Fill Your Walls With 'Fixer Upper'-Inspired Artwork: 11 Easy-to-Copy Looks
No matter how stylish your furnishings and snazzy your floor coverings, if your walls are bare, your decor can feel, well, blah. The good news is that covering your walls doesn’t have to break the bank. Fixer Upper duo Joanna and Chip show us that with a little imagination, blank walls can be transformed easily.
Try Customized Quote Art
Do you have a favorite quote? How about some words or a phrase that means something to you? Make those a part of your home décor. Paint those words on a blank canvas, stencil the words directly on the wall or buy a pre-made work of art with your family’s special phrase.
Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines completely transformed the Jonklaasâ kitchen by removing the wall to the dining room and creating a more open flow to the space. A new natural stone backsplash, stainless steel appliances and fixtures were installed. A chalk board with tonight's dinner menu hangs between the kitchen and dining room, as seen on HGTVâs Fixer Upper. (after)
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Add a Chalkboard
A chalkboard is a fun way to not only fill the walls, but also communicate with the family. Joanna uses as chalkboard in a kitchen to list the menu for the evening. We also love chalkboards in the playroom with reminders or in the family room with a sweet saying, such as “God Bless This Mess.”
Modernize Flea Market Maps
Scour a few tag sales, thrift stores or flea markets and you are sure to find old photographs and maps that speak to you. Ever wonder what to do with them, though? Joanna loves using these treasures as wall hangings. Make the display more modern by using inexpensive frames to divide the map or photos up, making a multi-frame collage.
The Jonklaasâ new dining room has a fresh start, with new hardwood floors replacing the old blue carpet. Host Chip and Joanna Gaines removed the wall connecting the dining room to the kitchen, creating a more open feel to the space. The walls were painted light grayish-blue, a subtle wooden window trim was added, and a new chandelier illuminates the dining table. Metal letters spelling the word âhomeâ hang near the breakfast bar, shared with adjoining kitchen, as seen on HGTVâs Fixer Upper. (After 7)
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Spell It Out
Using vintage letters (found at nearly every flea market), decorate a wall with a word or words that hold meaning to your family. Choose to hang the letters spelling out your last name, or try words like “home,” “love,” “play,” or even “eat” for the kitchen. You can also hang the letters of your family monogram for a fun décor twist.
Hang a Frame
Don’t toss a perfectly framed painting (or overlook one at a flea market) just because the actual artwork isn’t your taste. The frame itself can often be used as the wall hanging, sans the canvas or painting in the frame.
Add Some Shine + Glitz
While mirrors serve an obvious purpose when it comes to fixing your hair or applying makeup, they also shine when it comes to sprucing up a bare wall. Plus, mirrors can be found easily, and with an affordable price tag. Whether vintage or painted a favorite hue, mirrors open up a room by giving the illusion of depth to a flat wall.
Make a Big Impact With Oversized Clocks
There’s no time like the present to use an oversized clock as wall decor. Find an old one at a flea market, or choose a new one simply made to look vintage. If the clock isn’t actually functioning, set it to a time that’s meaningful to your family.
Add Character With Recycled Decor
A rusty and weathered gate or door might not serve its function anymore, but that simply means it now can be art. Save architectural remnants from the recycling pile and hang them as wall décor, or even a headboard over a bed.
Hang Vintage Numbers
Turn your lucky number into a work of art. Vintage advertising numbers and signs, or a blank canvas painted with a bold number, make for simple, yet fun, wall filler.
Display a Collection
When one small item isn’t enough to make a statement, collect a handful and the impact is far greater. Average-sized mirrors, clocks, paintings or picture frames hung together, as a grouping, make for an easy and attractive way to fill a big space.
Use Windows as Wall Art
Don’t ignore an old, shabby window just because the paint is peeling, the frame is cracked or the glass is broken. This is a DIY opportunity to reuse! Incorporate a window frame into your décor by using it as art work. Hang it with or without the glass, and the rougher the paint, the better!
Frame More Than Just Artwork
Alphabet Wall Art
Copy This Look: Love typography art? Skip the single letter statement and spring for a gallery wall full of thrifted or new letters. For a collected look, use letters with a variety of colors and textures.
Spell Out a Meaningful Quote
Copy This Look: A custom black metal sign with a positive message greets guests in this entry space. Have a saying your family loves? Get a sign custom-made, or paint wooden letters to spell it out.
Mount Your Wreath With Style
Copy This Look: A wreath mounted on a piece of decorative iron fencing becomes a focal point in this room; Use long-lasting magnolia or eucalyptus leaves for a touch of greenery.
Copy This Look: Joanna Gaines accesorized the dining area with a banner displaying the word "kitchen" in a dozen languages. For a similar look, stencil a piece of black oilcloth with your favorite international word or phrase.
Find a Structural Piece With a Story
Copy This Look: Scour your local architectural salvage for a structural piece that can double as artwork. Hang it as a backdrop for accent pieces, like the metal vase filled with olive branches that Joanna selected.
Copy This Look: For a large-scale art piece, Joanna filled a whole wall with a vintage wooden store sign. If you can't live without this one-of-a-kind find, try recreating the look with salvaged wood.
Grocery Store Decor
Copy This Look: Scour flea markets for large original grocery store signs, or visit your local rustic decor store for a vintage-inspired replica.
Chalkboards Go Green
Copy This Look: Chalkboard paint is having a moment, but green, classroom-style chalkboards offer more of a vintage vibe. Hang a large one behind the sofa and draw an easy-to change piece of art.
Use Glass Jars for Inexpensive Vases
Copy This Look: Use food coloring to dye plain glass jars a vintage-style green, or buy pre-dyed glasses at your local craft store. Make them into a hanging focal point by wrapping the lip with floral wire and filling with your favorite dried flower, like the baby's breath Joanna used here.
Embrace Clock Decor
Copy This Look: Visit your local vintage store and stock up on vintage-style clocks for a unique gallery wall perfect for a breakfast nook or dining area.
Handmade Paper Adds Texture on the Walls
Rustic Entryway Wall Shelf
Book Decor Adds Modern Texture
Copy This Look: These unique wood and metal shelves are useful and decorative storage pieces. Here, Joanna displays books backwards to emphasize their aged ivory pages.
Try a Faux Mantel
Copy This Look: No fireplace? No problem! Scour flea markets and architectural salvage shops for a mantel with a story instead. Here, Joanna added a clock, books and flowers to create a warm vignette, sans fire.
Go Big With Salvaged Wall Art
Ceiling Medallions Add Style on the Walls
Copy This Look: This stunning mantel centerpiece began its life as a ceiling medallion. To recreate this look at home, find an inexpensive medallion at your local home improvement store, then paint or stain to match your home's decor.
Decorative Vintage Doors
Copy This Look: These vintage doors, chosen by designers Chip and Joanna Gaines, add a touch of architecture and elegance to this living room. To recreate the look, find a matching set of doors with a glass detail at your local architectural salvage shop.