I’m notorious for jumping around rooms, doing projects as I go but something’s gotten into me and after the new gallery wall in the hallway was finished, I moved to the boring light fixture. I’m sure it’s been here since the house was built (1980’s) and it’s not in the budget to completely scrap it for a brand new one. So, I painted it (and forgot to take a ‘before’ picture before I did…oops). It’s a simple little light – just a brushed silver base with a globe underneath. After scheming, I came up with lots of ideas on ways to rework it by replacing the globe with a homemade capiz chandelier or a small lamp shade…but, eventually I settled on just painting the base. I’ll be on the hunt the next time I’m thrifting (Lord knows when that’ll be but I’ve put in a request with Anthony to have a thrifting day for my birthday next week) for an old brassy I can jazz up to replace it with but until then, at least it’s lookin’ a little better.
All I did was take off the glass globe and then used a foam brush to prime the metal base (Zinnisser water-based primer in white). I also made sure to prime the screws that hold in the globe since they’re visible.
Then I grabbed the leftover test pot of paint (Valspar’s Secluded Garden) I used to stamp our kitchen rug and painted the base with the same (cleaned and dried) foam brush, using a small paintbrush around where the base meets the ceiling.
I won’t be devastated if the paint doesn’t hold up but I don’t foresee too many problems since the light isn’t touched minus swapping out bulbs.
Next up is painting the cream colored door bell on the left wall. I’d also love to add a fun geometric runner to cover up the ugly carpet but that’s number 430 on the priority list…however, I’m not sure how that would handle the girls wheeling their toys down the hall. Anyone have a rug over carpet plus kids that stays put? Fill me in.
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If you have a moment, please, please, please say a prayer or two for the two year-old daughter of our friends. In the past month they’ve discovered a very large, cancerous tumor in her brain and she’s undergone multiple surgeries with more to come. Her name is Madison and she’s so beautiful and so sweet. I can’t imagine the difficulty it is to see your baby suffer at such a young age and my heart is broken for them. But, they are very faithful and strong and know that God has a plan and it is always the best plan.
Blessed Francis Seelos, pray for us.
Naked walls are a thing around here. If you’ve checked out our House Tour pages, you’ve probably noticed. There are always plans to hang stuff but then babies, time, other projects, and indecision get in the way. Not anymore (she says after experiencing the satisfaction and motivation that filling a couple of walls brings…we’ll see how long that lasts, won’t we? Sebastian cackles in the background.)
Enter our boring hallway.
When planning gallery walls and collages and all that shebang, the hallway definitely wasn’t on the top of the list to fill as it’s probably the most inconspicuous spot in the house. Guests walk down it to get to their home away from home but that’s about it. I travel it’s short road only to grab something craft-related for a project or some fabric I have stashed in the guestroom. Well, now it’s a walk down memory lane as well. (Cue the oldies.)
I loved the way the frames were all separated by a wide line and lined up along that line, top and bottom. I had to have it and it had to be in the hallway. That was the long-term plan, apparently.
Well, since I had 20 frames to work with after our big Dirt Cheap haul, this pin was finally going to come to life.
It was seriously one of the easiest projects because all it took was a little measuring and hammering. No collage working and re-working, no puzzling frames together in a big blob, none of that. Just me and a few straight lines. Here’s how I did it and how you can hang one of your very own.
First of all, this is a great project if you have a bunch of different sized, different types of frames (hit up your local thrift stores). Like in the inspiration picture, you can layer frames on top of each other or you can have a couple of single rows like I do. Either way the focus goes toward the vertical line down the middlestraight lines where the tops and bottoms line up. (I know Walmart usually has an end cap full of frames of the same style for $3 each.) Grab a bunch of different sizes or grab a bunch of the same size and alternate which way you hang them.
Next, figure out a simple layout. I laid all my frames out on the floor just as they’d hang on the wall to make sure my alternating pattern was going to look okay. (Hint: It does, so really you can skip this step if a’alternating you go.) Then, to figure out at what height I wanted the frames, I took out the paper inserts in each frame and taped them to the walls (measurements below).
and pressed, making an imprint in the wall where the nail would go. (If you don’t want to make one, this picture hanging tool would be a great investment!)
Pound a nail in, hang a frame, move on. (Oh and don’t forget to erase/wipe off your pencil lines!)
As for the pictures in the frames, I just grabbed a few of our favorites off of Instagram, resized and edited them by adding the ‘Bob’ filter to each in pixlr.com (the pixlr-o-matic version), and got them printed (and delivered cause you know this mom ain’t braving the public alone quite yet), and inserted.
Since all of the frames were all stuffed in a shopping cart in close quarters, they’re all a little scuffed up here and there but it’s nothing that a little paint can’t fix. I’m not doing it tomorrow but I’ve been dreaming of repainting our living room and hallway a bright white to lighten things up. If that happens, how pretty would it be to spray paint these frames a pale gold? Someday…
So, do you have any secrets/tips to easy gallery wall-ing? Do share. I’ve only got 50-some more walls to go! :)
We’re all alive. I can’t say it’s been a cake walk because then my nose might extend 10 feet out but, it’s been…mmm, interesting and crazy and hard and crazy and crazy. I smiled and responded to those “You’re gonna have your hands full” people telling me, the pregnant lady pushing the twins in the double-wide, with “It’ll be crazy but we love it”, but I really didn’t know it’d be this crazy. Camille took the words right out of my brain in her post this morning.
But anyway, let’s turn the lights on the little man. He’s charging up the growth scale, weighing 9 lbs. 11 oz. today (50th percentile) and stretching out at 22.75 inches (90th percentile). He’s still a champ at eating but sleeping? Eh…okay. He’ll let me have one four hour stint every night and then it’s all two or three hours between feedings. (But let me tell you – I am not complaining! Feeding ONE vs. TWO in the wee hours of the morning is the only cake walk I’m treading right now!) He’s still in his sleepy newborn phase but isn’t a fan of being put down so mama plays kangaroo with the moby wrap for most of the day. Blah, blah, blah, I know lots of you know what a newborn is like and for those of you that don’t, I won’t detail his simple life and bore you to death. The important thing is that he is dang cute and I have my handsome hubs to thank for that. : )
Happy One Month little Sebastian! We love you so!