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Stainless steel platters, outdated Avon recipe plates, cast iron owl trivets...stuff you might just throw away, or transform like I did!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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  1. Love the idea! I can't wait till I have my own home.

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

  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.

  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! :-)

    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!

  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! ;)

    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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