Style Files: Pictures for Pennies

21 Jul

There are few things I find more enjoyment in than decorating on a dime. I love sniffing out those clearance deals from the bottom of bargain bins in my regular stores – Hobby Lobby, Kirkland’s and Garden Ridge. I’ve been fortunate to find a number of gems over the past few months as I took on the task of decorating our new home, and I’ll share them through this Style Files series of posts.

Today’s Tip: Pictures for Pennies

Challenge: I had a big, empty wall in the stairway and a lot of family pictures I wanted to display.

Solution: I decided that the best way to cover a fairly wide (and tall!) wall would be to use some sort of artwork or photographs. I had several 8×10 photos from our wedding that I wanted to showcase, so I decided to create a grid of frames on the wall, similar to this design that served as my inspiration (via the Young House Love blog):

After an intensive search, I was disappointed at the price of 11×14 picture frames. Even with 50% off at Hobby Lobby, they were still $25 a piece, and I had no intention of spending that much. Then, last weekend, I stumbled upon a fantastic find at Kirkland’s – 2-packs of pre-framed artwork on sale for $12.

Then, I found pre-cut mats at Hobby Lobby 50% off for $1.50 each. Last, I needed 3 more 8x10s to make 8 total – $2.99 a piece. So, with a little elbow grease and some scotch tape, I created an accent wall for around $70. Here are the results:

Photographs arranged in a grid pattern

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One Response to “Style Files: Pictures for Pennies”

  1. Dad July 26, 2011 at 10:46 pm #

    wow! very creative & w/ excellent results!! I’m impressed! Love

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