Friday, June 24, 2011

Decorating the Foyer Part 1

Foyer decorating

After several long road trips, hiring painters, and heading to my son’s national in a few weeks, there isn’t a whole lot of  “Moolah” left for “Momma” to decorate.  That means I have to make my brain work over time to find creative ways to decorate the foyer. 

{Expect a lot of DIY projects in the future!}


On very little money I think I’m off to a great start! Here’s a break down of all that I did.

{Custom Framed Artwork}

Make 4 Frames the same size

I have oodles and oodles of piles of frames in the attic, the garage, and in my craft room!  {don’t ask why}

I was looking for 4 matching frames about 11x14 .  However, what I did find were 2 - 11x14’s and 2 - 16x20’s.  No problem.  I split the 16x20’s at two opposite joints, trimmed to measure 11” on one side and 14” on the other, and then glued and clamed back together to give me the size that I wanted! {I even had enough moulding left over to make another smaller frame.  Nothing goes to waste when money is tight!}

Oh, and the glass was left over from the one that we broke when making the very large frame that hangs over my son’s bed.

Custom Gold Photo Mats

I really wanted these frames to look like high-end artwork and that I spent big bucks paying someone to custom mount them, but my broke butt had nothing. 

Time to shop my parent’s house!!

My mother had a mat cutter and some odds and end piece of mats and mat board.  Here’s what I had to do to make it all come together…… 

Mom had some random 11x14 mats with 8x10 openings {not shown} but they were all different colors.  Nothing a can of spray paint couldn’t fix!    Let’s not stop there…..

To take this project up a notch, I cut four more pieces of mat board with an opening of 7 3/4” x 9 3/4”.   All I did was paint a small boarder in gold metallic.

Sticking 2 mats together

Used 2-sided tape to attach the two mat boards together

and assembled the rest of frame together.

Foyer Art


Totally FREE artwork.  Please do not ask me where that bridge is as I surfed the internet for free black & white photographs.  I found 4 landscape photos that I liked and printed them off of my home printer. Yeah for FREE


{Plastic Wall Sconces}

Cutting a pot in half_picnik

I love wrought iron and would have loved to purchase two wall scones for this area {still may someday when the wallet gets thicker} BUT….

I had to get creative!

I had a plastic pot, I believe around 6 inches, laying around not doing nothing.   I wondered if I could cut it in half?!?! 

I marked out half with painter’s tape and a sharpie marker.  But what could I use to cut it?

  • Table saw???? No because the blade wouldn’t come up high enough.
  • Jig saw????  I tried but the blade kept bouncing around on the plastic.
  • Rotozip???  That would work but we didn’t have any accessories that would get the job done.

A quick phone call to my mom and she suggested the band saw.

It worked!  Cut it like it was butter! 

Trust me, I am finding all new ways to use my Dad’s tools that he probably never thought of.  Once, I even cut a large frozen block of ground meat into more manageable sizes with this same band saw!!  (Not to worry, He had just put on a new blade.)

DIY Wall sconce

I spayed the pots with an ORB finish.  My ORB paint is not intended for plastic but I’m not worried about it because no one should be touching it.  As you can see from the above photo, the back side doesn’t look so great.  I filled the insides of each pot with floral foam and attached using hot glue and duck tape. 

Here is my only expense…… I purchased some faux plants from Wal-mart.

Floral pick used as a hanger

Here’s another question that quickly popped up- 

How was I going to hang up the planter/sconce?

At the end of this project, I spotted these floral picks in my arsenal.  Why couldn’t the little curve in the pick be used to hold a nail? 

I hot glued in place two floral picks/hooks in the back through the duck tape.  Working quickly, I pressed the hooks in but left them out past the pot’s edge, and then pressed the pot against the wall.  That pushed the hooks in and made sure the hooks are on the same plane as the pot.  (did that make sense?)

Wall mounted planter

Voilà! again.

Not bad for very little money.  This will give me a start and I can always update down the road. 

Here are some more photos of the two projects together.

Adding Artwork in the Foyer

Part 1 decorating the foyer

Foyer Part 1


Linking up to these fun parties – go and check out all the projects!



  1. It all looks fabulous. You are so creative. Redoing the frames is so genius and also takes a ton of talent. Love the black and white and your wall pockets look gorgeous. Wow, I think you get a 10 for this project. Hugs, Marty

  2. Girl, you rock!! I love it.
    So clever using things you already had to create a very pretty arrangement. Awesome!
    I love the shelf above the door, too. You guys did a wonderful job on it.

    have a great weekend~L

  3. Carrie, my hat is off to you, my friend. A band saw, seriously?! I am really impressed. I could easily see you having a show on HGTV or DIY. You are very talented. Your foyer looks beautiful. xo,

  4. OMG! that's sure being creative. They look great. Still trying to figure out how you hung them with that little floral pick.

  5. Wow - you did a great job making something with nothing...

  6. Wow, you are so impressive! Looking at the photo, I would never have guessed you threw the foyer decor together with scraps! Looks fab! :)

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  8. Lovely entryway. May many happy people cross its threshold.

  9. You are clever and it looks fabulous!! Martina

  10. That DIY sconce idea is brilliant! Your foyer's coming right along beautifully! :)

  11. WOW you did awesome on these projects, very creative...I think this looks very nice and looks like you spend good money to achieve it. Way to go...Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. Wow! You're so incredibly creative! Seriously, who looks at a plastic pot and thinks, "This could totally be a couple of rocking ORB sconces"? Nobody, but you. The foyer looks like a million bucks. Thanks for sharing.

  13. so cute! i love it! You have a great blog! I am visiting from the Boost My Blog Friday! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back! thanks so much!

  14. My kind of projects Carrie. Looking really good.

  15. Hi sweet Carrie! OH MY GOSH you are so creative and artistic girl :) I LOOOVE what you did! And the idea of cutting that pot in half is beyond clever...♥ it! Everything looks great!

  16. Super clever and wonderfully attractive. Looks terrific, Carrie!

  17. GIIIIRRRLLL ... what a beautiful, classy foyer you've created. I love what you've done ... not surprised that you can turn leftover wood into custom frames !! And, genious to cut the planter in half with a band saw and hang your wall arrangement with a floral pin. You seriously think outta the box, and it's a huge success each time! And, um, what's a rotozip??? xo

  18. You are so talented, crafty and cheap!!! I love how NOTHING stopped you! I need more of that drive! The older I get, the more I don't take no for an answer, I know that there really is a way to get most all things done! Good for you!! You entry is The Bomb!!

  19. very nice job love the look very refreshing come see what I shared at

  20. Everything looks great but those sconces. Who would have thought of doing that. They look so beautiful.

  21. Carry, you're so talented. I love the planter and scones are terrific! Wonderful, you did a great job with everything. Yor wall pockets look fab! Hugs, Fabby
    PS: I just dropped from your party, ha!

  22. That bridge looks like it could be from my city! Check out these other images!

  23. Carrie what a great idea! I would have never though to cut the pot in half! It looks fabulous!

  24. so clever...reuse repurpose recycle A+


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