Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DIY Gallery Wall Art {Tutorial}


Hello friends! I have a tutorial for you today!

repurposed clips out of mousetraps!

I wanted to build a pretty substantial board/gallery/wall art thing behind the couch to hold my vintage botanical prints. I thought it would add a lot of charm to the space. 


repurposed, reclaimed

So, I thought, and thought, and thought... and this is what I came up with. I knew that I wanted it to have a vintage feel, have numbered clips for the prints, and fill up the big space. I hit up the local ReStore {again} and found a long piece of beadboard for $3 and the trim for $1.50 {I took this picture after I had spray painted the trim black}. I crossed my fingers all the way home, hoping that it would be the right size... and it was PERFECT! 


I wanted the clips to have the look of vintage reciept holders, but I didn't want to pay that much. So, I hit the dollar store and grabbed these mouse traps. At 4/$1, you can't beat the price! 

So, I will show you how I transformed them.
First, I just clipped off the unnecessary death trap parts with wire cutters.  


Until it looks like this...


Then I spray painted them with a base of black spray paint. I lightly painted over the top of that with a raw umber craft paint until they look like this... 

repurposed~!

I used my Silhouette to cut out a stencil for the numbers {you could also use your printer and the technique I show here} and penciled them onto the top, flat area.


I filled the letters in with a creamy white paint and lightly distressed them.


I painted the piece of beadboard using layers of my favorite creamy white paint, and a light brown with the technique I show here. Then all I had to do was attach the trim with wood glue, and attach all of the mousetraps and I had a place to display my botanicals! 




I loved the look of the loose papers. I played with them in mats and thin frames, but when it came down to it, I just really loved the whimsical, artistic feel of the free papers. I have had these botanicals in my stash forever. I purchased them off of Ebay a long time ago, used them for different things and have always loved them. You can tell they are a bit crumpled, but I really love that about them. 


The total cost for this project was $6.50 since I already had the prints on hand! Love that!



Our bonus room/family room is really coming together. I keep working on it, little by little and I am so happy with how it is coming together. 


Here is what we have so far... From a couch I never would have picked on my own, to a room I am completely in love with. It isn't finished, but it is getting there! I have to warn you, I am going full steam ahead on my bonus room redo project, so I will keep sharing as I go.


To see the other before/afters in the room, click on the links below:

 

 

Thank you for reading! I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Linking up at East Coast Creative!


54 comments :

20 North Ora said...

Oh Kristen - love the mouse traps - who woulda thought?? Great idea. Your family room is really taking shape.

Judy

Laurel Stephens said...

Your art board looks really great, Kristen. You are just so darn clever!!

Sheila said...

Hi Kristen,
What a clever idea...I thing I may have to borrow it! your room is coming together so nicely, keep up the great ideas.

Smiles,
Sheila

Allison said...

I love this!!! I never would have guessed you could make mouse traps so cute! Great job.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Girl, you are too smart...mousetraps!!! love this so much, it fits perfectly on that wall, and that cabinet redo is amazing, you have so much "vision"!

Kristin @ Simply Klassic Home said...

One of the most clever things I've seen in a long time!!! This is going to be a huge hit!

Emily Netz said...

I love the mouse traps! Great idea!

Amy Kinser said...

I am totally impressed with the mouse traps idea. What a great look behind your couch. You are one smart lady.

Roeshel said...

So creative and clever, Kristen and the entire project looks awesome in your space. Beautiful job!

Dawn said...

OK this is the cutest idea I have ever seen, I am going to have to find a place to use some mousetraps in. Love it, love it!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

You are amazing, I just wish I had your energy!
I love what you did for art, it's gorgeous and everytime I see a mouse trap at The Dollar Tree I'll always think of you:)

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Wow, I love how your room is coming along! And I love your newest piece... the mouse traps is a great idea, I NEVER would have thought of that! I might have to steal that idea from you! :o)

Tania

Miss Kitty said...

Love the idea of the mousetraps as clips...genius! I saw your post over at Stone Gable blog party.

debi said...

Well, aren't you clever?!! I love your mousetrap clips, and your botannical wall arrangement is really pretty. Your family room is so beautiful and cozy!

Christine Graves said...

Such a great idea!

Lorraine Finkbeiner said...

That vintage clip is genius! Very clever and looks just great! I foresee Creating with the Stars in your future!

Newton Custom Interiors said...

What a great idea! Never would have thought to use mousetraps.

Vickie said...

Now that's thinking outside the box. Well done.

Bronwyn said...

Mouse traps!? Girl--you just beat all!! Amazing. I love how this room is coming together, step by step!

Jean @ www.thebackyardbungalow.com said...

Mouse traps? That is ridiculously clever!

Shannon said...

Mousetraps?!?! Are you kidding me? Great eye for the shape and look you wanted for less! The wall looks great. (We have the SAME couch in our basement!). I'm loving how the space is coming together.
xo,
Shannon

Mary said...

Genius. Pure Genius

Gretchen said...

Wow--such a creative idea! and it looks great :)

Jenn said...

SO awesome! I love this {and everything else you do}.

Meg said...

these are super cute and a great idea.
thank you.

Taryn @ Design, Dining + Diapers said...

What a brilliant idea! So clever and I love how the whole look turned out. The space is gorgeous.

Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible said...

That looks amazing!! Love the use of the mouse traps! I will definitely be stealing this idea! :) Pinned and shared on my Facebook page too. Happy Valentine's Day sweet friend! xo

Charity West said...

Lovely! You are so clever and creative. It looks gorgeous.

Solange Hooks said...

Flipping cute!!!!!!!

Craftberry Bush said...

Kristen, you've done it again ! beautiful !
We featured you today at the Inspiration Gallery..xo

Inspired by you said...

Absolutely great idea! Never would have thought of that in a million years. Everything looks great!

Heather said...

I would never have known those clips were mouse traps - so creative! I love the colors you've used in the room - very cozy and country but still modern.

campclem.com said...

Brilliant. LOVE.

Leslie said...

These are fantastically clever! I love them. How much weight would you say they can hold?

Michelle @ rockMYroll said...

I reeeeally like that - scratch that LOVE it!! Making and planning where they will go in my home ASAP

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

You're my craft hero.

thelittleredowl.com said...

Such an inventive idea. I AM going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

Very creative! Love it!

Jessica
myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

Shannon said...

Thank you for this project. It was a great inspiration to an easy way for our teenage daughter to swap out her favorite pics. She is always taking pictures and this gives her an easy way to highlight a few. I entered in a Pinterest Challenge using this idea and linked back to this post of yours as my inspiration. Check it out in my blog I just started. http://bohojunktion.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/mouse-trap/

a need to say what i want said...

Hi Kristen, do you always use sponge brushes when using the chalk paint? Also, do you sand it when done to achieve a smoother finish? Or do you wax? I'm referring to furniture.
Thanks kirsten!!

Ellie said...

Mouse traps? I'm still in shock of that bit of ingenuity! I love how the whole room looks, and your couch looks like something I would pick on purpose. lol!

Nancy LB said...

What a great way to display children's art in a home. I had frames that were easily changed out for my children's art and I loved seeing it in my hallway. I think mousetraps will be used for my grandchildren's artwork.

Allie said...
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Allie said...

Hi Kristen! I am LOVING this idea!! I would have never looked at a mouse trap and thought of that. The prints you used are beautiful. I featured this idea on my blog this week! Come on over and check it out and grab a button if you like! http://www.missloviecreations.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-favorite-things-thursday-10-home.html So glad I found your blog too! Following :)

Eclectically Vintage said...

Better than what you'd normally find in a mousetrap!! So fun - sharing on my FB page today!
Kelly

kelly thompson said...

this is too fantastic!

Jamie Hoover said...

Your idea of using the mousetraps to hold the pictures on your wall is brilliant! So creative.

I've featured your idea on my blog as one of my favorite things I had seen during the week at http://www.andersonandgrant.blogspot.com .

Jamie

Misty said...

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to try this idea at my home! You can check out my blog post if you want here: http://www.2brokebruces.com/2013/07/mousetrapartrap.html. Such a great idea for taking something so inexpensive and everyday and turning it into a creative work of art. Keep up with all your crafty ideas, I love looking at your blog! Thanks again for the inspiration!

Crafty Homeschool Mama said...

Beautiful, love your style!

Capturing Joy said...

Love this! Hopped over from Lolly Jane blog;)

Cala said...

Hello, i have found you a few minutes ago, and it took me just 5 minutes and 2 post to fell in love with your blog. Lovely ideas, simple and vintage... may i stay arround ? best regards from the south. CAli

Abi Makes said...

These are just gorgeous, i had a go at making some myself :)
http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/mouse-trap-clip-frames.html

Carrie S said...

Love it! So creative! I also love your throw pillow with the stamped letters, where did you get it if you don't mind me asking?

Anonymous said...

Kristen, this is absolutely wonderful! I will be doing this for the space over my desk. I like to keep the work folders for my current projects visible and handy and I'm thinking those mouse traps are strong enough to handle the job. Your living room shouts, "Come in. Get comfortable. Let's enjoy visiting." Thank you so much for sharing your project. Happy creating.

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