Saturday, April 5, 2014

Components of Gallery Wall

 I still love my gallery wall that I posted about in November!
Gallery Wall

This was very inexpensive because I re-purposed some items I had and found other items at St. Vincent's. I did end up using Command Strips, because the thought of placing all of those nails in the wall (only to remove & patch them when I got tired of it) was stress-inducing.

I placed each element on the wall with a level. It's all pretty level, but looking at this picture, I see a couple might need re-leveled. The Command Strips will make that easy (and, no, this is not a sponsored post for 3M).


Gallery Wall

1 - I had one frame and bought the other two at St. Vincent's. I used Jenny's tutorial to make these into mirrors with Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint. The two bigger ones had a no-glare type of glass. While I like the effect, they are not mirrored. The smaller one had regular glass and is actually a mirror (and I love it!). In addition to Jenny's technique, I used a light misting of copper and black spray paints.

2 - I created these fall prints from a graphic from the Graphics Fairy and re-purposed some old dragon fly prints I had.

3 - I bought 6 of these circle frames from St. Vincent's. They were a faux-wood plastic. My husband cut out the back from some hard board. I spray painted these Blossom White and added a Dollar Tree mirror into the center.

4 - These were another find from St. Vincent's. The long rectangular mirror got a dose of gold spray paint while the other two are in their natural state (with Christmas snap shots from a downtown Chicago shopping trip).

5 - These were some old architectural things I had around the house. They just got a coat of Blossom White.

6 - This is a print that I have had for a while. It's from a local artist and represents some of the high points of the city where I live. The frame and mat are old as well and simply got a coat of Blossom White.

S - The "S" was from Hobby Lobby and got a dash of gold spray paint (it actually got several other colors first, but I settled on the gold).

I would say that this wall cost me about $35. Most of the cost involved the Command Strips.

Happy hanging!
Nicole
I'm linking up at Thrifty Decor Chick's April Before & After party

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy Spring!

After all the snow and extreme cold and polar vortex and ice and frost and mittens and hats and scarves and...

Spring has arrived!

Spring Front Door Wreath

To make this spring front door wreath, I started with an inexpensive grapevine wreath. I cut and removed the main, thick supporting grapevine that keeps the wreath together. Then I fanned it out to give it an airy look. I also cut apart all of the bunches of flowers, eggs, greens, etc. I applied each individually with hot glue and covered the glue "blobs" with moss. Finally, I added the cute little turquoise ladybugs (from Michael's) and the green filigree egg (from Pier 1). Some of the parts needed a little more stability (like the egg), so I engineered the parts together with green pipe cleaners and covered with more moss.

I really want to spring clean and clean up my yard and work on painting my house and paint my bathrooms and install board & batten in my master bedroom and make a bench in my dining room and paint my dining room hutch and refinish the dining room table I bought at St Vincent's right before this winter set in.

But first, I need to breathe in the fresh air!

What's on your spring to do list?

Nicole

I'm linking up at Remodelaholic and SITS Girls

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Joining the Gallery Wall Ranks

I've joined the gallery wall trend and here's a sneak peak:

I started by arranging things on the floor to get a feel for how things should lay out. Attempt #1 wasn't quite what I wanted.

Attempt #2 was getting closer. I especially liked the gold "S" that had previously been on my front door.

I decided that I liked the two square pictures and the two circular mirrors. I tried to keep an imaginary vertical axis between the two halves. The spacing between the square and the axis is about 1.5 inches.

Here is the 3rd attempt - this is what I ultimately went with.

One more glimpse of the new gallery wall in the living room:

I'll be back to talk about leveling, hanging and selecting frames and objects.

Any gallery walls in your future?  Nicole
I'm linking up at Tater Tots & Jello and Thrifty Decor Chick

Sunday, November 3, 2013

To Paint Trim or Not to Paint Trim - That is the Question

I love the look of white painted trim in a house. I mean, I really love it! But, I seem to be stuck when it comes to painting the trim in my own house.  Why am I struggling with it so much? When we first moved into the house (20 years ago), I was smitten with the natural wood trim. Our kitchen was one of the only rooms with white trim, and I decided to strip the paint. And that, my friends, was a pain in the you know what... Just last year, I painted it back white.

The truth is, painted trim could always get stripped so the wood is back to its natural state.

My husband is open to the idea of painting the trim. It seems that people in the city where I live are attached to natural wood trim.

This picture gives a good shot of the house's trim, but with the old paint color. I've since painted the living room with Comfort Gray.


I decided to take a look at a few houses that show the natural wood before as well as the painted trim after. This might help me with the visualization process.

 




This house uses a combination of natural wood features and painted trim.
 
I think every house that I've shown looks better with the white trim. What do you think? I'd love your opinions!! Nicole

Friday, November 1, 2013

31 Day Infographic

The Nester inspired over a thousand bloggers to blog for 31 days. I took that challenge, and focused on gratitude by connecting gratitude to posts about my house, decorating and DIYing. I completed the challenge, even though I missed a couple of posts.


I really like my little house, but the most important thing is not the actual things in the house but the people – the family and friends – and the love, peace and harmony they create.

I reflected on the 31 day process a few days ago so it is only fitting to do a more statistical type of wrap up.  (Note: Since this is my first attempt at an infographic, I used the template provided at this link as a starting point.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Go Back to What You Know

I was talking with a wise friend. She was telling me a story of when her adult child was going through a really rough time. She advised him simply: "Go back to what you know". Back to his foundation, his faith, his family.

I think this is beautiful advice, and as I reflect on this past month of blogging, I think this is apropos to a blog, especially this blog.

In many things that I do, I find myself in an "all or nothing" mode. But that's not good for me. It's not good for me with diet, with exercise, with work, with DIY projects, with household chores, with activities. And so I reflect on that advice "go back to what you know". Moderation in all areas of my life is key for me because it's what I "know" works, and this 31 day challenge just brought that fact home.

My blog posts do not have to be full of DIY how-tos, nor do they need to each be 700 words long. A few words, links, pictures can be okay. I enjoy blogging, I enjoy talking about DIY and decorating, and I enjoy coming up with tips, tricks, shortcuts and a few how-tos.

To go back to what I know, I simply need one word: moderation. I am grateful for the Nester providing this 31 day challenge. When it is completed, I will have missed a couple of days. That is okay. It has pushed me and challenged me to keep going.

What do you know...  Nicole

I'm participating in Nester's 31 day seriesClick here to access the index of gratitude posts.

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