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Recently when staging a townhome, We needed artwork to hang on each side of the bed in the Master Suite.  Having black furniture with Neutral and Gray bedding, left me struggling to find something appropriate within my budget.  

Quite a while earlier, I bought some great 11X14 black framed art--didn't really like the art in the frame--but couldn't resist because of the great price.  I took those frames--removed the rather ugly artwork inside and added my own.

I started with 2 simple 8X10 sheets of scrapbooking paper in a pattern and color that coordinated with the bedding.  I had 2 articificial palm-type leaves that I had used for decoration at a Hawaiian luau party, which I spray painted with dark bronze metallic paint.  I mounted them on the paper with tacky glue--used the white matting that was in the original artwork and VOILA--the perfect art for the room!  Tight budgets and strict time limits increase my creativity!!  Take a look at the photos and tell me what you think.


AfterBeforeArtwork in place.

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Comments (61)

Patty Hill, Broker Associate
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Lori,  very creative!  Your art work really is showcased in this beautiful bedroom.  Great job, thanks for sharing.

Nov 09, 2009 03:29 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Deena--Thanks for your comments and I will be sure to check out your series and collect a few ideas from you!!

Patty--I love how the bedroom turned out and these pieces were just the icing on the cake.  Thanks for your comments!

Nov 09, 2009 09:46 AM
Beth Young
Best Estate Staging Techniques - Wimberley, TX
Professional Home Stager

Beautiful job!  I do alot of scrapbooking and have alot of paper sitting around, but I hadn't thought of that one!  Crazy!

Nov 11, 2009 03:24 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Beth--Get creative with your scrapbooking materials.  So much you can do!  Thanks for your comment.

Nov 11, 2009 11:01 AM
Suzanne Metz
Design to Appeal - Medicine Hat, AB

I love your ideas Lori! Beautiful work!

Dec 05, 2009 11:01 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Thank You Suzanne!

Dec 05, 2009 10:20 PM
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Lori,  I bookmarked this immediately upon reading.  Thanks very much for this great idea!

Dec 06, 2009 01:37 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Nancy--You are very welcome.  I have really enjoyed all the comments and praise for this easy, simple project.  Hope you are inspired to be creative yourself!  Thanks for your comment.

Dec 06, 2009 08:58 AM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

The whole room looks great ...nice job!!!

Jan 17, 2010 06:13 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Valerie--Thank you for your comment.  Be crafty is a lot of fun!

Jan 17, 2010 08:48 AM
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
CT Home Stager Fairfield & New Haven County

Lori, the room looks great and the pictures make a big difference. Very creative - I like these simple, creative, inexpensive solutions that have a big impact. Very nicely done!

Jan 21, 2010 02:34 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Birgit--Thank you very much.  I have enjoyed everyone's comments, and I am looking for another creative project.

Jan 21, 2010 11:45 PM
Trisha Lane
Simple Inspiration Home Staging - Portland, OR
Simple Inspiration Portland Oregon


Thanks for sharing this fab idea.  I have found myself in need of artwork on a budget many times.

This is one I will try sometime.

Mar 10, 2010 12:50 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Trisha--you are very welcome.  Super easy, and Oh So rewarding!

Mar 10, 2010 11:19 PM
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island


The bedrooom looks beautiful and the pictures are perfect!


Apr 05, 2010 08:02 PM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Marianne--Thanks very much.  I appreciate you comments.

Apr 06, 2010 12:00 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Lori - this is a great idea!  I can't wait to try it.  I've just spent hundreds of $$$ on art, but find I can only use it so much before it gets tired.  I love this small budget on this project.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 11, 2010 03:23 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Sally--Thank you for your comments and know that you easily do the same kind of project and save lots of $$$.  Try it and save!

Apr 11, 2010 01:43 PM
Palma Minnich
In2itive Design - Charleston, SC
Home Stager, Charleston, SC

Great idea! And lovely staging presentation. I just bought 8 matching frames for a party I just had. I plan to use them to create groupings of art for my staging projects. And...this one is just too good not to steal! Do you mind?

May 11, 2010 03:43 AM
Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Palma--Please feel free to use this idea and expound upon it.  There are so many things that you can do with empty frames.  Thanks for your comment and good luck with your project....and don't forget to share your idea!

May 11, 2010 10:57 AM