Tuesday, June 19

...Where The Miserable Children Find a Home At Last

I've been collecting these kitsch 1960s 'miserable children' prints over the past few months, but with an equally miserable landlord who's reluctant to let me hang pictures in his precious abode, I was forced to come up with an original display idea.



Cue inspiration!

The front of a large pine credenza thoughtfully donated by my folks some time ago houses our embarrassingly-large DVD and reference book collection, but I knew I could make it even more useful if I fiddled around with it.



I'd had the unit up against the wall of my narrow rectangular back room, which worked well, but by turning it around and moving the front right up to the doorway, it has not only become a room divider but given me a whole 'new wall' to play with.


front colour


The back was still a raw knotty pine (bleugh!), so I stained it to match the colour of the front.



A few quick nails and hey presto, an instant wall of kitsch misery! (which, hint hint, is *not* full).





The kids are surrounded by vintage allsorts....a recurring theme in my never-quite-done house. My best 50s saucer chair, a green shaggy 70s rug, a 50s plastic fruit bowl (currently used for drying glittery hair flowers) and an old 'bambi' skin make for a comfy place to sit and craft in the warm winter sun.




Fancy a seat???


Linking up with Lakota's Ta-Dah Tuesday.

17 comments:

Miss Claire said...

What a clever idea! It looks great. xx

SACRAMENTO said...

Soooooooo clever and lovely
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DearHelenHartman said...

Misery Kitsch! I Love it. On one hand it's so odd, on the other I have to applaud the creators of this stuff for not just shoveling out happy, pretty people. Love your solution.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Great idea, misery loves company!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

And yes, I love the seat too!

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

Hoorah for you! Great idea, missus. Loving the chair very much. Not too sure about the Bambi skin. My daughter found a deer leg (I kid you not)in a bag of guinea pig hay last week so I'm a bit off deers! xx

Vix said...

Dear God, I've created a monster, you hated those pictures when you first saw them on my blog and now look at you, a collection fit for a Wall of Misery! They look great.
PS The parcel has landed! xxxx

Missy Vintage said...

I also have a kitsch wall! I like those little ballerinas.

the old boathouse said...

Not just a pretty face...super clever! They look fab all together. xx

Melanie said...

Fantastic miserable children! Your display idea is the perfect work-around.

pastcaring said...

You ARE clever! That's the perfect solution!
Love your little chaor. Yes, I would happily come for a sit down and a natter (and a few cocktails!) xxxx

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love your seat best and your Friday frock is too die for.....Yes all of our floors are super sealed with our cold winters even summers are not that warm.....

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Yes I certainly do fancy a seat ... on your skinny wee lap:)). I love that wee room, I had to do a similar bit of jiggery-pokery a few years back to make a bedroom for #2 Son when he was a toddler - your's is WAY better!! Love ya baby!! oxoxoxoxo

delia hornbook said...

It looks brilliant love the large picture and the dancing girls that is so sweet ;-) Its great to someone elses collection of these fab prints. I would love to pull up and chair and have a natter ;-)) dee xx

Trudie said...

I love this little spot and I'm rather partial to miserable children, in pic form of ourselves like these. We to, have a green shag pile rug it lives on a lounge room floor.

La Dama said...

Oooo love scary kids ,but i settle for creepy dolls.
I bet little VB loves hanging out in thos fab chairs.
Love the bread basket amor.
Besos

smartygirl said...

love this so much! i actually stumbled across it looking for a pattern to make a cushion for the saucer chair - any ideas?