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design on a dime picture wall

November 2, 2011

i have been on a decorating kick lately. my basement has had empty walls for the last year and it’s mostly because i was not inspired. i was a little bit intimidated because it is such a huge space and i just didn’t know what to with it. we use this room as our entertainment/ tv/ playroom. the girls have all of their toys down there. we rarely hang out down there unless we are watching tv and i wanted to make it more inviting.

this is the wall behind our couch. i really LOVE the way it turned out. the huge wood cabinets were craigslist finds each for $10 (i know right?). we bought them from a hotel changing out furniture. we purchased quite a few for storage. i repurposed old frames that i had sitting around and went thrift store shopping. i framed fabric and created a few new paintings. my biggest purchase for this wall was probably the lamps which i got for $40 each at t.j.maxx homegoods store, which is quite the deal. i really love the tray. i got three wooden ones for three dollars. i spray painted them white and lined the bottom with fun contact paper. the decanters i found at the salvation army. the flower vase/ pitcher i also found at salvation army. it was disgusting but i simply added a coat of white spray paint and now it looks gorgeous.

i tried to combine vintage items (the ammo box and framed ledger paper) with more modern items (sleek lamps, vases and fabric). the ammo box was something my husband ordered on ebay and i thought it might be kind of fun to incorporate something of his into the design. normally i would never think to use something like this in my decorating, but it might just be my favorite thing. i like it because it’s unexpected. and it balances all of the girly stuff out really nicely. i also love the way that it’s not all matchy matchy. i think i am getting better at that. although i must admit that a lot of the colors i used are in a rug that i just added. regardless, i like how organic it feels.

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new picture wall

wall of pictures design

vintage ammo box

wall of framed art

new picture wall

styling a picture wall

repurposed tray

picture wall

framed fabric

diy thrift store

repurposed pitcher

framing art

framed vintage ledger paper

framed artwork

spontaneous painting for this wall

design on a dime art

framed fabric & new paintings

8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 2, 2011 8:54 am

    Wendy, love it! It looks great and I agree with your mixing of the old and new….something I have been meaning to try too, but my husband loves modern, new edgey kind of things. I need my own room to have fun with:) The framed ledger paper and mixture of vases need to go on a $10 wood cabinet!? in my house! Thanks for sharing. Julie

    • November 2, 2011 9:29 am

      i know julie! the best is when you find the hotels wanting to change out their furniture. they are usually just wanting to get rid of them. now that i think about it, they might have been $20 but still! and in my house i am usually the one wanting all of the modern things and i kind of make all of the design decisions. but recently i have found that there is a way to incorporate things that you both love. my husband was even telling me the other day that he is surprised how much my taste and design has changed because i am using things that i normally wouldn’t.

  2. November 2, 2011 9:55 am

    it looks like you are having even more FUN, Wendy!

  3. November 2, 2011 11:20 am

    It looks wonderful!! It amazing what beauty can created with such little $$. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  4. November 2, 2011 2:01 pm

    I love it Wendy.. you did a great job. I need to take some lessons from you.. I have been wanting to do some stuff around here..

  5. November 3, 2011 9:55 am

    I think this is awesome, and the vintage ammo box is a really unexpectedly wonderful inclusion!

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