Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Idea for displaying kiddie art

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A few weeks ago, my mother-in-law and I were discussing ways to corner off my sewing nook from the rest of the basement. I was thinking curtains. She brought up a room divider. She said she'd always wanted one at her old house, where the dining room was set right off the kitchen. She thought it would be nice on Thanksgiving to pull it out, especially one of the dividers with built-in picture frames.  That way, she could hide the mess in the kitchen AND showcase pictures from Thanksgiving of yore. Cute idea, right? And for my purposes,  it would be a little less tacky (OK, a lot less tacky) to have a room divider than a bunch of Ikea curtains hanging from clothespins from my basement ceiling, right?

I agreed. But I already had the curtains. And I'm nothing if not impatient. So the idea was tabled.

That was until two days later. On the way home from working out, I passed a garage sale. Naturally, I pulled over. Can't pass a garage sale if I have cash in my pocket and no kids in my car. I wandered up and looked at a few tables before I saw it -- a room divider! Not just a room divider. A heavy wooden one with the very sort of picture frames my MIL had dreamt about!

Crazy, right?

Better yet, the price tag was $3.

$3!! Are you kidding? I just did an Amazon search and saw similar dividers that cost between $150 and $200.

I got my $3 out sooooo fast and got out of there before he could change his mind.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it until it dawned on me. Kiddie art! No longer will I be all, "Where do I put this.... interesting... scribbled.... mess.... I mean, work of art?" Now I know!

The watercolors are Luke's, with a helping hand from Uncle Matthew. The black and whites are Luke's photography.

HAHA. Just kidding. Apparently I need more kiddie art.

But I'm excited to fill the whole thing up, and I know that'll be easy with preschool starting soon. Now my sewing nook is a little more contained and I have a nice way to display my kid's art. All for $3. If you were here, you could totally five-high me now.

Since I am not the only one with brilliant art displaying ideas, I went on Pinterest to find more inspiration for you. You're welcome.

Take a looksie.

How do you display your kiddie art? Or maybe a more appropriate question here: if your sewing space is out in the open somewhere like your dining room, do you do anything to "hide" it?


  1. OMG, I cannot believe you found this for $3.00. And your MIL's idea is a great one. Her idea solved your need for some type of divider/curtain, etc and for displaying your children's art. Looks fantastic (all for $3.00!!!)

  2. Isn't it insane?? I think the guy who sold it just really wanted everything gone. Lucky me! My MIL is a former interior designer, so she's always giving me good ideas.