Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17

Friday, 6 February 2015

the weekend decorator: how to have great wall art on the cheap


 Today in our Weekend Decorator segment I am going to share with you how to have great wall displays without spending a million bucks, maybe I should call this segment more dash than cash, as it really all about how to decorate without spending a fortune. 
Lots of people think that we must have oodles of money, but we don',t we are pretty much a single income family on a not very big salary with 6 kids, so we don't have lots to spend on making our home beautiful. 
What we lack in cash we make for in imagination and creating as much as we can ourselves.
Again I have looked to my home to share with you ideas I have implemented.
These pictures have been taken over a period of time, but most of them except one are still current, and no my home doesn't look like this all the time, it is very much a functioning busy home with lots of people who can create messes! 

Firstly wall displays don't need to be made up of fine art or expensive items, as always my first rule of thumb is shop your house.
I created the above display in our games room which is situated in the boys' bungalow where our 3 eldest children sleep.
This entire display has been created using kids artwork (another marvellous way to get great pictures for your walls) some photos that I had taken and had framed in upcycled frames and were previously in a kid's bedroom, some starfish I had laying around and some letters that my husband had cut out when playing with a scroll saw. 
I basically I arranged all these pieces together is a long rectangle that fitted along the length of the wall. 
All the pieces had a water or sea theme. 


 Another simple but effective to make a great wall display is a grouping of frames, these frames are all old family ones that I collected over the years from my grandparents, aunt and my mother. 
Some were not gold, so a bit of cheap gold spray paint took care of that.
I added my husband's and my initials to create a bit of a monogram.
My bedroom looks a little different to this now as I have painted the furniture and the frames have been changed out for another artwork which I will come to later.

From my last post you may know that I have a bit of a thing for clocks,
I have hankered after having a bit of a wall clock display for some time
Only one of these clocks in functioning to avoid confusion, the two with hands have them positioned at 6:30. 
One is a clock face pulled from a broken clock, another is a freebie I picked up and another is a cheapy from a chain store. 
The working clock was a little bit more expensive but I needed something that would tell time accurately 
I may add a couple of more clocks to this if I come across them, and I would like to put something behind the clock face to give it more depth.

Photographs can also make great wall displays, but they don't just need to be in frames.
These are displayed in an old window frame that I picked up at a 2nd hand shop 14 years ago and has been on my wall for almost as long.
 I know these seem to be on trend at the moment, I must have been ahead of the fashion! 
Here I have used black and white family photos, but you could use magazine cuttings or postcards or nature shots you have taken yourself.


Another way to display photos is in an old frame with chicken wire and simply peg the photos on.
These were really old snapshots that I came across is a pile of my mother's things, mainly family shots but a couple of car ones as well. 
Some are starting to curl so I probably need to take them off and flatten them again.

Make your display to highlight the room it is in. 
Here I have used some old embroidery hoops that I had laying around and scraps of fabric to create a display in my sewing room, teamed with the letters for SEW it makes for an effective display. 
The clock was a cheap one that I picked up, pulled apart and glued some fabric to the face.

Here is another example in the bathroom: some cheap canvases have been hung on the wall with some starfish glued on to create a quick and easy piece of art suitable for a wet area.

These cute whimsical pieces are simply images printed onto vintage maps and framed in op shopped frames, painted white.

Here is another collection of items brought together in a squarish format.
The common theme of these items is the colour.
The photo is from a postcard blown up back in my college days that I have had for many years, and has sentimental value to my husband and me. Several frames are old doilies glued onto black cardboard.
Two more prints done onto vintage book pages this time in black and white.
The string art letter was done by "son of redeemed". 
The top left piece, I made by taking photos of stuff around the yard and then editing them into a black and white collage to say "love". 
Mounted on the charcoal feature wall it becomes an effective display.

Remember my bedroom wall before?
Here is what it looks like now.
I found this old print at an op shop and planned to make it into a chalkboard, but when I brought it home it seemed to cry out to me that it would look great in my bedroom.
 So instead I upcycled it by repainting the frame, then washing a grey over the actual print and wiping it off. 
I then used a white marker to write "Love is all you need!"

Finally, an easy changeable piece of wall art is having a framed blackboard, you can change this up with the seasons, to reflect a birthday or if you are an artist maybe a cool chalk picture (think Mary Poppins)

As with all artwork in your home make sure it is something you love, is pleasing to your eye and that it is balanced nicely with your colour scheme and style of home.
Don't forget my number one rule for decorating step back and look from a distance to see if it works!