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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Eclectic Picture Wall--My Second House Project

I was going to call this my first project, but I guess I have to let my painted laminate countertops be the first project. I feel like it was first, because I started planning for it the minute our offer was accepted.

I wanted to do something really striking on entering the house. I had this idea to do a lot of different pictures on a wall with a monogram in the middle. I actually started gathering and painting frames weeks ago, and the quilling monogram was the last piece of it.. I didn't pay more than a dollar for any frame, except the middle one, which was $5. I did probably go through two or three cans of spray paint. I actually have a cool idea for how to dress up some of the plainer frames, but that is going to wait for later. Right now, I'm loving it.

I totally splurged on those new Command strips, the picture hanging ones which are sort of velcro-ish and you can take the pictures on and off. I'm so glad I did, although it was probably as much as the frames, because they are all hanging pretty straight, will likely remain so, they are easy to get on and off and I don't worry about the kids knocking them off the wall, AND they were a lot easier to put up than putting nails everywhere.

I knew for a while that I wanted to do teals in the living room. The kitchen is going to have some in it too, since the spaces need to relate to each other. One thing I really love about this house is that the kitchen feels integrated into the living space, but it's not just floating around. It has a defined area too.

Anyway, I wanted to paint the wall behind the pictures teal. It was a bit of a challenge to figure out how to do this, with the way the stairs are set up, with the railing on one side and the half wall on the other, but I finally decided to just paint the long rectangle. I think it works pretty well.

One of the hardest parts was narrowing down the pictures. I think I had 72 in a folder once I finished going through all the pictures since we were married. These are really some of my very favorites.

Also, dang, my kids are CUTE!

So, here's the before:

And the after:
That light fixture has got to go! It's ugly and it doesn't even work.

Oh, and if you're interested, here are the photos I choose.

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