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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Artwork on the cheap...

As you all ready know my kitchen has been undergoing a face lift. We've had to put the major stuff, such as counter tops and flooring, on hold. I've been in a creative and decorating funk for so long, nothing I've seen or "imagined" has held my interest for very long. I've been trying to think of ways to add accessories on the cheap and try and repurpose or re use what I all ready have. Here's my "idea" of artwork on the cheap.

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


House: $22,000

Average income: $3,960

Ford car: $1548-$2415

Milk: $.92

Gas: $.21

Bread $.17

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'll do :0)

Art/Accessories on the cheap.


Anonymous said...

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!

Tracy said...

Hi Rechelle,

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!

The Muse said...

Great accessories!
I love vintage...and your finds and uses are thumbs up!

Knitty said...

Great idea!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Such a clever idea - I bet those two pieces of art get a lot of comments.

Simplicity Cottage said...

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!


Faye said...


joyh82 said...

Wow the prices have really changed haven't they?? But then so have our salaries. What a cute post!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

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☺

Stacey said...

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. :)

Great ideas!

playsdolls said...

What a creative idea,I love the old menu that was a really great find.I have left you an award at my blog.

Kim @ Twice Remembered said...

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!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

What a clever idea girl..and I love to shop my house for doing things...thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Jill said...

Great stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy WW!

Mama of 4 Blessings said...

Love it! It's always nice to find something unique to add on your own. The menu was great! Have a great day:)
Gina Jo

Carrie said...

What a great idea to use illustrations related to the time frame when your house was built...very clever!

Anonymous said...

I love your Eat sign and that was a neat post about the cost of living back in 54. Boy have things changed!

Traci @ The Bakery said...

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 are so crafty!!!

Elaine said...

This post has really inspired me. Great ideas!
Elaine :)

Harbor Hon said...

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