Room for Improvement: A Memory Picture Wall
There has been a big, empty space on the magnolia wall (that would have been the chimney breast) since we moved into our house last November. The space has been crying out for something beautiful, but I’ve wanted to do something a bit different from hanging a mirror, or a single picture, and alas, have not had the time to do so since giving birth!
I’ve become slightly obsessed with memory walls since looking through thousands on Pinterest, so when MoneySupermarket contacted me and asked whether I’d be interested in taking part in their “Room for Improvement” competition, I knew exactly what I wanted to do! The kind folk at MoneySupermarket gave me 50 English Pounds to improve a room in the house, and I could do anything I liked with the dosh. Unfortunately, with house prices what they are in the South East, we’re renting still, so I couldn’t go out and buy paint, or knock down a wall… but our landlady is fine with us putting pictures etc up, as long as we “make good” when we leave.
I wanted to create something for our new little family; something that we, and especially Busby, would enjoy looking at. So over the Bank Holiday weekend, Nick and I hammered a fair few nails into the wall, and the memory wall was created!
What do you think? Every item on the wall has some meaning to our little family; from our love of gin, to one of the first ever photos of Busby.
£50 went a surprisingly long way! Although, I already had some of items you can see on the wall, such as the heart mirror and the “H” & “N”.
My wall highlights:
I painted this canvas 4 years ago whilst sitting on Hove Lawns, drinking Brothers toffee apple cider…oh to be 21 again!
I already had the “H” & “N” that I bought in a sale two years ago. I found the “B” on eBay for £1.80, and have painted it myself.
Tea and gin
Two beverages that are very dear to our hearts in this household. The “tea” postcard is from Paperchase (60p) and the “Love and gin” card is from Marks and Spencers (£1.50).
I’m a bit obsessed with making embroidery hoop wall hangings at the moment (you can find my step-by-step tutorial here). I appliqued the bee in the hoop myself. The chubby robin fabric is from IKEA. The science “Rocket Launch Club” fabric is from Shelly Beana says sew on Folksy.
Family Hand Canvas
This was so easy to make, and only slightly messy! It’s our family’s handprint on one canvas – I thought it would be a cute idea. There will be a step-by-step guide on the blog next week. It also looks pretty zombie-esk!
Both postcards are from Paperchase (60p each). I’m from Brighton originally, and now so is Busby, so we needed to get something Brightonian on the wall!
Lil Sonny Sky
I’m in love with Lisa Stubbs’ work, but couldn’t quite afford one of her big prints with the £50. Fortunately, she makes cards too! You can find her Folksy shop here.
I come from
a very quite a vain household, so mirrors had to make an appearance. Plus they bring a sense of space into a room. I found this one in Next for £10. The heart mirror on the wall is also from Next – and was a Christmas present.
Bird house mirror. £10 Next
Coloured and gold frames. £1.50-£2 Tiger and Wilkinsons
Wooden frames. £3.99-£4.99 A lovely little framing shop in Beccles (whilst on holiday!)
Canvases. £1 each Tiger
Postcards. 60p each Paperchase
Prints (from cards). £2.50-£3.50 Lil Sonny Sky on Folksy
“B”. £1.80 eBay
Embroidery hoops. £1.80-£3 Amazon
Photos. £2 Snapfish
Paint for frames/hoops. £1 for 3 tester pots Homebase
We already had the other items you can see on the wall; they were just waiting for a place in our home!
Total = £60.28
£10.28 over – but totally worth it for such a fantastic memory wall that we all love!
*MoneySupermarket kindly gave me £50 for the “Room for Improvement” makeover challenge*