Barn Photos in the Kitchen

I have been working on being more intentional in the art and accessories I choose for our home.

We have been busy decluttering and donating many items that don't have special meaning or the feel we want for our home. Stuff I was given or picked up at yard sales but really just ends up being clutter.  At the same time I am working on adding accessories and art that fits 'us' and that reflect our roots, history and interests.

After adding the board and batten to our kitchen/family room wall, I decided that the long wall needed some artwork for interest. I ordered 8 x 10 enlargements of four photos I took last summer at a family member's farm. This farm in Grey-Bruce, Ontario is my husband and boy's favourite place to visit.

I'm not a professional photographer and I'm still working on figuring out my camera (hence the blurry top photo) so these photos are far from perfect but they are exactly what I envisioned for this space. They actually look way better in real life.

The gate has perfect layers of red and rusty chippiness. The barn is beautifully weathered black with the most gorgeous blue sky. I took a risk and tried my hand at photography and I'm really glad I did.

Most importantly, these prints make us smile as we spend time in our kitchen. In a way that mass produced art couldn't. Have you taken any risks to make your home more 'you'?

Cost breakdown:
2 x 3pack of frames on sale at Michaels for $11.99 x2
4 mats for $4.99 x 4
enlargements of my photos on sale $1.99 x4

I'm sharing my new artwork with SNS at Funky Junk Interiors.

I'm also joining Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest. There are over 400 links so be sure to stop by.


  1. I love the barn photos and think they are so perfect on the wall!

  2. I think your photos are really wonderful! They do look perfect for your space. I have the similar goal with my next house. Find artwork that is unique and has meaning and not just something that was on sale at Target (unless I really love it).

  3. looks great.
    What is the paint color? I like it.

  4. Our cottage is in Lion's Head. The Bruce is a beautiful spot for taking pictures.

  5. These look great, Elizabeth. I like your photography, it's the perfect finish for your board & batten. I have blown barn photos up to poster size, sliced them into fourths and framed them separately. :)

  6. Dear Elizabeth ~ I'm not at all good with photography but I do know when I'm looking at something that has been well shot and your photos really are spectacular! I am thoroughly impressed and although I love them all, I especially love the first one you've shown of the gate. The photos look fabulous on that wall and you should be so proud of how you've personalized your space!

  7. Love them. They look fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  8. I agree that you get way more out of your own photos hanging than some mass printed pictures... I think that's why I love doing my own art so much :)

  9. I got a kick out of this post, E! I love that you added barn photos in your kitchen. Great minds think alike. I told you I had one :) Love that yours have special meaning! They add a lot of character to your home. We should be surrounded by the things that make us smile.
    I'll have to remember board and batten. I never knew what that look was called, but it looks great!
    Take care!
    Michelle :)

  10. Elizabeth those photos are perfect for that wall. They add a nice bit of colour and interest and complement the raised panels below.

  11. Elizabeth, I love this series of barn prints and decorating with what's meaningful to you! You're inspiring me to take some pictures of something besides projects I'm working on!


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