British Colonial Style for Home Decor: DIY Wall Art

Moving into a new house certainly makes one creative!

Earlier this year I when I first moved here I was so excited about this new place that I spent a good amount of time exploring this area. My exploration had me ended up collecting some dried tree branches thinking they could be put to good use. I could maybe recycle them into something artsy.

Of course that never happened, until like half a year later now when I’m about to move into my own unit. And I thought, why not turn the branches into some kind of a wall art, since the theme of my home is British colonial.

Thus I started the wall art project off by creating a frame of branches, where it took me about two days to assemble. The photo below depicts how the frame looks like.

wall art

I installed a wall lamp at the corner of the frame. Reason being that I had earlier bought two of those lamps from Ikea without knowing what to do with them. And guest what – they cost only about RM11 each, super cheap!

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The incomplete wall art below. At this point I was hesitating whether to paint the frame white. I wanted it to look classy and vintage.

wall art

I know the white warm light is a little off and feels “unromantic”. Opting for warm white light would have been more appropriate.

My biggest mistake, however, was my decision to paint the branches white, thinking it could pull the classy look.

wall art

The reason why white doesn’t go quite well on the wall is because it doesn’t stand out against my already creamy-white wall! If I had chosen not to paint it, it would have easily stood out.

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To fix the problem, my colleague suggested putting something darker at the back of the frame to enhance contrast against the white-painted frame.

And here is the outcome:

wall art

Well, much better, but not as good as before the frame was painted white. Nevertheless I feel it’s still an okay wall art for a first-timer like me.

Change the bulb to a warm white one and it shall give a more desirable atmosphere.

British Colonial Style for Home Decor: Budget Shopping

Hi people.

Allow me to dedicate this entry and the next few ones to my very first attempt at British colonial-styled home decor. These entries will showcase my progress as I work towards turning my apartment unit into a dream home – one that has a classy, vintage feel to it.

Colour has to be a combination of white, light brown, dark brown, and black.

I know the photo quality in this entry is horrible as I didn’t have my Panasonic Lumix with me when I took them. No more handphone-quality photos in the next posts I swear.

Anyway in this first post, I’m gonna blog about how much I spent on certain home decor items over the weekend.

The best buy went to…


It’s not just a photo frame, but a wooden key box! And I bought it not only because it’s white and fits my British colonial theme, but guess how much it cost?

Original price was RM25, and they sold it MUCH cheaper with the clock already gone missing, at only…



Is that not cheap?

The next item is a metal clothes hanger (the type that allows you to hook over the door top) at 50% off because of Hari Raya sales. I bought it at OU Mall at Puduraya together with the key box, among other things.


It cost only RM3.50.

Don’t know how to call the following item, but the piece of metal is supposed to give your lock extra “protection”.


Well I know it’s not supposed to be here in the list but since I bought it together on the same day I may as well include it.

RM18 for a “lock armor”.

A wooden dish mat, for only…


RM1.90. Cheap, protects against heat on your table, and also vintage (and therefore classy to me).

Galvanised plant pot (I bought two) from Ikea. Fits amazingly well with Hessian.


A rattan basket I bought from Daiso for RM5 (most Daiso items are sold at RM5 per piece). I have no idea what to do with the basket yet but I figure I could put some fruits inside.


Rusch clock from Ikea.


For only RM3.30. I bought it not only because it’s freaking cheap, but because it’s white, minimalistic, and fits my theme damn well.

In the photo below, I bought the tea mat at 100 Yen shop for RM5 and the block candle at OU Mall for only RM2. Hardly believable right?


I’m not a fan of block candles but it’s cheap so whatever. Using it to attack thieves is also a very reasonable side-use.

A mini bamboo blind I bought from 100 Yen shop at RM5.90.


It’s rather “Japanese” and thus I have now used it for another project, which I will blog about much later.

Three different variations of the jute strings and also a cotton string ball for my quart jars project. Bought them in various places including some old shops at Petaling Street and Daiso.


About RM20 in total for the string.

And last but definitely not least – a mini platform for plant. Put a plant on top and it has the tendency of making your home feel serene and close to nature.


Alright, more about my other projects in the next posts. Take care and remember to live life to the fullest.

I’m Ken, a passionate traveller from Sarawak on the exotic island of Borneo. Currently a teacher in a rural town in Southern Thailand, from time to time I share on this blog my experiences teaching the kids and living a laid-back lifestyle here. With its focus on all things Thailand, also features a handful of stories about my travel adventures in other Asian countries.