Prior to painting The Shack, I removed every existing nail and picture hook and spack filled them ready to paint over and start afresh. Either the previous owners had a thing for gallery walls, string art installations or they hadn't met a Command Strip they liked!
When I moved in I had two pieces of 'wall art' to hang up. Both were tin numerical stencils borrowed from *The Shed. In a moment of "aren't you forgetting you have just scraped 15 years of this b(&&$& stuff off the wall" I blue tacked them above door ways.
Lesson learnt! Heavy metal items and blue tack cohesiveness will not survive the summer heat and come crashing down only in the middle of the night after watching a slightly scary movie and checking the doors are locked. Command Strips are now my friend but I am still a scardy cat. :)
I like my 'art' to tell a story and preferably be either hand made, free or both! I have bought a few items from Etsy and Redbubble and they are jumbled up with bits and pieces from The Shed, the local dump, friends and family.
Clockwise from left: Rulers make great art and are pretty easy to find. Crown print from Etsy (cannot find details from where i bought it sorry) Etsy again and ditto re the details. Dump find. Framed ceramic key from a local shop and a bought print from a dollar store. Stencil. These prints were a gift.
This was rescued from the local dump. I have no idea what it is but I love it. It's rusty enough to invoke tetanus and spiders congregate on it like it's their spiritual home but it fits in.
Last time I was at the beach, I found some shells and coral, drove them >700kms inland and thought why not stick them in the bathroom. The beginning and end of my beach phase.
There are times I do wish I had some nicer pieces but I refuse to be envious of what I don't have and cannot afford. My 'art' is only for me and most importantly it makes my home what it is and it makes me happy.
For more DIY art ideas, feel free to check this and this out.
*The Shed is three bay carport at my parents place and it a treasure trove filled with things from when we lived on a property. It's a resource for a lot of my decorating and oh yes, it's free! You will be sure to see a few more items rescued from The Shed in the future.
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