Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Wonderful Wall Designs Using Antiques

| March 1, 2017

Vintage suitcase shelves

Vintage suitcase shelves


Wallpaper wall map.

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Dr. Lori Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. Dr. Lori is the star appraiser on Discovery Channel’s Auction Kings, History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island and Fox Business’ Strange Inheritance. Visit,, or call (888) 431-1010.

By Lori Verderame

Nontraditional Ideas Can Mix The Old With The New

Integrating antiques, vintage items and family heirlooms into your home’s interior design aesthetic sparks memories and brings dazzle to a room. Don’t be afraid to place something old alongside something new and contemporary. While there are traditional ways to decorate all four walls of a room such as with paintings, prints, wreaths and the like, some nontraditional solutions can make your walls wonderful.

When it comes to making bedroom walls say Wow! — use vintage objects in new ways. For instance, to make a built-in storage area or shelf space on your wall, try using whimsical vintage objects. Take a few well-worn vintage suitcases — available at flea markets for $15 to $50 each – and carefully cut them in half using a hand saw. Sandpaper any rough edges that will touch the wall. Then, attach the half with the handle to your wall studs using wall bracket hardware. A few suitcases hung near each other will give your guest bedroom a travel-ready look.

Place an old makeup carrying case as a catchall for jewelry and other small keepsakes on a nearby table to complete the look. The result of reusing these vintage travel items will be a nifty and stylish space that even travel accessory designers like Louis Vuitton would love.

Forget painting one wall a different color than the other three and consider this feature wall technique: create and put up a world map! Cut out various pieces of printed wallpaper in the shapes of the world’s continents. Apply the wallpaper shapes as they would appear on the pages of an atlas and create a cool and decorative feature wall. Enhance the cut-out shapes with rub-on lettering to indicate famous cities, landmarks, or places that you have visited. This feature wall method can be used to make wallpaper cutouts of a color wheel for the bedroom of a budding artist, a map of the United States for a geography fanatic, or a baseball diamond for your favorite little league player.

If you want to make a wall of your craft room both functional and fancy, use a hanging metal plate rack to hold rolls of wrapping paper, blank stretched canvases, or empty flea market frames, which are ready to be filled with mirrors, needlepoint pictures or vintage prints.

And don’t cry over broken antiques or family heirlooms… but don’t trash the broken pieces either. Pick up the pieces and make something useful and special. Broken china plates are common and you can also make a good-looking picture frame from old transferware plates of ironstone ceramic or from red terracotta pottery pieces. Be sure to use a tile grout in a secured wooden frame surround. Don’t forget to wear gloves in order to protect your hands from the sharp broken ceramic pieces.

When it comes to antiques, make them part of your home design and keep the memories of loved ones close to your heart.

Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Wonderful Wall Designs Using Antiques

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