Hey, hey, everyone! How are you? Today I’m going to show you how I filled our wall with cheap wall art. Most of it was either downloadable or I made it myself. Here’s the thing, guys. There are quite a few amazing places to find relatively inexpensive and high-quality art prints online. (Find my source list here.) But. I’m saving for things that NEED replaced, like a new lawn mower and a couch that doesn’t have to be slipcovered because the dog ate the bottom of it. New artwork is not critical.
All the same, I’ve been bugged by the feel of some of the things in our space. I like a mix of industrial, farmhouse, traditional and modern things. But if our house starts to feel like too much of one of those styles, I get itchy. I really need it to be a balance of all four. I don’t know why I care about this stuff. I’m aware it’s just stuff; but, the way I feel in our home is super-important to my well-being. I think that’s true for most of us, which is why I love doing what I do.
Anyway, cutting to the chase, I found this original oil painting of a barn landscape–which I’m a sucker for–at HomeGoods.
I loved the colors, and especially the authenticity of it. I didn’t know HomeGoods carried original art work, did you? Look at the texture.
I thought it would look nice in our dining room on our paneled wall, which has been artless forever.
I flanked it with two candle sconces that I’ve held onto for years, hoping I’d find a place for them someday. (Yes, I know they need candles.)
Now that we finally had new art in the dining room, I turned my attention to the picture ledge in the next room. Years ago, my husband built this ledge, and it’s really been the focal point of our family room ever since. But I hadn’t changed the artwork on it since we originally installed it. Here’s the old artwork.
And here’s the new mix.
The DIY silhouettes of our girls remain. I can’t let these go yet. But I removed the old-fashioned mats from some of the others and tried to add in a more modern mix of prints. I got the number canvas from Tuesday Morning. The rest I downloaded from generous bloggers offering free PDFs.
This last one I love. It’s just an image of Monet’s Three Fishing Boats I downloaded and printed from the web for our enjoyment.
So, I feel it still needs some tweaking. Maybe it’s too blue and green? I think another color might be good to add in. I’m open to suggestions! Let me know what you think would put this over the top!
In the meantime, here are some other art-related posts you might like.