern style of frames they offered. I am picky about my frames- clean lines only for me, nothing too thick or ornate. I was pumped when I saw Minted had exactly the type of frame I like, and in various finishes. So rather than buying a print and then struggling to find a way to frame the big thing in a way that didn’t look cheap, Minted could be a one stop shop for me. Order the print, pick out the frame I love, and receive it all in the mail hopefully not long after.
Jose and I picked out the “Days in Paris” (out of their rotating limited edition art- a favorite of mine!) print of Paris architecture by Jessica Nugent because of the calming colors. With the bold navy wallpaper I have, I liked the muted colors this print featured so it would flow but not compete with the room. And personally, we were drawn to this particular print because we are trying to make it to France this year (fingers crossed on that one!). After measuring to make sure it was big enough, I went with the biggest size that Minted allows- 54” x 40”. I put painters tape on the wall measuring out exactly where it would go, and left it there for a few days to make sure it was the perfect size.
Minted gives you the option to just buy the print only, have it in canvas form, or have it in the frame of your choice. They show the art you are picking out next to humans that replicate the size of what you are choosing, so you can get perspective for how large your art is going to be in real life. We chose the natural raw wood frame with a small white border around the print. The cost of these choices is listed at $668, and they don’t charge for shipping or returns.
We placed our order on April 27th, and on May 6th I came home to find my art! Ten days from order to arrival of a massive piece of art- that’s pretty great customer service. It was all wrapped up in a large thin box, placed outside my garage waiting for me.
I was pleased with how it came packaged- the frame was wrapped up solidly inside. Obviously because I am an impatient child, I couldn’t resist immediately taking off most of the packaging on the porch, so I could take a peek.
Like I said, I had never owned any art from Minted before so I didn’t know what to expect. The print was crystal clear. The muted colors are dreamy. The frame was made of pretty raw wood, about the color of my white oak floors, and on the back of the frame it had these nice teeth on both sides for hanging. These teeth will sit nicely on hooks installed on your wall, and they’re a few inches long so you can adjust the frame to the left or the right by a few inches.
Unfortunately, because life is hard and never simple, I couldn’t use these teeth because my frame had to sit out from the wall by two inches to go over the molding. I had my handyman stop by and attach a small piece of wood on the back of the frame, and another piece on the wall for the wood to attach to, and now it sits flush with the moldings.
I am SO happy I chose this large of a piece and how it turned out. It is a show stopper you guys! Although framed oversized art is never cheap by any means, these pieces from Minted I consider a worthwhile investment. And of course, the convenience of having everything framed and arriving for you to hang within a week can’t be beat.
Since our initial experience with this company, we actually bought two more pieces from Minted with the same exact type of frame, for large art we wanted in both our boys’ rooms (they have a nice selection of children’s art). Neither of these pieces were sponsored by Minted in any way, I just loved my experience the first time around and knew I would be happy with these choices as well.