Guest Room: Free Art

It was too hot to spend very much time outside this weekend, so Stephen and I piddled around the house instead.  We’re trying to finish up the guest room (and get rid of as much stuff as possible in the process), so I spent most of the day yesterday sorting through things and working on little projects.

The color palette in our guest room was inspired by the colors of a peacock, and we’ve been sharing how we’ve used those colors in projects throughout the room.  First I sewed these lined drapes with fabric that worked perfectly with our color palette.

Guest Curtains Angle

Then I used leftover wall paint in a mossy green to add a fun hand-painted stencil to the otherwise boring closet.

Closet Stenciled

Most recently, we shared how we created an upholstered teal headboard with brass nailhead trim.

Headboard right

We’re close to finishing up this room, but one thing it has been lacking is art and accessories.  When my mom and I took a trip to Ikea this spring, I picked up 3 of these Ribba frames. Originally I wanted to use them in our master bath makeover, but they were a bit too big and the thick profile didn’t work in that space.

Ribba Frames

I thought they would work perfectly in the guest room, though, so when I came across a vase of peacock feathers my grandma gave me while sorting this weekend, I decided to create some colorful art using the feathers and frames.

I ironed and cut pieces of fabric leftover from our headboard for the background.

Ironed Fabric Mat with Blue Background

Then I snipped off the ends of the peacock feathers and taped them down.  Here’s how the first one turned out!

Feather Cut Feather Framed

Getting every bit of the plumes to lay correctly was a bit tricky, but I finally figured out a method that worked.  I would use the mat to smooth everything out as much as possible and to secure the ends of the feather, then I would place the glass on top and make sure I liked the look before putting the whole assembly into the frame.

The other two ended up like this.  I love the colorful feathers, but that white one has a really pretty look to it too!

Peacock Feather Framed White Feather Framed

Getting photos of these in the room was difficult because the glass is pretty reflective.  I hung the pieces on the wall of the closet you see as you enter the room.  The white feather went horizontally above the light switch, so it’s the first thing you see when you open the door.

Entry Art

As you turn the corner, you can see the bed and our DIY headboard.  It’s amazing how different the fabric on the headboard and the fabric in the frame look, even though it’s the same teal linen.

Peacock art and bed

Finally, if you were to turn and look back towards the closet and doorway, you’d see all three of the pieces.  I hung the two colorful feathers vertically on that little strip of wall beside the closet opening.

Peacock Art

I’m actually glad these frames didn’t end up working in our master bath because their thickness gives a real shadowbox/specimen feel to the peacock feathers.  I love how the teal linen brings a shot of color to this part of the room and how quickly this project came together.  One wall down, two to go!

What do you think of our easy art?  Did you do any art projects this weekend?

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28 Responses to Guest Room: Free Art

  1. Pam says:

    Great job Meredith! The art is absolutely perfect for the room! I’m impressed.

    Have a great week.

  2. Morgan says:

    I like your new art! It ties the room together and I love those frames from Ikea. I wish I lived closer to Ikea so I could go out and get more any time I wanted. haha.

  3. I luv them! And I like how one went on one wall and two on the other. I don’t know why I like that so much, just that I do!

  4. Angela says:

    Meredith, this looks great. I love your blog, youre always doing great things.
    Question, Where did you get your peacock feather pillow that is on the bed?, its so pretty.

    • Meredith says:

      Hey Angela,
      The peacock pillow is from a store that started locally here in Northwest Arkansas called IO-Metro. They have been expanding and have stores in several states now, but I believe you can order some items online as well. I got the pillow around Christmas, so I don’t know if they still sell it, but here’s a link to their website: Hope that helps!

  5. Nora says:

    I notice the closet doors are missing; are you planning on building an office in there or will it just be an awesome surprise closet with doors?

    • Meredith says:

      Hey Nora,
      We removed the doors because my desk is in that closet and the space feels bigger without doors. With the stenciled walls, there’s no way I’d ever want to shut the doors anyway! 🙂

  6. LaTeisha says:

    OMG I love the framed feathers! I was surfing the net to see if I could find some already framed and I never thought to do my own. Well I will be doing it now! Thanks for the idea it will go great with my living room color scheme. I’m so excited!!!

  7. Samantha says:

    Weird! I posted a comment and it says it was suspected as spam! I’m a real person I swear!! 🙂

  8. Meridith,
    I love the peacock frames. You did a great job and the placement in the room is perfect. I especially like the white one since it’s not what you’d normally expect. I bet your guest will do a double take when they come into the room and see it. I’m loving your blog. You have some great ideas!!!

  9. Oh I love these! Great idea! I have a few peacock feathers in a vase at the moment … hmmm … where could I hang them. I just finished an art project also,

    Suzy xxx

  10. rachel says:

    I saw your headboard tutorial the other day and thought it was gorgeous. and then today I saw these framed feathers! wow love love them! i’m gonna have to steal this idea 🙂 i hope thats ok

  11. Jess says:

    ZOMG! I wish I had some spare peacock feathers laying around. They look fantastic!

  12. These look great. Love the color of the fabric backing and I’m digging the feathers. Everything is lovely in this room.

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  14. Cheryl says:

    You totally inspired me! I went to the craft store today and bought some peacock feathers. I think it will tie in perfectly with our master bedroom, which is also in a peacock/blue color scheme. This is getting added to my To Do list!

    Would you be ok if I link this post on my own blog when I write a post about our bedroom? I don’t have it written yet but (hopefully) I will soon.

  15. Carli says:

    I adore this idea! your guest room looks great! thanks for sharing!

  16. LaTeisha says:

    Hey Meridith I was wondering what size frames did you use?

  17. oh, these look so great! What a wonderful idea.

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  19. Julianne @ Repurposed Life Designs says:

    I wanted to let you know I featured your project on my blog today as one of my favorites for the week! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. Love, love, love this! The peacock feather art looks so great with your fabulous drapes!

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  22. heather says:

    Where oh where did you find that fabric??! I have been looking for something like that! The room looks awesome.

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