If you need something to hang on your wall but can’t find or can’t afford “real” art, why not make your own?
I do it all the time, using scraps of wood (because I like to use up the scraps to keep them out of the landfill) or, if I don’t have any of those, pre-stretched, pre-primed canvasses that you can find at any art supply store.
Even if you can’t paint recognizable pictures, you can paint wood or canvas with a background colour you like. You can leave it at that, or maybe make a grouping of your favourite colours.
Or you can add a design. I’ve always liked curlicues, for some reason, so I painted these four squares, added the swirls and call them my “Party Dress” series.
You could print inspiring words on your coloured background, or add a stripe of another colour.
The point is not to impress the neighbors, or try to do something worthy of gallery space. You just want to brighten a dull corner, so have fun with it!
Barb McMahon writes the blog May December Home - home decor with a focus on environmentally friendly/handmade/re-used design.
Of course, there are many other vintage metal boxes and drawers that would work for this idea. Use your imagination and give life to something old and make new again!