Vintage Wall Art Inspiration
When you're looking for creative solutions for wall art, think outside the frame and use beautiful and unique secondhand treasures instead.
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If you find a set of stylish dishes at a flea market, but there aren't enough place settings, scoop them up and use the set as art for your walls. Buy plate hanging hardware from a crafts or hobby store. Plan out your arrangement before you start hanging. Click the links below to see how to create the perfect wall arrangement and how to create a gallery wall.
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Window on the World
Add architectural interest to any room by hanging old windows as art. For a more custom look, use mirror spray paint to turn a window into a mirror.
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Typography is right on trend. Arrange collegiate letters and letterman jacket patches in a group as wall art for a sports-themed bedroom or den.
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Frame It Up
Flea markets and secondhand shops are rife with vintage artwork. If the art isn't your style, but the frame is calling your name and the price is right, scoop up the piece and start collecting other frames for the ultimate ensemble. Once you have the perfect mix, hang the frames as is, or unify the display by painting all the frames the same color.
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Turn a vintage printer's tray into storage for your favorite jewelry and art for your bedroom walls. Paint the case to match your decor and line the cubbies with pretty papers. Screw brass hooks from a hardware store into each compartment. To a make room for necklaces and bracelets, use a hammer to remove a few slats.
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Crown an entryway table or a side table with your initial. Or, scout out the letters for your monogram. Mix and match styles for extra eclectic appeal.
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Hang It Up
Items that aren't conventional wall art are perfect for conveying eclectic, vintage style. Utilize cabinet doors, trunk lids, industrial components, and more as creative wall art. When considering a piece at a secondhand shop or flea market, think about how you could hang it. Familiarize yourself with the different types of hanging hardware at your local retailer so you know what tools you'll need to get the piece on the wall.
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Vintage signs, like this plywood sign from an old manufacturing company, add an interesting conversation starter to any room. The peeling paint and color palette, fire-engine red and tan, give this room a trendy vintage feel. Look for vintage signs from local companies.
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Use Family Photos
Turn a blank stairway wall into a display of treasured family photos. Print the pictures in sepia or black and white to give the photo an older feel. Use a variety of image sizes and display inside weathered or antiqued frames.
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Classic bird prints add flair to any room. Use pages from a vintage book for an authentic look. Choose images that have at least one common hue to create the perfect display. Mat illustrations backed with solid-color scrapbook paper in clip-edge frames.
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Repurpose old barn windows as wall art and hang them on the wall for a reflective and interesting piece. Peeling paint adds to the vintage feeling of the mirror that was rescued from a Dutch barn. A reproduction Louis Philippe chair is upholstered in old feed sacks to add to the rustic, vintage feeling of the room.
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Cross-Stitch Wall Art
Turn vintage cross-stitch samplers into a unique and homespun wall display. Place some on floating shelves and hang a few on the wall. Use similar frames for the samplers to create a unified display.
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The vibrant colors of vintage fruit and vegetable crate labels make a bold statement when they are grouped together. The graphic labels pop when displayed amidst a sea of white accessories and atop white scalloped shelves, creating the perfect retro cottage display.
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Create a simple wall display by grouping vintage copper pieces together. Mix the copper pieces with distressed off-white cabinets for vintage country charm.
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Protect your beach treasures in a shadow box to relive your vacation year-round. For the background, use a scrap of vintage wallpaper. Then adhere your sea fans, sea horses, and shells to the paper and assemble the box.
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Cottage style and old shutters are naturals together. Try hanging shutters horizontally to display photographs, postcards, letters, and clippings. If years of paint and weathering prevent your louvers from closing tightly enough to hold the papers, use a small piece of double-stick tape to keep items in place.
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Ceiling medallions function as frames for these pretty still life china plates. Easy to find in a variety of sizes, composite fixtures are designed to dress up the ceiling plates of chandeliers. Hunt for decorative china at flea markets or garage sales, attach the dishes to the centers of the medallions, and hang them on the wall. To ensure the dishes will stay put, use a strong adhesive, such as E6000, to create a good bond.
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Make a Vintage Gallery
Add interest to any room with rustic or vintage artwork from a flea market or garage sale. Choosing a theme gives the display even more character and makes it easier to select pieces from a variety of choices.