Thursday, February 17, 2011

Dining Room ART

Here's the situation:
Big Wall  to fill, very low budget to fill it, and no artistic skill of my own. I LOVE Ikea's Ribba Frames, and for two huge frames the Price was reasonable ($35 each). So next I just had to figure out what to put in them.

I wanted something very simple, something that didn't scream LOOK AT ME!!! But something that said "Here I am aren't I pretty" hehe Nothing with too much color, nothing that clashed with the rest of the team room. Also, because we're working with a "great room", totally open concept, it had to play nice with not only the dining room furniture, but the living room furniture, the kitchen and because you can see the dining room from the library it also needed to compliment the library. Not to mention the fact that each picture would have to match the other in some way. 
My first thought was to take a couple of photos, blow them up and frame them, but . . . our local photo lab wanted $60 a picture. Which would bring each piece up to $95 plus tax. That's over $200 for dining room art.
So I turned my attention to Wall Decals!
I found this one at Target it was $12.99 and it was the perfect size to fit in the frames with the mats.


I took the wall decal cut it into two parts one side is 2/3rds and the other is 1/3.
Then I bought two sheets of poster board, at 89cents each.
Peeled the decal off, stuck it to the poster board and for less the $8.50 each we have art for the dining room.


Here's the close up:


I'm hoping to find some accent dishes for our dining room reveal so assuming the shopping gods are smiling on me this weekend, we should have a dining room reveal next week :)

And tomorrow a twist on our Flowers on Friday, we're going to do House Plants from around The Manor. A reader asked which plants we have hanging around here and I can't wait to share :)

39 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic, affordable and stylish solution! Love it!

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  2. What a wonderful solution, I do believe you met all your goals for the art! Janell

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  3. That looks great! Such a thrifty idea to use the wall decals. I love it!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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  4. I don't know if you have a Costco's in Canada but they have great prices on large photo prints. I got a 16x20 enlargement for under $10. You might be able to order online and have it shipped to you. But I LOVE the tree decals, so fresh and simple!
    RSM

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  5. I happen to have a large wall in need of some love too..... i'm SO doing this. You are a genius!

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  6. Love it, Ashli! I agree with Melissa--you are a genius!
    Sindy :)

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  7. That's an awesome and inexpensive couple of pieces of art!

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  8. Well done Ashli! They are perfect!

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  9. What a great idea to frame the decals! Love it! Can't wait till we get a Target here in Canada! When I lived in Virginia, I shopped there weekly!

    Superstore has had some cute wall decals for kids rooms that would awesome to frame as well!

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  10. Love the idea! Looks great!

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  11. seriously fabulous!!!!
    What a great idea, love it!! So pretty too :)
    XO

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  12. What a clever idea! I love the beautiful simplicity of the decal!

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  13. Just looooove this! You knocked it out of the park, girl!!!!

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  14. clever, clever girl! looks great...and is perfect for the space!

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  15. Your art looks amazing! I love it! So simple, but so chic. =]

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  16. I've been following your blog for the past few months now. LOVE IT! You are amazing. I'm especially enamored of your awesome library. (I'm a book-a-holic myself and have oodles of bookshelves throughout the house. My husband calls it "expensive wallpaper.") :) I've never commented on your blog before but I just have to say, your dining room art is genius! What a fabulous idea! Good heavens, who would've ever guessed that something so simple would look so fabulous! You, obviously! :)

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  17. Those turned out fabulous. I will have to keep it in mind for a future project.

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  18. Okay, I am so stealing this one from you!! Guess another trip to Ikea and Target are on for this weekend!! LOL Can't wait to see it all together. And, I am looking forward to the house plant post tomorrow. I just repotted my orchid-fingers crossed!!

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  19. You are so amazing! This is absolutely genius. I have been following your blog for only a few months now and can't wait to see what you will do next and I love that you decorate on a budget. To me that makes everything even more special. I thought the library curtains were the most creative idea but now you have even surpassed that! Looking forward to the post tomorrow on houseplants. I am exploring new ideas with houseplants this week. Thanks for sharing your new home with others!

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  20. pretty pretty pretty! You are so smrt!

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  21. Wow, super cute, I think i will send you a pic of my bedroom and you can tell me what to do! Deal?

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  22. These turned out great! I would never have thought of this! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Genius! I would have never thought of something like this. And even if I had, I would have done something boring like cut the mural in half. Great job!

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  24. I love hearing about your stylish decorating on a budget by thinking outside the box. The decals look like amazing pieces of art. I will definately be giving this one a go and yes IKEA have the best frames. Love the Ribba ones. Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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  25. just wondering if you could tell me the name of the color on your walls for the dinning room?
    thanks so much :D
    papertemptation@gmail.com

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  26. The Dining Room wall color is
    Mourning Dove by Martha Stewart
    Here's a link to the post I did about the Color!
    You can see it in a couple different lights and rooms
    http://www.maillardvillemanor.com/2010/12/paint-color.html
    hope that helps

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  27. Thanks everyone :)
    RSM-we do have costco's in Canada I didn't even think to check out their prices, I'll definitely keep that in mind for next time!
    Thanks

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  28. Such an out-of-the-box idea Ashli! While I think it's a great idea to use a decal to make art like this, the real creativity came in spliting the one decal between the 2 frames... and a 1/3, 2/3 split at that(!)... it makes your dining room art not just creative but very unique!
    Fantastic work!!
    Victoria

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  29. I LOVE this idea!! looks fantastic!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post up on my I'm Lovin' It wrap up!! http://tidymom.net/2011/im-lovin-it-wrap-up-2-20-11/

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  30. Wow, what an awesome and creative idea!

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  31. Beautiful..... What size are the frames

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  32. Thanks Brockey!
    The frame sizes are 28 5/8 wide and 40 3/8 long.
    Here's the link to the site: Hope it helps
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/70134633
    Lots of love
    A

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  33. The Ikea website doesn't have the picture dimensions. May I ask what size picture they take?
    Genius idea.
    CM

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  34. Thanks CM
    The picture dimensions are:
    19 1/4 " by 27 1/4 "
    Hope that helps :)

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  35. That does help. Thank you! I enjoy your excellent taste daily.
    CM from Edmonds, WA

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  36. I've put together a round up of great wall art ieas on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/25-awesome-wall-art-ideas/

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  37. That was just plain brilliant...and what a fantastic look!

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