Just what goes on the wall in a man-cave bathroom?
Ah, the number of sleepless nights I’ve spent pondering that question. As you might have seen in the man-cave bathroom reveal, I had several ideas about finishing this space, but Julie really brought it home for me with her comment on pictures of vintage cars… we do live in a gas station, after all.
I decided on a series of vintage car and gas station pictures. (The middle one having particular significance for us because we currently live in that building.)
The 5×7 frames, were $2 each at our local Meijers.
And here’s my secret about the pictures. Do you know the best place to find vintage or historical pictures on the internet that are free?
I know, right? Who would ever think of that?
Well, actually, the same person who– at 11 PM– decided to do the splits between the bathroom vanity and window sill to get a good shot of her new wall art AND THEN GOT STUCK THERE.
Kind of like this…
Yeah, not as young as I used to be, apparently. Listen, I can’t be all genius all the time.
Anyway. Either I finally managed to get down, or I’m posting this entire thing from my iPhone, waiting for someone to bring a crane in and hoist me down… you decide.
As I was saying, the Library of Congress was a great resource for high-res images– I pulled 5 of the ones I used from there for free–and the rest I got from iStock for about $3 apiece.
I tried the layout in Photoshop first…
Once they were printed and framed, I admit it took some fairly complex mathematical equations to get them properly centered on the wall, but I don’t have a couple of college degrees for nothing, you know.
Okay, obviously the only reason our house hasn’t fallen down right now is because I wisely chose to live with an engineer for the rest of my life.
But it’s hard to argue with the end result, for under $30.
What do you think? Should I have gone vintage pin-up instead?