Sometimes you just have to think outside of the decorating box and I have the perfect example today.
I was looking for wall decor to fill a blank spot in my master bedroom for a long time. I just couldn’t find the right thing for the space and it was making me crazy. You see, the room had been furnished and decorated long time ago. The new needy space was created when we ditched the TV we used to have in the room.
At first I was excited about the idea of shopping for something new, but in very short order it became apparent that the space would not be easy to fill. The room already boasts three mirrors, three lamps, a beautiful piece of artwork and a wooden architectural feature. To add any more of those items would be overkill. So I was looking for…I don’t know what…inspiration to hit when I was in the store, I guess.
Well, a few weeks ago, I was in Marshall’s and I found these two matching picture frames for $6.00 each. They were perfect. The wood pattern matched the wood circle I had over my bed. Kismet! Except they were broken, which was fine, I wasn’t going to use them as stand up frames, I was going to mount them on the wall, so they were perfect after all.
I removed the damaged stands with a small screwdriver and my husband hung them on the wall….and there they sat for a few more weeks, empty frames, waiting for more inspiration to hit. I already had pictures of the family on the dresser and while I adore my kids, adding faces to the wall would just be too much, but pictures go in a picture frame, so what to do?
Then I had a brainstorm. I wanted to add some color to the room, so I photographed the pink tulips in my kitchen and popped a picture of a bloom in each frame. It wasn’t right from the get go.
The minute I put that color on the wall, I knew that whatever filled the frame, needed to be white. It was a feeling in my gut and I could suddenly see exactly what I needed.
I was initially thinking fabric, but on a trip to the craft store, I found the prettiest white, floral scrapbook paper for $1.99 (plus 40% off with my coupon). I cut out two 4×4 squares to fit the frame space and I was done. It’s perfect, but like I said, I had a lot of other picture frame ideas. I could’ve used fabric in the frame, needlework of some sort, I bought stamps thinking I might add our initials, mine in one, his in another, the possibilities are endless if you just think a little out of the box.
I am just thrilled with the way it turned out and it only cost me $14.00 to fill the space with something that I absolutely love to see in my room! Now this was not a great transformation and putting something other than a photo in a frame is not a new idea by any means.
I shared because there are still a lot of people who think that DIY is beyond their ability and I want to show that it is not. I don’t own any power tools or chalk paint. Refinishing furniture, other than slapping on a few haphazard coats of paint, is not something I have ever done. I have never transformed a palette or rewired a lamp, but I can create some pretty amazing things with the limited skills I have…and so can you. It just takes a little imagination and a lot of glue sticks.
So the next time you pass by something that catches your eye, but it’s broken or won’t fit your needs exactly, stop and think about what you could do to it to make it perfect for you.
I guarantee it will save you a ton of dough and you will end up with something custom made for your home and a feeling of accomplishment and pride every time you peek at it, which is what decorating your home should be all about.
Unless you want to stay in the box.
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