We have a small "mudroom" right off of our garage that needed some brightening up (as well as something to take one's attention off the fact that the walls in there badly need a fresh coat of paint!). I found this idea over at a blog called Flamingo Toes and thought it was the cutest thing.
My mom just gave me a huge stash of old frames, so I dug out a few I liked.
Then I spray-painted them yellow to make them nice and cheerful-looking.
My original plan was to distress the frames once they had a couple of coats of paint on them (kind of like what the author of the blog did), but since I didn't use primer on these frames before I painted them, I ended up getting the distressed look I wanted with just one coat of the yellow. Which meant less time on the back porch exposing myself to spray-paint fumes. Awesome.
Then I grabbed some twine we had in the house and followed the directions on the blog in order to tie the vases to the frames. I hung the frames on the wall (they're just resting on the nails), and then stuck some flowers in!
The author used fresh flowers, but I went with silk so I wouldn't have to worry about cleaning out the vases when they got gross. The vases were all from Hobby Lobby's clearance section, so they were about a dollar each. And the flowers were 50% off at Hobby Lobby this week so I snagged those too...they came in a bunch so I have most of them leftover for another project.
So now our mudroom is just a bit more cheerful. This flower display will be the first thing I see whenever I walk in from the garage, so that makes me happy. :o)