Do you have any spots in your house that bug you to no end? You’ve tried decorating them and still don’t like what you did? The 2nd floor of our house has a foyer at the top of the stairs instead of a long hallway and I just can’t seem to get the decor for up there right. Soon after moving in, I found a great rug at Homegoods. (Ours is actually a TJ Maxx with a Homegoods in it and it is by far the most magical store in existence.) After laying the rug, I threw a thrift store spray painted mirror up on the wall and called it a day. BUT, every time I walk up those stairs, the mirror bothers me immensely. It’s too small, too high, and a drab color. I tried hanging a canvas print, a different mirror, and some picture frames, but no dice, it just didn’t work. I saw some beautiful art at Target to go there, but since we just spent a ton of money on running a gas line to our house and installing a new gas boiler, I knew that my new art work was not a high priority in the budget!
So I went to Michael’s on a mission, I was going to DIY some art and I wanted to spend under 20 bucks.
Sometimes I wander aimlessly though Michael’s, never finding what I’m looking for. Not this time. I walked past the dollar bins and these note cards reached out and smacked me! They were blue and yellow, exactly the colors I was looking for, and were a cute square shape that I thought would look great in a matted frame. I also love how they coordinate, but not match.
Next, I was on to find frames. I first picked up three white square frames, matted to 5×5. These frames were great, but were going to cost $30.00, even with a buy one get one free coupon. I kept walking and found these great bronzish (yes, I know that’s not a word) frames on clearance for 4 bucks! I am not in love with the color, but I will probably spray paint them later when the million inches of snow melt and I can actually see my yard. (I did try spray painting in my basement the other day, not my best idea)
I got home, put the cards in the frame, hung them, and voila! 5 dollar art work that I love!
This post goes to prove that you don’t have to spend a ton on fancy art work. If you don’t find note cards you like, you can always use pretty wrapping paper, fabric, or scrapbook paper, which are all inexpensive options.