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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Even my wall is looking spooktacular

Are you sick of my Halloween decor yet? You better not be, as I still have more to show you.

This year I decided I was going to decorate the big wall in my family room. But I didn't want to spend a lot of cash. So I decided to use paper to transform my family room wall. What is cheaper than paper?

This is what my wall looked like before. Kind of, sort of. I no longer have the huge Paris painting in the gold frame on the wall. I replaced it with......

This smaller one. I like this painting better. And I like the white frame better. Sorry that I forgot to take a before photo of what my wall looked like before the transformation. But between these last 2 photos, you get the idea.

This is how my wall looks now. Isn't it spooktacular?

As you know, I'm doing a black & white (or cream) Halloween theme this year. I love it!

To cover up the Paris painting I cut out a piece of black poster board & just layed it on top of the painting. I just tucked in the edges inside the frame. I then cut out a couple of ghosts from white poster board & taped them to the black poster board. I got one of the ghost templates from Martha Stewart. The smaller one I made up using parts of the Martha Stewart one.

I then made this "BOO" garland. I got the letter templates here at a blog called Allsorts. She has every letter, plus numbers 0-9. Hung it from vintage black rick a rack.

I used even more letters that I got from Allsorts to make this "SPOOKY" banner. The black & white damask triangles I got from Sharing with Sherri. She actually made an "AUTUMN" banner. But I wanted mine to say spooky instead of autumn. So I just printed out the letters I wanted & taped over the original letters on the banner that Sherri shared. I hope she doesn't mind.

I used some vintage black rick a rack ribbon to hang my banner from.

I like how the two O's in this photo look. Reminds me of an owl.

I just strung the banner across this thrift store mirror.

This picture frame used to hold vintage post cards of Venice. I just love Venice. It is definitely a magical place.

But I was looking to spookify it up for Halloween. So I printed off some vintage black & white Halloween images from the Internet. Except for the photo on the far right. It is actually a vintage photo of me and my sister & 2 brothers dressed up for Halloween in 1965 that I printed out in black & white.

The Spooky letter art sign below is actually sitting on the table behind my couch. I will share the entire table vignette with you later. I'm still not quite happy with it for now. If you want to know how I made the Spooky sign, you can read it about it here.

Here is my original Halloween photo that I used in the frame mentioned before. This photo is date stamped May 66. But everyone knows that Halloween isn't in May. It's in October. I guess my mom was a procrastinator too, and didn't get the film developed until May. So this should actually be a photo from Halloween 1965. I am the one dressed as a Greek goddess. This was my favorite Halloween costume when I was a kid. I can still remember that Halloween. I also have 1 more sister that isn't in this photo. As she wasn't even born for another couple of years after the photo was taken.

I really like this owl silhouette. I found the template for this on Martha Stewart's website.

This trick or treat owl print came from The Graphics Fairy. But I changed it up just a little.

I found this cool website called PhotoFunia. This website has a lot of cool stuff that you can do to change up your photos. I changed up the original print in PhotoFunia's lab, using the vintage photo effect. I love how this turned. out. Perfect for the look I was going for this year.

I found this silhouette on google images by looking for vintage Halloween silhouettes. It came from Boxwoodcottage's photostream on Flikr.

I like this one so much I may frame it & use it all year round.

The witch is another Martha Stewart template.

And finally I used four prints I nabbed off of The Graphics Fairy. All of these were found in her Halloween category. I made them more vintagy & creepy using the vintage photo effect over at PhotoFunia in their lab.

I think this is probably my most favorite thing I did with paper. I love how these prints turned out.

I hope that you enjoyed what I did with my wall. I'm happy with how it turned out. And to think it only really cost me my time. I already had everything else.

Linking to the following blog parties. Be sure to check them all out & leave a comment or two for the folks that are participating. We all love comments.

6 Weeks to Spook @ Bella Before and After

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming

Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatortots & Jello

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

Hooking Up with HOH @ House of Hepworths

Transformation Thursdays @ The Shabby Chic Cottage


  1. Loved all your ideas!! From Paris to ghost- what a transformation!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Kim this looks awesome. I get such great ideas from your blog. Love the vintage 1965 pic of you and your sister and two brothers all dressed up for Halloween. How do you come up with all these neat ideas for your decor?? ~Ames

  3. Oh my goodness -You just never diappoint -Your halloween wall looks so good -I am just amazed

  4. What a fantastic decor! You are so creative!

  5. remarkable!!!! just fantastic! you truly are amazing when it comes to decorating, and decorating on a budget!

  6. Oh my!! Awesome page. I adore the wall with the Halloween are very talented at decorating and creating! I need to follow you and copy I mean see your ideas...haha

    Bree <3

  7. That wall is fabulous!! You are so very creative. Just love it all.

  8. Hi Girlfriend...

    Kim, you always do the most spectacular halloween decor! It's so much fun coming to your place during the holidays because you always go "way out"!!! I love it! Your large wall, halloween makeover is awesome!!! I love that you were able to transform your gallery wall by using paper cut-outs, etc. You're such a creative lady! I seen your "SPOOKY" letters in the frame the other day...I just love that!!! I love that pretty silhouette of the children/fairy! Thank you for sharing all of your pretties with us today...this was such a treat!!!

    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  9. Ooops...just lil' ol' me again!

    Just wanted to tell you that I think your black and cream color theme for halloween is awesome!!! It's tres chic, my dear!!!


  10. I love this, especially the "spooky" picture! What a cool idea. I'd love for you to come link up some of your stuff to my Halloween party this weekend. Hopped over from Shabby Chic.


  11. Kim, I think you are one of the most creative individuals. How clever to take your framed pieces and transform them with paper images. This looks spooktacular! ~ Sarah

  12. Wow!! You came up with some fabulous ideas!!! It's looks awesome!

  13. I love how you changed out all the art in your family room. And I love the black and white halloween. The Spooky sign is so great too. Lots of good ideas here.

  14. No way... I would never get tired of seeing your decorations... I love them. It looks awesome... in fact would you come and decorate my house. *grin*

  15. photofunia is not so bad. Just try they have some awesome effects also.

  16. Wow! What a change! and you can't beat the price! Great job!

  17. Great ideas! I was wondering what you used to adhere the pics to the mirrors, I'd love to try it. Also, I think the silhouette is of Snow White, or it could be anyway. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I LOVE this. What an imagination you have! I have to try some of these ideas for sure~

  19. Looks fantastic - love it!


  20. Hey!
    Just found you through my flick stats! I'm glad that you like my fairytale silhouette! I also think it can be used all year round because it is not really Halloween related. Your wall looks great, exactly my color choice!
    Best wishes from Boxwood Cottage in Germany sends you

  21. I love the wall of Halloween Decorations!!! It looks so good, I recommend you leave it up year round:)

  22. Goodness--pure genius! Totally love everything about this.

  23. I LOVE your spooky Halloween wall... spooktacular!! My favorite is the gorgeous chalkboard with the ghost cutouts... LOVE IT! The picture of you and your sister when you were little is too cute for words!
    Thanks for stopping by to visit... nice to meet you, so glad to have found your blog!
    ~ Jo :)

  24. Your halloween wall looks great!

  25. Love this wall! You are just a wealth of information ~ thanks so much for sharing. I can't wait to create some similar things.

  26. You are sooo creative! I can't wait to see what create next! LOVE IT!

  27. Kim I adore your wall! How clever to cover the exisiting pictures! This looks amazing! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase. I'll be featuring this today. Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a wonderful week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  28. I love this whole wall but especially the ghosts in the middle. Super smart.

  29. I love your wall....plain and simple!


  30. I think your Halloween decor is my favorite of any that I have seen this year. It is totally adorable!!!!

    I shared it on my Tatertots and Jello Facebook page and linked to you :)


  31. What fun! I love the pics over your mirrors... makes it more ethereal or something. Fabulous!

  32. Kim, I am new to your blog, but browsing thru parties and noticed yours for sure. I LOVE everything you did, and absoultely love that it made such a huge impact and it was only paper. GREAT idea. Love the black and white, love the vintage pictures, love it all. I am hosting a halloween party and would LOVE if you linked this up. I am your newest follower, and looking forward to what else you have in store for us. Bella :0

  33. I'm new to your blog and just friggin' loving it! You've got so many great ideas, and I'm feeling blog envy! Thank you so much for all the amazing inspirations!!!

  34. I like your style of decorating - clean, chic, perfect for the holiday without being gaudy. I get lots of good ideas from you.