If you’re wanting some fun and inexpensive art to liven up your walls, this is a quick and easy way to accomplish that. And it takes no artistic talent at all.
Head to your local thrift shop and mosey over to the section of old records – every thrift shop has one. It’s a bit of a musty mission as most of these old records were pulled out of someone’s basement or garage but it’s worth it. Flip through the stacks of records until you find a few record covers that catch your eye and might be worthy of your walls. They could be an old movie soundtrack with a classic photo, a 1970s record of love songs with a photo of a cheesy couple in soft focus or a 1960s album with a groovy artistic cover. I recently found this 1950s Sounds in Space album cover that was a promo record for RCA to show people how good their new record players could sound. I saw the fun cover and knew it had to go on my wall. You can grab a few because they’re usually priced at around $1 each…which makes for really cheap art.
Now all you need to do is go to Michaels and find the inexpensive LP record frames that are made just for this purpose. I got a three pack for less than $20.
Then it’s just a matter of popping in your chosen records which is easy peasy (I usually leave off the glass so you won’t get any glare) and voila, you’ve got art!
I really like how it looks above my record player. I need to move my hanger down but you get the idea of how it can look in that sort of space.
They look great hanging on their own but they also work great for a larger wall if you do a set of three or even five. And they especially make great art for in a basement, rec room, music room, bar, man cave or a she shed. An interesting old record cover makes for a great conversation piece.
I’ve also found a few vintage exercise records that really cheer up the wall in the “workout” area in our basement. How fun are these?
Really, my workout area in my basement is really just where I showcase my cool retro exercise bike. I’m not sure if a yoga mat and blocks, hand weights and a rebounder constitutes a workout area:)
Framed records may not be everyone’s idea of art but they do work well if you need some interesting art to quickly fill your walls on a limited budget.