43 'Fixer Upper'-Inspired Ways to Fill Blank Walls

One of Chip and Joanna's renovation superpowers? Filling the walls of every 'Fixer Upper' home with unique wall art. Get inspired by their best ideas to fill those blank walls.

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October 30, 2015
By: Liz Gray
Show: Fixer Upper

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Frame More Than Just Artwork

Copy This Look: Repurpose an old wooden frame and a steel magazine storage bucket to create a unique wall planter.

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.

Steal the Show With Marquee Letters

Copy This Look: Metal letters spelling the word "€œhome"€ hang near this former "Fixer Upper's" breakfast bar. Scour the flea market for single marquee letters; combining a mix of styles creates a collected look.

Hang a Chalkboard Menu

Copy This Look: A chalk board with tonight's dinner menu hangs between the kitchen and dining room. To recreate this look, build your own chalkboard using reclaimed wood and chalkboard paint, then hang it with a piece of sturdy twine.

Bold Text

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.

Shiplap + Signage

Copy This Look: This vintage-style sign sits atop century-old shiplap. Search for your own at rustic home decor shops or your favorite flea market.

Add a Personal Touch

Copy This Look: Chip and Joanna Gaines had the homeowners' favorite quote etched in sheet metal and hung as an art piece in their master bathroom for them to reflect on everyday.

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.

Large-Scale Signage

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.

Frame Almost Anything

Copy This Look: European grain sacks become textural artwork when grouped in black frames.

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.

Mirror, Mirror

Copy This Look: A new hutch sits beneath a vintage, locker room-style mirror. Find one with a shelf or hooks to add even more character with flowers and personal touches.

Add a (Decorative) Window

Copy This Look: Joanna Gaines accessorized the nursery with an antique window wall-hanging, green glass vases and mobile with carved birds.

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.

Railroad Crossing, Transformed

Copy This Look: Even the most unexpected salvaged piece can make an impact when turned into wall art. Here, a railroad crossing sign adds a vintage touch by the door.

Handmade Paper Adds Texture on the Walls

Copy This Look: A piece of handmade paper gets a style boost from a metallic frame and a dark-colored mat that highlights the paper's texture.

Rustic Entryway Wall Shelf

Copy This Look: Add style and function to the entryway with a shelf to hang coats and essentials and also display rustic accessories.

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.

Draw Inspiration From Botanical Prints

Copy This Look: The centerpiece of this home's mantel is a black-and-white botanical print. Joanna surrounded the print with basic glass jars filled with seasonal cuttings.

Spring for Library-Style Shelving

Copy This Look: Transform reclaimed wood and galvanized plumbing pipe into a tall bookshelf that doubles as focal point for this living room.

Industrially-Inspired Storage

Copy This Look: For a simpler take on the library shelving, create a single bookcase using plumbing pipes and basic lumber.

Try a Color Swatch Gallery Wall

Copy This Look: Want to recreate this craft room gallery wall at home? Print your own oversized squares in the colors of your choice, then frame in a grid. Let the creativity begin!

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.

Repurpose an Old Headboard

Copy This Look: Host Joanna repurposed an old headboard to create a display shelf for plates and table decor. Now painted white, it matches the white wood pendant light and the vintage-inspired farm table.

Think in Pairs

Copy This Look: Bright green wreaths mounted on metal screens with wood frames serve as art pieces this dining room. Double or triple up interesting wall art pieces to create more visual impact.

Classic Monochromatic Monogram

Copy This Look: A metal letter sign displays "g" for Gulley and provides a background for the monochromatic white vase with white flowers.

Go Big With Salvaged Wall Art

Copy This Look: A section of a windmill fan serves as a compelling piece of wall decor above a rustic wood console.

Try a Vertical Garden

Copy This Look: A modern metal planter with terra cotta pots serves as an art piece in this dining room. Joanna used easy-to-care-for succulents, but this treatment would work equally well for an indoor herb garden.

Old Molding Made New

Copy This Look: Joanna and Chip hung a piece of salvaged molding over this home's mantel, elevating this to center stage in this living room space.

Carved Wood Wall Art

Copy This Look: A carved wall hanging provides a dramatic visual focal point above the fireplace and is an ideal pairing with the dark stained wood mantel.

Try Nautical Accents

Copy This Look: Live on the waterfront, or just love cozy coastal style? Embrace it by scouring your local rustic decor store for a large-scale nautical sign.

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.

Planters That Double at Focal Points

Copy This Look: A green take on wall decor uses raw wood planks as planters for succulents.

A Prayer Piece

Copy This Look: A comforting prayer hangs as an art piece above the crib in the nursery. Find a meaningful passage and write or print it in a script font for easy-to-create, personalized wall art.

Put Mugs on Display

Copy This Look: Your quirky mug collection can double as wall art if you hang a wire rack like Chip and Joanna did here.

Look Up to Add Storage

Copy This Look: Walls aren't just for artwork; add function to the form with metal storage baskets. In this nursery, they hold toys and books out of reach of little hands.

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.

From Old to Art

Copy This Look: An old wooden door and industrial metal planters serve as art pieces on the wall of the living room.

Add a Chalkboard Wall

Copy This Look: Adding chalkboard paint on this coffee bar wall creates a cafe-like atmosphere, while the floating shelves add a hint of rustic style.

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