Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

I have tons of art to hang up on the walls, but having no budget for framing prints has been holding me back. Last week I decided that’s silly, and I went with taping the prints directly onto the walls with Kelly Purkey white washi tape. I’ll put them in black frames eventually, but for now this is a good, cheap fix.

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

This is about what that corner has looked like since July. Only Eliza’s Jackson Pollock inspired painting on the wall, and a few other things leaned up, waiting to be hung somewhere. It takes me forever to do everything.

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

I was totally inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe’s tip to use washi tape and a level to get everything on a wall lined up. I used it to measure out the rectangle I’d have to put my little pieces in.

You also might notice that I started off by lining the painting on the right up with the top of E’s Jackson painting. I realized later that it would feel more balanced if I lined it up with the bottom of the gallery instead and added a few small things to the top of the right.

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

Other than E’s Jackson, I chose the cool reduction print she got to roll through a press at The Maker Faire, a pianist print by Ben Krafton, teeny art squares by our friends Amy Bug (the record player) and Jack (the tree), and a vintage gas station number (5 is our end goal of kids to have, if, you know, time and money allows). To add in some color, I mixed in French Typography Prints from forever500francs (Eliza loves them).

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

The big painting is by my paternal grandmother, whom I never had a chance to meet. She was an amazing artist, and I love this painting even though it wasn’t in her chosen style (this one was an assignment for a class).

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

A little side tip about the vase (which I purchased at Target forever ago): it didn’t have drainage holes, but I love the color. So I just put a boring clay pot inside of it. I like how it looks like it was meant to be that way! I can just take that part out when I’m watering it.

Also, I tend to use scarves when decorating, because I like them but almost never wear them. This cool purple one was a gift from Jake’s cousin Emily for helping her with an economics course.

It adds texture and movement to the space, and helps to hide the fact that I really should sand down and re-finish that dessert cart (which is a hand-me-down from a family member).

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

I’m totally in love with how this corner fits in with the rest of the house. I love that my grandma’s painting pulls colors from the pipe bookshelves really well. And obviously I didn’t pick up anything before showing you how the corner fits in with the rest of the house. Keeping it real, guys.

Bootleg Gallery Corner | The Nerd Nest

I’m planning on continuing making things awesome around here. I’m not going to let a lack of a decorating budget hold me back. I can totally use what I’ve already got spread around the house!

What’s holding you back lately?