I took two old oak frames I all ready had and sprayed them black. I then got online and started looking for inspiration. I hit blog after blog, online magazine sites and "new home" sites to check out the staging. Still, nothing caught me. Then I started focusing on what I like and what I thought would "speak" for my little house.
WHAM!!! Okay...House was built in 1954 and my idea was born. I got online and looked up "what it cost 1954", added some vintage-y clip art and "created" this...
What it cost
Average income: $3,960
Ford car: $1548-$2415
Postage stamp: $.03
Swiss Cheese: $ .69 lb.
American Cheese: $.55 lb.
T-Bone steak : $.95 lb.
Del Monte Catsup (2) 14.oz bottles: $.25
Post Grape Nuts cereal - 10 .oz pkg: $.19
Clorox Bleach - 1/2 gal.: $.19
20 gallon gas water heater $75.
Semi-automatic Kenmore washer: $154.95
I centered it, printed it up and framed it.
Then again I searched on line and found this...
It's the inside of an old Woolworth's coffee shop/soda shop menu. Circa 1956. I printed that up and framed it as well. I'll probably play with the "cost" print out as I need to center it a bit better, but for now...it'll do :0)
Art/Accessories on the cheap.
I LOVE IT! I remember eating/shopping at Woolworth's as a kid with mama. She left me a few vases that were wedding gifts to her in the late 40's that still have Woolworth's stickers on the bottom! Your idea was great!
What a great idea, customizing your own artwork and for practically nothing. That Woolworth's menu is a blast from the past - I'd love a "Super Jumbo Banana Split" for $.39!
I love vintage...and your finds and uses are thumbs up!
Such a clever idea - I bet those two pieces of art get a lot of comments.
Rechelle, I love your vintage artwork ideas! I can remember eating at Woolworth's with my Granny! We would get a hamburger and milkshake and sit at the counter and eat! Ahhh...the good ol' days! Makes me miss being a kid and being with my dear Granny!
I don't have any wall space for artwork in my little kitchen but if I did, I think I would like to do something just like you did...I love it!
Hope you have a great week!
I LOVE THE VINTAGE. SUCH WOUNDERFUL IDEAS.I REALLY ENJOY YOUR BLOG!
Wow the prices have really changed haven't they?? But then so have our salaries. What a cute post!
What a cool idea, Rechelle! I'm a trivia junkie and love seeing stuff like this. Comfort yourself with the fact that those 1954 cabinets are more than likely better built than what you'd get today. I do that myself...since mine are handbuilt from the last kitchen remodel my house saw.
Hope you have a good day☺
I love your idea! I remember eating at Woolworth's too. My best friend and I would take our allowance and treat ourselves. We loved to shop there. :)
What a creative idea,I love the old menu that was a really great find.I have left you an award at my blog.
Fabulous, Rechelle! Those look great! I can't believe how cheap things were back then...goodness, a house for $22,000?! Those were the days! Thank you for sharing!
What a clever idea girl..and I love to shop my house for doing things...thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria
Love it! It's always nice to find something unique to add on your own. The menu was great! Have a great day:)
What a great idea to use illustrations related to the time frame when your house was built...very clever!
I love your Eat sign and that was a neat post about the cost of living back in 54. Boy have things changed!
Oh....such a great idea!!! I also like the idea of using grandma's handwritten recipes in frames!!! Hmmmm....I wonder what I can find to put in my kitchen....you are so crafty!!!
This post has really inspired me. Great ideas!
I remember Woolworth's very well. I still have the umbrella I bought while they were in business and it's still functioning very well. I miss them being right around the corner from where I live too. Thanks for the memory. xxoo
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