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September 26, 2012

Trash To Treasure Gallery Wall






This summer I worked on remodeling my bathroom by adding a fresh coat of paint, a new mirror, lighting and as a finishing touch, a colorful gallery wall. Can you believe everything I used came from thrift store junk? I choose the pieces that had an interesting shape and the potential for prettiness-because I know what paint can do!

Below is everything I used to create the look above: 
Stainless steel platters, outdated Avon recipe plates, cast iron owl trivets...stuff you might just throw away, or transform like I did!


Here's what I did to create my gallery wall: 





First, I spray painted the owls white and gray for an updated look, adding yellow eyes for fun.






 I figured out how to create a brushed metal look on my platters by using Martha Stewart multi-surface metallic craft paint. It worked great to tone down the shiny surface.


Then I cut out some fun shapes out of patterned wrapping paper to Mod Podge to the plates.


I also added some "bathroom humor" by cutting out dictionary pages with words like "cleanable" and "bathrobe"and Mod Podged those to the plates too. 


I was happy with the colorful finished look of my platters. 



Finally, I painted the octagon-shaped plates with aqua paint. Then, I stenciled monograms and numbers to burlap that I cut out into an octagon shape. 


I Mod Podged some gauzey fabric over the plates, then glued and Mod Podged the monogrammed fabric to the middle to finish.  


 After attaching everything to the wall with mounting tape, I was finished with my bathroom gallery wall! Costing only around $10 to make from random thrift store finds!


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I love my updated bathroom and can't wait to reveal the whole before and after post here on the blog. The last thing I have to do is paint my door a bright pop of tangerine orange and it will be done! Stay tuned for the final reveal...and a few fall projects coming soon too!

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7 comments:

  1. Love the idea! I can't wait till I have my own home.

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    1. Thanks Justina! I remember daydreaming about owning a home and it's been so much fun doing what I want with my home!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 3 post on Sep. 27, 2012. Thanks again.

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  3. Nice! I remember shopping with your and finding those owls! Yeah! They look awesome! Very nice job! Cant wait to see you guys again! :-)

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    1. Thanks Enid! It was fun thrifting with you. At the time, I had no idea what I would do with the owls. Can't wait to see you again either!

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  4. Those owls are the cutest! It is amazing all of the wonderful things you can find at thrift stores. Also, thanks for visiting my blog today. I am following you back! ;)

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    1. Thanks! I am for sure a regular thriftier and always on the lookout for owls like yours and mine :) thanks for the follow back! looking forward to seeing what you make again!

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