The inspiration for this charming kitchen decor came to me on vacation. There I was at this beautiful bed and breakfast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And there, in the lobby, I spotted a pile of lovely post cards advertising the hotel. The cards were free, and there was no limit per guest. So I took twelve, intending to write three postcards but save nine for my home decor project.
Where to Find Free Charming Post Cards
Hotels, restaurants and inns often advertise their business with charming post cards, which they hand out to tourists for free. If you visit a tourist attraction in your area, you're likely to find such post cards. And local wineries and museums are also likely to have free post cards you can turn into charming kitchen decor.
You can use the same post card to form a series of framed decor, as I did for this article. Or you can collect a medley of postcards and turn them into a uniform display by framing them all in the same style.
Where to Find Cheap Frames
Craft stores have a wonderful selection of cheap 4x6 frames, which fit post cards perfectly. The frames I used for this decorating project cost $1 each. I bought nine to space along my kitchen counter.
As you select your frames, you can focus on their shape rather than their color. After all, you can always paint your frames in the same color to give an eclectic collection a uniform appeal.
While creating my kitchen decor, however, I wanted to echo the wood texture of my counter, which is why I bought wood frames. You can always stain unfinished wood frames to match the hue of your wood kitchen.
Putting Your Charming Kitchen Decor Together
There are three ways to assemble your kitchen decor: 1. Place identical post cards in identical frames (as I did). 2. Place a wide range of postcards in identical frames. 3. Place the same post card in a wide range of frames.
Avoid the fourth option, of displaying different post cards in different frames as the collection is likely to look too haphazard.
Choose Unusual Hanging Styles
Of course, you can hang your charming kitchen decor. But I decided to break the norm and rest my picture frames against the wall. This created the illusion that the frames form a backsplash to the kitchen counter.
Alternatively, if you choose to hang your frames, consider creating cascading heights instead of hanging your frames in a line.
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