Art That Isn’t Art – Revisited

Happy New Year, everyone.  We are so happy to be back here on the blog with you.  We had a little hacking incident that shut us down for a day or so, but that issue has been taken care of, and we are back and ready to get this year started.  So much has happened since we wrote our last post in mid-December. (We wrote a bunch of blog posts early so we could enjoy the holidays without working on the blog).  Some BIG things have happened since then so be sure to come back tomorrow for an announcement that will probably surprise you.  Meanwhile, let’s kick off this new year the way we do the first blog day of every month.  We have another revisit for you, and this is a good one loaded with tips on using art in your home that isn’t really art.  Mom wrote this one last January after she found a small treasure at a Sunday flea market.  Enjoy the repost, and be sure to come back tomorrow.


For several years I have been looking for a little something to hang over the stove in our kitchen.  Covering up part of the marble back splash might be silly, but I love the look when magazines, Pinterest, and blogs show art over or near the stove.  Even though I have seen things that I thought might work, I never actually made a purchase.  My patience paid off because when Josie and I went to the flea market near her DC home, I found the perfect thing for the space.  It is an old advertisement for Calumet baking powder.  One of the things I love most about it is that it isn’t really art, but when I had it framed, it became art.  It just goes to prove that art that isn’t art can become art when you want it to.

Kitchen art - The 2 Seasons

When I saw it, I just knew this old ad would be coming home with me.   The colors fit in perfectly with our kitchen.  Also, the famous Calumet Farm is here in Lexington, and it is one of the most well-known horse farms in the world.  Its founders had a connection to the same Calumets who sold/sell baking powder.


Screen shot of Calumet Farm


Calumet Farm is known for its miles of white fences in a day when black fences have become the most common and most practical for horse farms.  Also, all of their buildings are white with red trim just like the baking powder can.



 Kitchen art - The 2 Seasons

The little sign had wheels in the back that could be turned to show the ever-changing prices of butter and eggs.  I set the numbers on the year we were married.  The framer and I decided to emphasize the whites which weren’t really too white anymore.


Kitchen art - The 2 Seasons

I selected an aged silver frame to blend with our stainless appliances, and the finished product turned out just the way I was hoping it would.  I might add a 3M Command strip to attach it to the wall, and I might just let it lean against the wall.  I haven’t decided on that yet.



Kitchen art - The 2 Seasons

This proves that art doesn’t have to be art.  Some great suggestions for alternatives are…..

Use Postcards


Post cards enhance a side table - The 2 Seasons

… cards that are decoupaged to a table…..



January in the foyer - The 2 Seasons

….. or framed.


Use Vintage Posters


DC Flea - The 2 Seasons

Vintage posters make great art, and so do…..



DC Flea - The 2 Seasons


…..vintage world maps from old school houses.


Plates Always Work


Blue plates add color to a neutral wall - The 2 Seasons


We all know plates are great on a wall…..


Dining room light - The 2 Seasons

…..and so are silver trays, polished or not.


Silhouettes Make Fun Art


Gracie silhouette - The 2 Seasons

Silhouettes of your children and dogs that you DIY make great art.  See how here.


Botanicals Are Good


Dining room reveal - The 2 Seasons

Framed botanicals from old or new books are really special, but the most special framed art of all can be your children’s art, letters, report cards, etc.  We are still waiting for Little Miss to create some art for us to hang so we don’t have any photos for this one.


How About Word Art?


DINE sign - The 2 Seasons

 (Dine sign how-to here)


The bottom line is that when it comes to our homes, the only thing that holds any of us back is our imaginations.  Put yours to work and come up with some great ideas for you home.




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