Crafty and Cheap Gift Idea for the Powder Room

The powder room is our little haven. It is the one place that women kind of have free reign over decorating. We have to share the decorating duties for the living room, bed room, even the kitchen, but most partners don’t care what we do to the powder room since they don’t spend as much time as we do there. It is our own little she cave.

pink bathroom sink
Photo by Celine Lityo on Unsplash

So here is an idea for a gift for a friend or a hint for guys looking to do something nice for their lady. Frame a beauty advertisement or 2 for her to hang in the powder room. Old magazine advertisements for beauty and bathroom products are easy to find in magazines at antique stores and online. One of our local antique malls has a booth devoted to old advertisements.

The great thing about advertisements for beauty products from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s is they are often heavily geared toward one color scheme. Color was so important to decorating in the middle of the 20th century and so these ads lend themselves well to this decorating idea.

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Group of vintage beauty advertisements from the 20th century

Here’s how to implement this vintage gift idea

Pick the advertisements

Find the ads first. You can get them from a vintage magazine, purchase them on Etsy or Ebay, etc. And consider growing this idea to the kitchen as well. You can easily do this with vintage food product advertisements.

Here are are some search terms to use on Etsy to start with:

  • Ponds vintage magazine advertisement
  • Black haircare vintage magazine advertisement
  • Elizabeth Arden vintage magazine advertisement
  • Avon vintage magazine advertisement
  • Hairspray vintage magazine advertisement
  • Max Factor vintage magazine advertisement

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Get the frame/s

Purchase unfinished wood frames that are larger than the advertisement. Many magazines from the 1940s and 1950s were less than 11 x 14 inches in size, so a frame that is 11 x 14 inches should be a good size. But if not, or if you would like more matting around the outside of the print, 12 x 16 inches might be what you need.

Tip: Be sure to purchase a frame that already has a back to it. It will save you a whole lot of extra work later.

unfinished wood frame

Paint the frame

Acrylic craft paint, from your local art supply shop (better to judge color) or online, are perfect for painting.

Tip: Pyramid paint stands are a must have tool in keeping your frame elevated for painting and drying.

acrylic craft paint

Matting the project

Yes. You can buy pre-cut matts or maybe even try to cut your own, but I would consider just buying sheets of art paper from your local art supply store and mounting the advertisement right on top of it with double stick tape. You save yourself the headache of cutting a window in the matt. It is quicker AND you’ll have more color choices.

art craft paper
Photo by Hamed Daram on Unsplash

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Welcome to the Bobby Pin Blog! I am Lauren Rennells and as a hairstylist, makeup artist, writer, and generally artistic over-achiever, the Bobby Pin Blog is my outlet for thoughts and research about vintage hair and makeup trends and how to recreate them today. Thank you for stopping by!

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