A current decorating project has left my mind full of how to address “the elephant” in the room. In this case meaning a large empty wall above a low rise child’s bed. The budget is being spent on necessities like new bedding, curtains, paint, and some framed art for the opposite wall and there is little money left to address this blank canvas. Here is an accumulation of ideas for how to decorate “the elephant” in the room for under $50.
We are currently leaning towards tying up a couple strands of gross grain ribbon and attaching laminated second hand comic book pictures to it.
If you have a bit of an artistic streak a few $7 spray cans can make a huge impact.
A strand of lights spelling a word like “love” is simple and beautiful.
Stencils are always a great option but not everyone is cut out for the work involved in a full wall stencil. Some simple stenciled birds can add a whimsical touch and is easier (and much cheaper- $20ish) than a full wall stencil.
I recently saw this indoor climbing wall on Leave It to Bryan (ignore the stencil, it’ll run you $100). Not for parents who are faint of heart but what little kid wouldn’t love to be able to climb their walls? Check out Ebay for some killer deals.
A collection of vintage plates from the thrift store makes a charming vignette.
Wall decals can be expensive but if you search you can find ones for under $50 on Etsy or at stores like Lowes.
These book ledges are sold at Ikea for $15 each. Create a focal point with some attractive books and save room as well.
Making and attaching a simple frame to the wall then filling it in with magnetic paint is a great way for your child to display favorite pictures.
Stretching some inexpensive fabric onto a large homemade frame and stapling it in place can create instant wall art.
If you are short on closet space why not display your finest as wall art. A perfect idea for a little girl’s nursery.
An inexpensive gallery wall can be made from collecting cheap frames from thrift stores and filling them with pictures from second-hand books. The frames can be painted if you want to unify them.
To put together a wall of vintage mirrors for $50 would take some time and patience but with Craigslist, thrift stores, and garage sale finds, it is possible. This would be beautiful in a girl’s room young or old.
These are only a few of the many, many routes you could take to inexpensively address a large blank wall. As you can see from the pictures, these ideas are not all limited to use in a child’s bedroom but can make a statement in any room that needs some pizzazz. I’ll be sure to post pictures of this project when it is done, including the budget breakdown for our wall art.
As I have mentioned before, I am on a quest to add more colour to my home. I was recently inspired during my class on background coverings by the idea of 3D wall art.
not the best picture but you get the idea: it’s a tree, it’s 3D.
I don’t want a tree plastered on my wall but it gave me an idea to add dimension and colour to the cherry blossom tree decal on the wall in my kid’s play area. Here is a before picture:
Before: kids playroom/craft area
I have since used some extra cloud white paint to paint these two walls. I also shifted the kitchen to another wall and bought this clean lined chest of drawers from Ikea to add both toy storage and storage for my craft and sewing supplies.
I had started considering buying a fancy, more colourful wall decal for this area but to save money I decided to work with what I had. I bought a $8 stem of fake red flowers from the craft store and by plucking the flowers and attaching them to the existing decal I was able to add dimension and a pop of my accent colour.
Not that they are really comparable to real flowers but I still think I will be a bit less bummed when my flowers die.
After. My next colour pop will be painting the wood of the kid’s table, just haven’t decided on a colour yet.
Eating crayons. Because that’s what he does.
This project was as simple as sewing two flowers together with embroidery floss and using double sided mounting strips to attach them to the wall. If you don’t happen to have a needle or thread, a hot glue gun will do just as well.
I’m not such a fan of faux flowers that I would use them outside of an area meant for children, but as this is the play area…I’m loving it!
Note:another fun baby room project with faux flowers are baby mobiles. See below the one I made for my daughter’s first nursery.
I mentioned previously that we have a lot of blank wall space in our home at the moment. One room particularly suffering from this blandness was the play area adjacent to the kitchen. I haven’t done any decorating in this room yet and my big plans will have to wait for the future. However, I wanted to make it a bit more friendly and inviting for the present.
I originally wanted the wall papered but let’s be honest: crafts, crayons, glue…don’t exactly jive with wallpaper. Instead I started looking into wall decals. There are several sites on etsy, like Cuma, that sell gorgeous, elaborate, and very expensive decals which I don’t want to spend money on at the moment. While I was shopping for lights at Lowes, my daughter pulled me over to look at the “big stickers”. While I wasn’t too keen on the large, bright pink hearts she gravitated towards, these neutral grey blossoms caught my eye. This room is in the main part of the house and I didn’t want anything too juvenile on the walls. These blossoms hit the mark.
kids playroom/craft area
This room still needs a lot of work but this lovely decal fills up some of the blank space and gives the room the inexpensive bit of pretty I was looking for.
Some tips on hanging wall decals:
– Do it when your kids are asleep or they will want to “help”
– Read the directions before starting to stick (it really would have helped with the cat hair situation to clean the wall first)
– Pop out the parts of the decals without taking off the backing and lay them out on the floor to figure out just how you would like the parts placed and then proceed to peel the backing off and stick them on the wall (I did a lot of tedious sticking and unsticking to get it just so)