For the last five years, this was the wall behind my kitchen table.
There was nothing wrong with this wall, but I thought it was a little boring. Because most of my waking hours are spent in my kitchen I decided it was time to make a "Happy Wall". It was the perfect space to fill with things that make me happy. I love to entertain and so I thought this wall might also make for fun dinner conversations. Thus began the search for items for my wall.
I found 15 frames at a local thrift store. I had to use my imagination, but for prices ranging from $0.50 to $1.00 per frame, it was worth a little creativity.
I even broke out some burlap and my hot glue gun. Sometimes it pays to keep scraps from old projects :)
I laid out the finished frames on my floor to make sure I had the right look. The next step was hanging.
Here is the finished product. I could not be more please with my Happy Wall. I find myself looking at it as I cook, fold laundry, wash dishes, and just enjoy my coffee. It was worth all $24. That is right! The entire wall cost me less than $25 dollars. Like I said, I found the frames at a thrift store, printed pictures from my computer or used photos I already had, and made my "Scrabble" frame from already purchased burlap and our game. The chalk board paint was half the cost of the entire project but was well worth it. I have since painted the frame that was on the Happy Wall (before it was so happy) and now Harrison has a chalk board in his room.
So what is on my Happy Wall? Well, if it made me smile, it was in the running. Here is a break down of what made the final cut:
The Pear frame makes me laugh and warms my heart because it makes me think of my wonderful hubby. We really are a perfect pair. And I could not have a Happy Wall and not include something by my favorite artist, Van Gogh.
I thought this last frame was fun because I used a piece of scrap material I had from making new curtains for my kitchen. The colors in the fabric are so bright and cheery, it is perfect for my kitchen :) Sorry the picture is a little dark, my camera died so I used my phone.
I hope you enjoyed my Happy Wall. I highly recommend having one of your own. It never hurts to have something that makes you smile!