Remember Offbeat Homie Lydia who told us about learning to play the ukulele? She’s back with a great idea for your bathroom!
Like it or not, the lavatory is a place in which we all spend quite some time. Sometimes even long stretches. Sure, a magazine might help to pass the time, but what if you’ve read every article twice already?
In our toilet room, there is still plenty to look at, because I’ve turned it into a miniature art gallery, using nothing but postcards and some picture frames. Now anyone using our loo can enjoy works from artists as varied as J.W. Waterhouse, Alphonse Mucha, Anton Pieck and Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun.
There are various ways to go about this miniature art gallery. Here are my tips…
I had all the postcards lying around already — some I bought at museums throughout the years and some I received through Postcrossing (a good way to get a very varied collection).
I used super cheap picture frames from Ikea, but you can also try thrift stores if you like a more mismatched look. I did need to trim most of the cards a little, as standard postcards are just slightly wider than the standard photo frame sizes.
After framing all my pictures, I needed to figure out a good gallery wall composition. For this, I cut out paper strips the size of the frames and put those on the wall with poster putty, so I could gauge the effect of the composition.
I used a hammer and nails to hang the frames. But if you’d like to do a no damage bathroom gallery, or you want to change the composition a little more often, you could use sticker strips or even poster putty if your frames are lightweight enough.
I decided to put the frames on two opposing walls, because I had plenty of material, and also, while I might face one wall all the time, my husband sees quite a lot of the back wall too, if you know what I mean. The side wall is used for two calendars (keeping a birthday calendar in the toilet room is traditional in the Netherlands).