Functional wall art for the kitchen

I love my distressed clock!

And I love the spot it sits in. However as you can see, it’s just not looking very pretty right now.

Problem: cord showing

The clock was to stay, however that is where the phone wire is located in my kitchen. And it’s brown. Two demerits! So I had to do something about it.

Solution: road find

I scooped up this thick cedar lattice work from the curb one day and tucked it away in my garage. I had asked permission to take it but I’ll admit I felt like such a clutteromaniac pushing and shoving it into that overstuffed garage with all my might. I so need a big ‘ol barn out back for my wonderful finds!


Anyway, I had this visual in my mind and this is the finished result. No wires and it’s cute!

And it’s functional to boot. It’s a great little place for all the pen and pencil clutter that generally hangs around on the counter top. Not to mention, I can replace that box with so many other functional helps. A small bulletin board, small hooks, whatever you desire.

The cute little Sady sign is an actual sign salvaged from my Dad’s dairy farm. I have another that reads Lady. They are so adorable in their original state.


If you look on the far upper left of this picture, you’ll see what I have in mind for window treatments. The bamboo valance brings up some texture and warmth, while allowing light to still penetrate and not hide too much window, and the creamy heavy cotton curtains will keep the room light and casual, as well as bring in my desk area at the far end of the room. They’ll be hung higher than shown with that one rusty nail. (another prop fest here)

And in case you were wondering, I can still work the hidden light switches. To make them abit easier to get to, it’s just a matter of cutting out one little section of lattice. However in the name of art, I don’t mind the slight extra effort at this point. 🙂

Edited to add: I desperately needed a good place for keys. I’ll be on the lookout for a few eclectic hooks naturally, but in a pinch, nothing a few rusty screws can’t take care of!

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  1. This is the most adorable repurposing a curbside find project that I have seen in a long time! I am now on the look out for old lattice to hang on my wall…

  2. Well, if that’s not just the cat’s meow!! You really outdid yourself with this one. I would NEVER EVER have thought of that! How in the world do you come up with these ideas? You’re just amazing! I would love to do something like this in my kitchen, heck there are a lot of things I’d like to do in my kitchen, but I have no wall space available. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  3. Ah, you ladies are so sweet!

    Melissa, I don’t know where these ideas come from. I just put together things I have much like a puzzle in a given area, attempting to bring in all the elements of the rest of the room.

    What I do is bring a whole lotta stock upstairs from the trenches and fiddle, try and hold up. When I think I like something, I walk out of the room, then back in for a fresh retake. If I still like it, it stays, otherwise, I fiddle around abit more until it works.

    FUN!

  4. Oh honey, be careful what you wish for! I *have* a big ol’ barn out back to stash my “finds” — 7,000 s.f. of wide open space – and believe me you – it just leads to chaos and anarchy and an eventual time-suck of the greatest variety when you finally, inevitably have to clean that thing OUT! (To make room for more stuff – naturally!)

    Beautiful wall display! Love it!

  5. My first time by your blog, what a great project this is! I love what you did here. Left you a message on the fireplace post, came over from Layla’s. I hope you’ll stop by & see me sometime, looks like we have plenty in common.

    Rhoda

  6. Wow! That looks fantastic! I came over here from The Lettered Cottage and glad that I did. I have telephone wires hanging out of my wall from a DIY wiring from the previous owners. It was always drove me nuts. I supposed, I could get them in the wall someway but then would I have a chance to do something like this?? Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. AWESOME JOB…I AGREE WITH ALL THE COMMENTS INCLUDING “IF THATS’ NOT THE CAT’S MEOW.” THAT IS SO PRETTY…IT IS JUST AMAZING THE BEFORE AND AFTER.
    I JOINED AS A FOLLOWER AND I HOPE YOU WILL DROP BY AND SEE ME AT MY BLOG.
    BLESSINGS
    debbie

  8. Whoa, that is just an awesome idea. So now I have another blog to check up on daily. I also looked at a few of your other posts. Me thinks I will now have to look at all your old posts. You have wonderful ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. Really really love your stuff! Andrea

  9. The lattice work that you put on the wall is really cute. I was wondering what is the paint color on the wall? Love the whole look.