Thursday, February 26, 2009

Vintage Paint-By-Numbers Wall

Vintage paint-by-numbers. They are part kitsch, part fun and even part borderline crazy. But, when you put a bunch of them together they make a pretty neat display wall. I was originally inspired by the paint-by-numbers wall in Dan's house featured on OK Great, and then I found other interesting wall arrangements on Flickr. To make your own paint-by-numbers wall check out eBay, Etsy store moxiethrift or keep a look at during your next fleamarket trip.

What do you think? Would you start a vintage paint-by-numbers wall?

Links:
1. Olive Talique's Art Bar visit.
2. The Woodshed's Wall.
3. Sweetjessie's Gallery.
4. Decorating Dan-Style.
5. Two paint-by-numbers available at moxiethrift.

UPDATE: Check out more photos of Dan's house on Mint - amazing!

60 comments:

stephanie said...

I love these. I have a friend who collects them and they look amazing in her house.

chelsea said...

I LOVE paint by numbers!

OK Great said...

Thanks for the trackback! You should totally add us to your blogroll. We luh you.

cindy : quaint said...

i wish i still had the ones i made as a kid. i think they look great, love no. 3 and those last two are calling out to me!

please sir said...

Oh I would love to see them too!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

that's a lot of art. very cool, almost looks like one big painting (2nd image)

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

fantastic! love this post!

Octavine Illustration said...

i think a wall is perfectly in order, the wonderfully kitschy element is too great to ignore. i remember receiving these kits as a child and being horribly frustrated because i had a much different interpretation of color theory than the instructions gave.

littlebyrd said...

Oh totally. I love the mauve room display the best. I hope you are on the mend these days!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Oh I just had to comment. I 'love' paint-by-number, and have a few pieces displayed in my home. The photos you have posted are really awesome! Nice blog!

Tina said...

they look amazing! maybe i should start a new hobbie!

drollgirl said...

oofah. the art snob in me is aghast, but i'll just tell her to stop being a kill joy already.

knack said...

I love it!! I totally think I would do it!

Always such goodness here on your lovely blog! xo

hmstrjam said...

i love paint by number

Victoria said...

This has been on my list of to-do's for some time. After seeing these great pics my determination has been re-invigorated! Time to start collecting!

Roberta Jane said...

Yes Yes! I love this! And I am into the clever bike storage!

Designers' Brew said...

I love the top one especially--I am really into the idea of covering a wall claustrophobically with images like that. Frames are for sissies!

Mary-Laure said...

These rooms rock. Even more than the walls, I love that crazy hanging bike!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

I wish I still had all the paint by numbers I've done in my life! Thanks for the reminder about them - I should get one for Abbott and see if he likes it.

gracia said...

En masse... how swell they look!

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jess gonacha said...

how fun! i'd totally do it, although ryan would kill me, he'd think it was so tacky. i think it looks amazing!

jae said...

These images completely sell the idea. I never would have thought...but I love it.

That Girl Designs said...

I've seen this idea for a while now and really like it. I think it is great that something that was once thought silly (painting by numbers) can be used in such a fantastic decor style. Nice finds. Have a Happy Weekend.

Joyce said...

I use to do this when I was young girl. I should have saved them!

Have a golden weekend! xoxo

mint said...

ooh glad you loved my ok great post :) more of this today on mint - i contacted dan and he's shared more photos of his beautiful house.

Courtney said...

I'd love a wall full! So pretty and packed with color without looking kitschy. Love it.

[J] said...

I'm not sure if I would, maybe if I had a bigger space! I like the bike hanging in the living room though, not sure why!

seesaw designs said...

So fun - would love to have a wall like this in my home!

aimee said...

so funny, kitsch was exactly the word that popped into my mind before i read your commentary!

Stella said...

Great wall i love it!

Have a nice weekend :)

nkp said...

Oh, I would soooo totally do this! In fact, I have about a half a dozen of these cuties in waiting, just haven't taken the plunge to hang them. I'm all over that wall with the bike in the photo, I think, with something like these going all out is the way to go!

These are crazy fun! Happy weekend to you.

Fiesta Lady said...

ABSOLUTELY ! I wish I had the numerous "paintings" that I had as a child.

Gretchen said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely!

Courtney said...

Oh my gosh, I absolutely love the gallery by the staircase-- it looks incredible!

katy elliott said...

So funny i was just eyeing paint by numbers paintings too. Awesome. Love. So freaking cool. Great post.

coco+kelley said...

every few months or so, i get a craving to collect these and i always get outbid on my favorite ebay ones!! and then i give up. and then i see a post like this and i want 'em all over again!

Design Lovely said...

This makes me want to do one!

M.Kate said...

absolutely so cool, happy weekend Diana

picciolo said...

they look great here but I think they would need the right space to work
: )

Blair said...

Oh, these post brought an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia. I think it is such a cute idea--however, mine would still look like I was 6! :)

citysage said...

Love 'em! I'm going to the big SF Bay area antiques fair tomorrow and paintings like this are one of the things on my 'hope I find some' list! That and unique one-off teacups and saucers...

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Ha!! I just saw a couple of lighthouse paint by numbers today. Unfortunately the mister was with me and he did not share my joy. :-) The photos you've collected here are fabulous!!

Wendy said...

I like it, but I'm not sure my husband would. I never see them in the thrift either!

Michael said...

i've always wanted to hang my bike like that. maybe i will!

—michael

giggleness said...

woaahh love those walls!

Dottie said...

i love this. i did a half-ass search a while back, but these lovely pics might just get me motivated for real. thanks for the post!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

These are SO fun!! I would totally enjoy starting a paint-by-numbers wall.

Miss Jo said...

oh how i love art walls!

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

Oh wow, you're right. Put it all together and it works:)

me melodia said...

arg!
I used to collect PBNs in college. At the peak I had over 25 vintage framed pieces. It wasn't until I met my now live in life partner (who isnt a fan) that me and the pbns parted ways. I've slowly gifted them and sold them on ebay. Its such an exciting piece of americana to collect. They look great hung salon style.
The photos you posted are excellent examples of collecting and displaying done well.

Head Bitch in Charge said...

Awesome! I adore paint-by-numbers but they are hard to find in my area. I have bought kits to just paint my own but I had forgotten what a pain they are. Mixing colors in those tiny pots for those hard to see little spots...ack!

forrestina vintage said...

love moxie thrift! there are LOTS of Etsy vintage sellers that have pbn's in stock regularly, do check them out as well. and, yes, I would put together a pbn wall if I could find enough vintage frames to make it look respectable. anyone know a source for dating/identifying pbns?

thanks for the great photos and links!
tina

Vinisha said...

What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!
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