Over the past 25 years, Cheap Pete’s framers have honed their technique to a science, creating high-quality framing for any type of artwork, document, or object. Four Bay Area locations stock a huge selection of ready-made frames, including environmentally friendly options crafted from sustainably harvested pine or bamboo. Collage frames display a multitude of photos, showcasing favorite family memories or charting the development of a tiny infant into an adult-size infant. Customers can also create DIY frames with a large selection of framing tools and supplies.
Cheap Pete’s custom-framing services give customers the choice of more than 300 styles of mouldings, five types of glass, and a rainbow of mat colors. Shadowboxes display three-dimensional objects such as sports jerseys, matchbox cars, or exhibitionistic human beings. The shop also stretches canvases onto canvas bars, readying them to be hung at home or on the walls of a gallery.
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Backed by more than seven decades of dedicated services, FLAX supports the local art community. The store boasts a massive, expansive interior stocked with a pupil-widening 40,000+ items—including paints, brushes, canvasses, calendars, blank bound books, age-appropriate art kits, and practically anything related to stroking, sketching, molding, framing, journaling, revolutionizing, and mind-caressing. Students and pros alike can open up the art box and toss in a few glossy Montana paint tubes ($6.75 each), industry-standard Copic Sketch Markers ($5.89 each), and oil-based DecoColor Paint Markers ($2.79–$2.99), while fashionista artisans remix essentials with inspired Cavallini 2011 planners ($13.95) and cute, inedible yet enviable KOKO 2010 lunch bags ($24–$29.50).
Since the shop opened in 1974, Frame-O-Rama's team has mastered all sorts of techniques to preserve family photos, works of art, and other frame-able objects. "We've framed ceremonial objects such as christening gowns and shoes, and African walking sticks. My personal favorite was a signed Willie Mays baseball with a signed and mounted print of him playing stickball back in Brooklyn," Frame-O-Rama manager Matt Miller said in an interview with SFGate.
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Like a portrait museum whose curator has gone a bit nutty, Back to the Picture on Valencia Street has but a few inches of blank wall space to spare. Along with its sister shop in SoMa, this artsy frame shop that doubles as a gallery has been gilding the lily that is San Francisco's art for almost 30 years. The process of selecting the best frame for a valuable canvas can be an expensive ordeal, but Back to the Picture's Randy Figueres substitutes anxiety for thoughtfulness, offering solid advice on the fine points of home decorating, plus expert knowledge on how best to mount that fragile antique photograph.