Saturday, April 19, 2014

Spring Wall Art

Sometimes it pays off to be a tiny bit of a hoarder. When we bought our house 11 years ago, one of the first things we did was rip cupboards out of the laundry room. We used a couple upstairs for a while, in my oldest son's room, but most were rather ick, and burned in the backyard. Still, even though these doors were cheap, I did like the basic look of them and stashed them in different places through the years, taking them out, eyeballing them, putting them away again. They were a funny green at the time - the last owners had a serious thing for every weird shade of green. Fast forward a decade, and I found Ella Claire Inspired , and fell in love with her gallery wall art, made with mouse traps! I immediately thought of these doors and finally made my own version. I love how they turned out, and I love being able to quickly change out pictures. There are so many pretty pictures, funny sayings, wonderful bible verses, and quotes, that my walls couldn't hold them all, and now I can just switch them out!

 I lucked out, and had "painted" numbers on scrapbook paper, so I just cut them out and glued them to the mousetraps after following Kristen's directions up until that point. Although the images for #1 and #2 are from The Graphics Fairy, The lettering for Spring, I did on my own (with the help of my 11 year old, haha!). The little bird on top is a stamp I already had. The actual paper is from Goodwill, a big stack of wonderful children's writing paper, in a lovely shade - though the above one shows my overdose of spray adhesive after being knocked down. One of these days I will screw the tops to the wall to anchor them. This is all on the top of the piano, a favorite place for kitties to curl up in the winter.

I do not remember where I got this nest, I have had it for many years now! I recently bought the roll of tickets at Goodwill - I love the faded brown color the purple has faded to - you can see where the rubberband used to be. I filled the birdcage (also a Goodwill find) with a couple packs of dollar tree plastic eggs that I painted. Actually, the bird was even a dollar tree purchase from several years ago.

These candle holders were a wedding gift, and were originally a metal look that I later painted to brighten up. They developed rust after leaving them out all summer, and although I keep putting them in the giveaway pile, they haven't made their way to Goodwill yet. I then saw these (at this point I can NOT find the blog I found them on, and I will the link in when I do!) mossy eggs and already had these giant plastic eggs and moss from...Dollar Tree. The ladies on the blog I found and lost used sheet moss on styrofoam eggs. My moss was loose instead of sheets, so I sprayed the eggs with green paint first, then brushed glue onto the eggs and packed handfuls of moss onto them. I also used a plastic bag to smush (technical word) the moss down. *edited - I found them! Heather from At The Picket Fence is the one who made the ones I saw. 

I really like how everything turned out, and I'm so happy to be finishing up some projects and sharing them!

Linking up to: Party Junk ,  Thrifty Life Thursday


  1. You have done such an amazing and creative job here-I LOVE it! And I love your resourcefulness--those old cupboard doors! I wouldn't have thought of using them to display postcards and pictures the way you've done here. Everything just looks great together, just love it!!! x

    1. Thank you! It feels so good to be getting some areas of our home "finished" enough to share!

  2. As always, you have wonderful ideas here Michelle! It’s already summer in our place, yet I love the idea of spring. It’s wonderful to have such theme design, I never expected that a cupboard doors can be a center of an idea! Cool!

    Sebastian of
    Bali Hut Super Store

    1. Thank you! I tell you what, blogging has been unexpectedly fun, in that I get to show my kids some fun differences around the world - like the seasons! It blew them away to find out that when we're having cold, wet, sometimes snowy Christmases, others always have hot, sunny Christmas. It's one thing to tell them the facts, and another to go to someones blog and show them!

  3. I love the way these came out! I'm a fellow hoarder of all things with "possibilities." Thanks for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday! You'll be featured tonight...