As you all probably know by now I love vintage stuff. But oftentimes I’ll pick something up just because I’m drawn to it, but I’ll have no idea what I’m going to do with it. So, I have a little trick up my sleeve and it’s this …
when all else fails, hang it on the wall
I really am not all that good at figuring out how to decorate my walls. At least not in a traditional sense. I don’t have any fabulous art hanging anywhere. Instead, I hang quirky vintage items.
For example, I purchased this fabulous toy hand truck (dolly) at Junk Bonanza. I loved the patina of the red metal, and the very worn black wheels. It was a splurge for me, but you know how I love my toy sized stuff! This little dolly is about 2 1/2 feet tall. After wandering around my house with it for several weeks wondering where to put it, I finally remembered … when all else fails, hang it on the wall! It makes a clever little shelf for my dad’s old Tarzan books.
This old swing set seat that I purchased a while back makes a great magnet board when it’s hung on the wall.
I purchased this vintage India game board many years ago on eBay. Hanging old games boards on the wall is a great way to admire their charm on a daily basis. I used the 3M Command large picture hanging strips to hang the game board, the box lid and even the little number spinner.
Another favorite of mine is to turn child sized vintage folding chairs into chalkboards to hang on the wall. This one hangs in my kitchen.
As a furniture painter, I sometimes have parts left over from furniture that I upcycle like old mirror frames. This frame was one of the very first things I ever painted in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint. It was left over from a dresser and I decided to use it as practice. I painted it in Artissimo first, but many months later I added a coat of Kitchen Scale. Now it hangs over my sofa with a map of Paris tacked to the wall inside it.
Small kid sized chairs are also perfect for hanging on the wall.
And painted shoe trees can be hung on the wall as well.
Even old metal boxes can be hung on the wall.
So tell me, do you have something unique hanging on your walls? If not, I challenge you to give it a try!