Shutter Wall Art – Changing Seasons

IMG_9734[2]web
Since I put up my DIY shutter art last year, I’ve been itching to do something with it to make it a little less plain. We all know I love taking pictures, so putting pictures on it was inevitable.

This is how it looked for a few months after I hung them up; plain jane.
IMG_4844[2]web
You can view my post about the shutter art here.

During Christmas I wanted to hang up our Christmas cards from family and friends and display them. I’ve always loved the idea of using them as garland and hanging from a mantle. But since we don’t have a mantle, I thought stringing them up on the shutters would bring a little Christmas cheer to that corner. It balanced everything out in the living room wonderfully!
IMG_9648[2]web I left the Christmas cards up until yesterday(eek!), when I got my order of photos from Nations Photo Lab in the mail! They had an amazing sale last week, 50% off everything! I got around 100 4×6 prints, 10 5×7’s, 20 5×5’s (for my shutter collage), and 3 enlargements to update my gallery wall (8×10, 12×16, and a 16×20) for $57! I love my professional printing company. I am never disappointed!

So yesterday I took to it. Taking down the Christmas cards from last year, and putting up some of my favorite photos from our family trip to Florida. My sweet baby niece made 4 of the photos, which was 3 more than anyone else. I think I love her a little. :)
IMG_9713[2]web
Simple, springy, and has some of my favorite people on it. Piofect!

IMG_9700[2]web

IMG_9729[2]web Sweet punkin baby. I miss that little face. I got the adorable mini clothes pins on Amazon. They are perfect for cards and photos. Sometimes something so simple ends up being my favorite part of my decor.

IMG_9727[2]web

I can change it whenever I feel like it, and if you know me at all, I’m always moving around my decor and finding better spots for things. So this is right up my alley!

Christmas:
IMG_9648[2]web

Spring:
IMG_9713[2]web

I considered placing photos randomly in the slots of the shutters, but I decided that might be too busy.

Does anyone have any other ideas on how I could decorate my shutters? I’d love to hear them!

It Makes Me Shutter – DIY Shutter Wall Art

A while back I was given a pair of shutters from one of my husbands work buddies. Of course I wanted to hang them in the house somewhere (the place where shutters truly belong :) ).

I’m completely in awe of this shutter wall over at Olive and Love.
shutterwall

My first reaction upon seeing this for the first time…
drwho
(Had to throw in a Dr. Who reference. No explanation needed.)

Yes. And I seriously considered doing the exact same thing. SOMEWHERE, in my house. But I had no idea where. They would make great wainscoting, am I right?!

Since I am impatient, and hadn’t found anymore shutters for free or cheap to fill a whole wall, I decided to just paint mine and hang them to create a big piece of art to fill an awkward space I have.

IMG_4789[2]web
Here is that awkward wall.

I just feel uncomfortable looking at it.

This is what I had up there before…
644291_10200454804114261_962944983_n
Unmatted, unmatching frames. It really was too busy, and on the opposite wall, there were none of these colors. It was a good “for now” decor until I figured out what to do. It got old fast.

IMG_4790[2]web
Excuse my mess. But as you can see, the wall is a tricky thing since the couch can’t be centered. The collage I had up there before threw the balance off. One clean piece of art was what it needed.

IMG_4788[2]web
So I pulled these out of the attic, wiped them down, and again, got out my awesome Martha Stewart gold metallic paint(I swear I’m not paid to blog about it), and I painted the shutters.

Simple Simon.

IMG_4791[2]web
My goal was just a thin coat. Sort of rustic meets shabby chic.

Then, I gave the second one a thin coat, and let them dry.

I took down those two white shelves, drilled some screws into studs, and hung those babies up!

IMG_4851[2]web

IMG_4844[2]web
I’m thinking of hanging a cute wreath in the middle, like this. I could also slip little snap shots in the shutters like this, but that may make it look too busy. I don’t want it to distract from my gallery wall focal point on the opposite wall.

IMG_4906[2]web
No sooner do I finish a project, do I see something else that needs to be updated. Like that blue lamp. Love the lamp, hate the color. I’m wondering if I could paint it with some glass paint, but I don’t want it to lose it’s value. It’s an antique my grandma has had forever.

We will see!