This week I’m reaching far into my decorating archives for a DIY project I did years ago. Do you remember your first apartment or dorm room? What kind of crazy stuff did you have hanging on the walls? I remember this one guy who checked out artwork from the library to adorn his walls! I didn’t even know the library loaned out artwork, but apparently they do!
Anywho…I digress….here’s the DIY artwork project that my roommate and I did years ago for our first apartment:
I bought empty wood frames from a local import/salvage store for $9.00 each. For the “artwork”, we just enlarged and copied colorful coordinating photos from a gardening book. The matte is actually wallpaper. Then we outlined the photo with a gold paint pen for an additional “matte”:
It’s hard to tell from the photos, but we coated the whole thing with a couple layers of glue in a swirl pattern. You could use Modge Podge and get the same effect:
So basically, we glued some wallpaper onto foam core, centered a photo in the middle and glued it on, outlined the photo with a paint pen, coated it with glue, and taped it in a frame! At the time, this was the perfect solution for those boring white apartment walls, and at a cost of less than $50 for a wall of custom artwork, we certainly didn’t complain! Here’s the bare wall before:
And during Christmas with our cute little tree:
This post got me thinking about something….bare with me here…..when my best friend and I got our first apartment, we were so excited to decorate it all cutesy! Of course most (okay, all) of our furniture was hand-me-downs, and all of our decorating was done on a shoestring budget with items from places like Hobby Lobby and Big Lots. But we just thought we were hot stuff! I look back on some of the photos now and think “what were we thinking???” with regards to all the matchy-matchiness, questionable color choices, and so forth. But, hey, it was the nineties!
Wouldn’t it be fun to have a little blog linky party showcasing some of our past decorating
mistakes choices that at the time we thought were so fabulous?!? I know my mom would love for me to show off her pastel pink and blue sponge-painted walls! Or maybe it wasn’t your decorating choice, but someone else’s, and you were just lucky enough to reap the benefits after purchasing the home. Have a bathroom or kitchen stuck in the eighties? Tacky gold wallpaper? Let’s show it loud and proud!!
The only problem I could forsee would be coming up with photos if it’s something you did years ago before the digital age (unless you’re like me and have a scanner to upload all those old photos). And of course I’d have to come up with a catchy little name, any ideas? Throw-Back Thursday? It Was Hot, But Now It’s Not?? Help me out here!
Leave me a comment (or vote in the poll at the top left) and let me know if you are interested in participating. I would probably plan it for sometime in early October, maybe on a Tuesday or Wednesday? If we have enough people, I think it would be fun! I may even come up with a little giveaway to offer.