In the end, we added some pretty clear knobs that I had in my craft bin, and put an old suitcase and basket on top to give it some more height and color. The suitcase was a $2 purchase at a garage sale and it stores a bunch of my craft goodies. I am pretty sure the old basket came from a garage sale as well, and it stores some of Baxter's toys. As you can see, I take advantage of all storage opportunities!!
The vision for this art wall actually started when I was playing around with the location of this yummy white shabby bench that I recently purchased at the Metrolina Expo Antique Fall Classic.
When I set it against this wall , and placed the big silver mirror on it, which was a purchase from Lowe's years ago, it hit us that this was the perfect start to an art wall. The old dough bowl also came from the Fall Classic and the gorgeous shells were actually a gift from Alvin's mother, she had collected them over the years on her beach trips... love them!!
So, once we had established the location of the big pieces - the armoire, the bench, and the mirror - we were able to see how much space we had for actual art. So we measured it out and taped our space down on the floor to play around with the layout before actually putting anything on the wall.
We actually ended up changing the layout a bit once we started seeing it on the wall and getting new ideas, but this is a great way to get a good start on things at least. The collection of photos/art includes prints and photos of Charlotte, a couple pictures of Baxter, an old music sheet, and 2 canvas paintings that Alvin and I made together. The frames, picture ledge, and little mirrors come from Ikea, West Elm, and Target.
(2) Old Pictures of Charlotte Street Cars & (3) Old Pictures of the Carolina Theatre in Charlotte (both from around 1930). I found these online and just had them printed out in black & white at Target.
(4) An old sheet of music with the title "Sunshine Kisses". I found a stack of old music sheets at the Metrolina Expo a while ago for about $1, and this one happened to be in the stack. Alvin's nickname for me is Sunshine, so this one seemed worth framing :)
(5) A couple pictures of Baxter at the beach and on a boat, we just couldn't resist adding our cute little guy to the art wall.