Welcome to Organized Clutter, and welcome to Junkers' United first round up! I jumped at the opportunity to join this team of talented DIY women, including our fearless leader, Funky Junk Donna.
If you are new here, I call my blog, Organized Clutter, because my hobby is hunting for vintage bargains, and using them as home decor. To manage all of my collections, I need to be organized.
I haven't always loved junk. When I was in my early 20's, and newly married, I wanted new stuff. I had had enough "second hand" stuff growing up. Owning junk to me back then meant you were poor.
In my early 40's, I discovered the wonderful world of hunting for and collecting vintage items. Little by little, I began working more and more of my vintage collectibles into my decor. I loved a collected, unmatched, and interesting style.
My first full fledged junk vignettes originated in my flower gardens. I had just read the book "Garden Junk" by Mary Randolph Carter, and I liked the idea of decorating my flower gardens. I started with galvanized watering cans, and soon collected old sprinklers, farm equipment, and galvanized tubs and buckets. I was a "Junk Gardener" for sure. Today my home is decorated inside and out, almost exclusively with vintage decor.
My project for the Junkers group's first round up is creating a junk gallery wall over the sofa in my family room.
I started out with a pair of colorful, vintage, chippy red and blue painted oars, that I purchased at a resort rummage sale. The oars were hung on a diagonal above the sofa.
I then gathered together some shallow crates. Two were soda crates, one a raisin crate and one a greenhouse crate. The measurement from the top of the oars to about 8 inches above the sofa was 46 inches. Even though the crates were fairly shallow, I raised them high enough above the sofa to avoid taller people's heads from bumping or touching the crates.
When I put together a wall display or gallery wall, I do not draw it out or hang brown paper. (I see these tips for gallery walls on Pinterest.) My walls never have many framed photos or prints like the Pinterest walls. My stuff is usually odd shaped, so I rely on laying it out on the floor, and moving it around on the floor until I get it right.
I discovered that the "Beware of Unruly Dogs" sign, the green house crate, and the raisin crate positioned the long way, was very close to the 46 inches I needed from top to bottom. I hung these three items first, trying my best to get them even and level.
The green house crate was filled with a red plaid lunch box with a couple Hemingway novels. Luckily a lot of junk works well with magnets so displaying a vintage black and white family photo here and there is easy! I picked up the red wooden level at a thrift shop for $6 a while ago. It is perched atop the greenhouse crate. (And no, my crate is not hanging perfectly LEVEL!)
The right side of my junk gallery wall came to together with a coke crate and an empty rustic frame, that I was thrilled to learn would work with a license plate. (This one is from the year and state of my birth.) Another lunch box, and more books fill the soda crate. I actually purchased the lock above the frame attached to the hinge. It was marked "lost key"!
Another magnetic junk photo holder. A bolt with a clip on top. I am not even sure what it's for. Also miniature oil cans, and a folding metal ruler.
A vintage photo of my parents is displayed with a magnet on the black lunch box.
Another coke crate is hung on left side along with a vintage black lab tray. The crate was filled with a graniteware coffee pot, books, a clock, and a small red plaid thermos. Four small funnels (from my funnel collection) are lined up on top of the crate. A vintage padlock hangs above the dog tray.
Now to fill in at the far left and right of the junk gallery wall!
On the left, I hung a vintage ice fishing dipper and a door knob plate, and on the right a wooden masher with a red handle and an old pulley with chippy red paint.
That's my junk gallery wall! If you have been dreaming of a gallery wall or a junk gallery wall, I hope I have inspired you to give it a try!
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