She makes bed coverings for herself;
her clothing is fine linen and purple. (v. 22)
The last time I studied Proverbs 31, it stood out to me that this godly woman cared about her home decor. She worked hard to make bed coverings for herself. I love decorating my home to make it a haven for my family and guests – and I have to admit – for myself. It is easier for me to relax and focus on my tasks if my home looks aesthetically pleasing. Gallery walls are a fun way I have added personality to my living space.
6 Ways to Make Budget-Friendly Gallery Walls
Splurge on (or beg, borrow or steal) a statement piece you love.
This wall’s statement piece has drawn the most compliments over the years. My father-in-law made this miniature birch forest for me. I love the black backing that makes the tree branches pop. Price: free!
Put on your creative glasses when you thrift, be willing to touch things up.
- The Los Angeles print by Ork Posters framed in an IKEA frame. We have had this for years, I think I paid $60 total for print and frame. We have had tons of compliments on this over the last 7 years, and it reminds us of the happy, warm seminary years we spent in Los Angeles.
- Aztec design basket from a thrift store, I updated the basket by painting over the faded designs with neon pink, orangey red, and grey acrylic paint. $1.99 plus price of paints.
- Landscape: Original framed oil painting I found at a local thrift store, $8
Shop the clearance section in the Target home decor aisle or Hobby Lobby for cheap artwork.
Both of these framed pieces I found at Hobby Lobby in the clearance section for $7.99 each. There were aisles of super cheap clearance decor the day I was there.
Target puts tons of home decor on clearance, if you can hit them up when they are changing out product lines.
Amazon has vintage book page art by “Vintage Book Art” for $12.99 per piece. These are funky and cute small statement pieces.
Find free printables online.
These botanicals that flank my birch tree piece were free printables from Vintage Printable. The frames are black certificate frames from the dollar store. I used antique gold Rub ‘n Buff on the frames. The frames totaled $8, and the Rub ‘n Buff I already owned.
Think of items in your home that you can frame or figure out a way to hang in gallery walls
This piece is a free vintage handkerchief from a friend. I thought the furniture motif was really cute in the living room. I paid less than $10 at IKEA for the frame.
This handkerchief was designed by Tammis Keefe. If you look her name up on Etsy you can find a few inexpensive handkerchiefs in her unique designs. (They were cheaper – in the $5 range – when I looked them up a few months ago but have gone up significantly in price since!)
I used a piece of foam board cut to the size of the frame and two straight pins to secure the top corners of the handkerchief before closing up the frame.
Make some artwork! It’s really not as hard as you might think.
For the black and white squiggly piece of art, I painted a piece of cardstock with a round artist’s paintbrush and black liquid watercolor paint. You could do this with India ink, acrylic craft paint or your kids’ paint set. Go searching around online for abstract artwork (like on art.com)and find one easy enough for you to copy, and go to it. Frame in a thrifted frame. This frame is one I picked up at IKEA. I always stock up on cheap frames when I’m in the vicinity of an IKEA.
Find some actual fine art
The painting on the left is an oil I painted in college, I was an art major and we did very academic still-life paintings. I liked to paint memories into my still-lifes by including batiks I had purchased in Bali. This painting used to hang alone on our dining room wall, but it now looks more homey as a set of three. If you were not also an art major – what about asking a friend who you know paints or does artwork if they have any pieces they’d be willing to part with? They may feel honored that you’d be interested in your artwork, and give up a piece for free or on loan! (I’m saying that because I have personally given up artwork in that scenario. What else do you do with a pile of still-life paintings from college?)
Do you have any creative ways of finding artwork for your wall? I’d love to hear! I hope you feel inspired to go out hunting for some unique artwork to create a few gallery walls.