Hello everyone, it’s been a while! Things have been crazy here these past to weeks. Happy Memorial Day – belated. I want to start by saying thank you to all the service men and woman that risk their lives for this country to provide the freedom we all enjoy. Last weekend consisted of time with family and some crafting. This weekend I ran in the Color Run, it’s a really fun, really colorful 5k. How was your weekend, did you get out and enjoy the beautiful weather?
Craft OCD and a busy schedule don’t mix, it’s a recipe for getting a lot of nothing done. I’ve been so busy starting ideas that I haven’t finished any of them. I easily have half a dozen partially completed projects underway and another few swirling around in my head… I didn’t get anywhere near as much done as I would’ve liked but I couldn’t let another weekend go by without crossing something off my list so I finished the easiest project I had, the gallery wall.
A couple years ago I was watching the Nate Berkus show and he suggested that you trace and cut out sheets of paper the same size as the frames to arrange when hanging up photos or art. It allows you to move the frames around without committing to anything. I thought it was a great idea and I’ve been using it since. This is my third gallery wall so this time around I knew what not to do.
The last gallery wall looked like this
The arrangement was nice and I loved using my sons hand prints but it was time for a change. I started with a clean slate and took down all the frames. I made such a mess the first time that I had holes all over the place. I patched them up with some Dap Fast N Final spackle.
I cut out my “frames” using some sale circulars I had around the house and started arranging. I surfed Pinterest for some inspiration, pictures and ideas. If your thinking about adding a gallery wall to your own home Pinterest is a great resource. I had two ideas I really loved so I put them both on the wall and took some pictures to help decide.
In an effort to never have to patch that many holes again I decided to use Command Picture hanging strips this time. I attached them to the back of the frames and prepped the walls following the instructions on the box. The next part was pretty easy since the lay out was already on the wall. I marked off exactly where the other half of the command strips where supposed to go and attached. The thing that drove me crazy about the last gallery wall was how the frames always moved a little and ended up a bit crooked. This wall is in between my front door and the coat closet so the doors slam shut pretty often shaking the wall. The command strips don’t let the frames move so I wanted them, no my OCD needed them to stay straight. I grabbed my level, rested it on the frames and adjusted until the bubble was centered on every single frame.
I loved the hand prints so much I did them again. It was amazing to see how much the boys have grown since the last time I worked on this space back in 2011. I bought a couple of laser cut wooden plaques from Michael’s and painted them the same aqua color I used with the Media center and on the re upholstered ottoman. Once they were dry I painted the boys hands with some white craft paint and laid them on the wood. My dogs paw print was a little harder… But she’s a good dog and knows I love her so she let me paint and print her paw for the second time. It may seem a little strange to add a dogs paw print to the wall but she really is a part of the family. There was a small space left so I decided to recycle the key plaque from the last wall. I gave it one coat with my white Zinsser primer and a coat of aqua. After it dried I used some glue dots to attach the keys.
I thought about using color photos again but decided to go with black and white this time and I love the contrast between them and the aqua plaques. I’ve been toying around with an idea in my head for my toddlers desk area and if I decided to do it the black and white pictures will also work with it. I still have a couple empty frames to fill but I love it!! I’m not anywhere near done with the living room but I am happy with the overall progress and I feel like the room is really coming together.
One more look at the before and after
Re upholster the ottoman
Condense DVD collection
Organize/style the media center
- New toy storage
- Spray paint frames & find new art
Re arrange gallery wall
- Miscellaneous painting and crafts