May 8, 2014

Statement Wall... In a Bathroom?

By Cate

It's just a bathroom - why bother?  Well I don't know about you, but I don't enjoy hanging out in unhappy places and the bathroom is just one of those spots you end up spending more of your day in than you'd think.  Thus after many weeks of using a sad and dreary toilet nook, I realized it needed sprucing or I'd be at risk of a permanent depression.  I didn't want to break the bank and I didn't want to hang anything irreplaceable that might succumb to steamy shower damage so naturally I started with IKEA.  

Here's my {not-so} secret formula: IKEA frames + FREE downloaded Art = affordable statement wall!

All of the prints were downloaded {FOR FREE} and printed at our local staples for about 50¢ a page.  We don't have a home printer, but let's face it: even if we did, quality of ink, the image resolution, and the color vibrancy is way better on those industrial copy machines.  If over time the art suffers from excess moisture, then I can always print more and replace!

The "Plumes" printable was one of my favorites.  You can get these prints and more from Graphics Fairy.

I liked the look of Chelsea's all-white dining room gallery wall {found here on her Gallery Wall Refresh post from last winter} so I kept my shopping monochromatic.  Some frames were rather large and unusual sizes to mat to letter-sized paper so I tore the trim off the printed pdf to get a more authentic "vintage print" look than the factory-edge paper.  I mounted it on some kraft wrapping paper I cut to fit the frame: giving my all-white frames some textural interest.

{ok, let's break it down}
1 11.75x15.75 {8x10 mat} - $10
2 8x10 {5x7 mat} - $5ea 
2 4x6 {3x4 mat} - $2ea
2 13.5x17.25 - $4ea
4 8.7x11 {Document Frame} - $2ea
1 {pack of 2} 5x7 - $4  
1 11.75x15.75 {8x10 mat} - $8
1 4x6 {3x5 mat} - $2

1 8x10 {5x7 mat} - $7
1 4x6 {3x5 mat} - $4

All for a grand total of $65!

The pair of gold 3D art are simply two thrift store frames hung around floating objects.
{The top one is actually a gold broach in the shape of a feather.}

Here's a quick look at the rest of the bathroom.  As you can see I hung two more framed prints by the sink.
My {NEW} Happy Place!

What's your happy place?

~ Cate


  1. This is such a fun idea, and the pictures are so bright and colorful. I did a post a few weeks ago about how everyone has a happy place. Mine is by a particular chair in my living room, right by the front window. I can see how you love the vibrant colors and nature brought indoors with this feature wall.

  2. Thank you for sharing! What's your blog I'd love to check it out

    1. Emily has a fantastic blog called Our house, now a home, I think I found her by stumbling across her amazing kitchen reno during a google search. The rest is history. :) She's super creative and I love following her projects.