Wednesday, June 15, 2011

My Thrifty Gallery Wall

Well as I have said over and over again without showing you before, I have re-done our living room on the CHEAP!  One area I am very happy with is my gallery wall.  This is a room that has many functions and requires a lot of furniture so there is not a lot of wall space left for my pretties.  So after seeing all the beautiful displays at The Inspired Room gallery wall party and at Nester's, I decided to take the plunge.
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Everything up here has meaning to me.  It was also all bought very inexpensively, I made it or it was something that I had that I re-did.
The large mirror was from an auction at a mansion that was built by Theodore Roosevelt’s secretary of war.  It was originally gold.  I paid $7.50 for it.  It was especially nice because my husband and I went to the auction for our anniversary……without the kids!
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This was a frame that I picked up at a yard sale for .50 cents that I painted.  It had no back so I cut a piece of cardboard to fit it and cut a piece of a worn vintage tablecloth for the inside.  The mirrored bird came in a set of three with three words as well for $7.50 they were on clearance at Marshalls.
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The vintage postcard is of Thousands Islands.  My husband and I had our honeymoon there.  I made the rope ball.  The shelf used to be gold, it came from the thrift store.  I got a pair of them for .99 cents.
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This is a quote from my favorite author, Jane Austin.  The frame is from the thrift store.  It was 2.99.
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The clock was the one we had.  I took a vintage history book I bought at an estate sale for $1.00 and decoupaged  a few of the pages to it.  The ironstone platter was $2.00 at a yard sale and I cut out the vinyl with my Cricut.
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The vintage letter “B” came in a set of 3 (another larger B and a R) for $5.00.  It came from the flea market in Brooklyn that Nate Berkus mentions here.  I made the small mirror with a thrift store mirror, some paint and a stencil.    All the framed pictures of my children I have bought at yard sales for under a dollar each and then painted.
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More vintage postcards.  These are of New York City.  Our favorite vacation destination.  The quilt was $15.00 at a estate sale.  They are hanging from an old crib rail.  You can read more about what I did with the rest of the crib here and here.
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This is the page of a map of Europe that I got in an atlas for $1.00.
Well I hope you like my gallery wall as much as I do.
Linking up to:
Thrfty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville

Beyond the Picket Fence under $100 party


  1. Interesting collection...I especially like the idea of the tablecloth in the turquoise frame. Lovely!

  2. I think my favorite part of this wonderful gallery wall is the vintage postcards with the crib rail.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. The color I used is called Glimmer Mist. But, since it's very expensive. I make my own using a small spray bottle, liquid watercolor from Dick Blick (cheap and lasts forever) water and perfect pearls. I have a lifetime supply for the cost of three purchased bottles. You can also add reinker to a spray bottle of water for the same effect.

    Nice to "meet" you, Michelle.



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