I have really liked barn wood frames for awhile now, so I decided to add some vintage family photos and create a farmhouse display. I really love their rustic look, but I couldn't find the size I wanted at a price I wanted to pay. Like many of you, I'm always looking for thrifty ways to decorate!
I did find a composite wood frame that looks quite real, although the 16x20 was a little smaller than I wanted, the price was right. I also love all the vintage window frames I've been seeing everywhere, so I wanted to create a window frame look for my photos.
Since I wanted a window frame look, I found some narrow pieces of wood at Joann's to divide the frame and painted and distressed the edges. I found a soft gray color that worked well with my frame. I then added some scrapbook paper to the backing. This was so easy to put together. The hardest part was picking out the photos I wanted.
I really like this scrapbook paper because it has the look of a vintage Sears and Roebuck catalog. And I definitely have some vintage photos to go along with it.
I'm fortunate to have so many old family photos to choose from, especially from my Dad's side of the family. Since they were farmers they didn't have much money, but they managed to take quite a few photos, considering how expensive they were in those days. So I do cherish these photos and wanted to display them. I feel like why keep your lovely vintage photos in boxes and just look at them from time to time when you can display them as wall art. It also reminds you of your roots when you can look at vintage family photos, some you never met, and remember where you came from. Although it was a much simpler time, they definitely had their share of hardship in those days.
I decided my great grandparents photos on the right were a bit too serious to use. Since photos were expensive then, people rarely smiled in them. Although I love these photos, I wanted something more lighthearted and fun to display.
I also wanted to get a photo restored. But when I found out the prices for a very small photo I changed my mind. Minimum of 40 dollars, so I'm glad most of these photos are still in quite good condition. I made copies of the originals and was quite pleased with how well they came out.
My paternal grandparent's had four children, and since I had pictures of all of them I wanted to create a collage to represent my Dad's side of the family. I was quite close to some of my aunts and uncles when I was growing up, so it's fun to display pictures of them when they were children. The picture in the center shows everyone as adults.
Also, the quality of some of these photos isn't the best, partly because I didn't have enough light and I'm using my canon point and shoot camera. It does quite well on a sunny day, especially outdoors, but it is hard to get the proper lighting on the east side of our living room. But these are vintage photos, so the grainy look isn't a bad thing.
I just added a few simple things to my small bookcase to help create a farmhouse display for my vintage family photos. A small platter was added, as well as a round basket lined with burlap. I added some faux green apples to provide some color. The pitcher was a thrifty find and I added a vintage bowl as well. I wanted to keep it simple to reflect the times.
I believe the small chest once belonged to my grandfather. I've had that quilted heart in a frame for quite some time, too. Since this bookcase is small, I didn't want to add too much to it and make it look cluttered.
My grandparent's on their wedding day. What a simple, yet beautiful photograph. My dad and his siblings are pictured on the left.
I have to share the closeups of each picture because they are just too cute to miss. I think so anyway. They took such adorable sepia photos in those days, especially of the little ones. They always dressed up so nice too, since it was such a special occasion.
This is a picture of my dad around 1 1/2 or so. His little sweater outfit is so cute. Love the leggings and hat. He was a real cutie when he was a little guy. They took such charming photos back then.
My dad on the left with his younger brother Paul. I wish the quality of these pics were a bit better so you could see all of the detail. They are so cute together. Lovely photo even though it's a bit faded.
Here they are again outdoors with two sweet little girls that were friends. I don't really know the story behind this photo. My uncle Paul is in front leaning away from the little girl, while my dad in back doesn't look shy at all. It looks like my grandparent's wanted them to stand together to embarrass them a bit. They are farm kids with their overalls and the girls are dressed up with bows in their hair. I love their expressions.
More hair bows and bobbed hair. They were definitely in, back in the late 1920's. Yes I'm showing a photo of my dad again with his younger sister Ruth. He's leaning back a bit and looks slightly mischievous in this photo. Such a cute picture of them!I wish I had more pictures of my aunts when they were young. I'm glad for the ones I have though.
My uncle Paul with his sweet sister, Esther. She was the youngest in the family, like me. She looks so adorable with her hair bow and curls. My uncle looks quite grown up in this photo. He certainly knows how to strike a pose! Lovely photo!
I need to add more decor to my walls, they are rather bare at the moment. I'm a bit of a minimalist who loves farmhouse style. I'll be gathering up some photos from the maternal side of my family. They didn't have as many from my mom's side, but I do have a fair amount so I'll share them another time. I hope you enjoyed my little walk down memory lane and the family photos. Thanks for visiting!
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