Posting has been slow lately.
Mostly because I am working on very few smaller projects.
Everything is a big project that takes time.
But I will show you the progress I have made on one project.
My Gallery Wall
I have no pictures in the frames yet.
But getting the frames hung them is great progress.
All of these frames are random old frames that I got at thrift shops.
I painted them all the same color - to give it a unified look.
I traced each frame onto newspaper, cut it out and then arranged the newspaper on the wall.
And it stayed that way for about 3 months.
You are reading this correctly, I had newspaper on my wall for 3 months.
Part of my procrastination was it has been cold and
I was trying to spray paint all of my frames.
The spray paint wasn't drying well and I had to re-do a few frames.
I got discouraged.
Finally I decided to just paint them by hand.
I'm glad I did it. They turned out great, and painting them by hand
didn't take as long as I thought it would.
I have spray painted a few of the picture matts white.
Much cheaper then buying matts.
When I began hanging my frames I started out with a hammer and nail.
I tried that method where you hammer a nail into a paint stirring stick or clothespin
and then you can mark exactly where you what your hole....
It was no fun.
I had a few hung, but it was much more difficult then I thought it would be.
When my son knocked a frame off the wall while running down the stairs
I threw my hands up in frustration.
This was ridiculous! It wasn't working right and it was taking
I told my husband,
"I'm just going to have to do this the expensive way!"
And I grabbed my purse and headed out the door to wal-mart.
Where I picked up four boxed of these.
It cost a little over $30, but since I didn't spend a lot of money on frames,
I decided that it was ok to splurge on getting them hung right.
These are located in the hardware section by all of the hooks.
They are also at Lowe's or Target, or almost anywhere.
These are just little velcro type stickers that will come off your wall cleanly
when you want to remove them.
You put the two pieces of velcro on, remove the paper from the back,
place it, press it and done!
This was so much easier.
It took about 30 minutes to hang everything.
The hammer and nail method would have taken hours.
Not to mention I would have a million holes in my wall.
I used 3 sets (6) velcro for all of the regular frames.
2 sets (4) for the light ones and 4 sets (8) for the heavier ones.
The best thing about it is my frames are spaced perfectly, and they don't move.
This is how I hung and spaced them.
I used our TV remote as a spacer so they were all equally spaced.
I put my level on top of the frame, adjusted it so it was level
and them I pressed the frame onto the wall.
As you can see I deviated a little from where the newspapers were placed, but not much.
Those were mostly only used so I knew I liked the basic design.
How did I get my remote to stay put?
I'm going to fill a few frames with distressed mirrors like that one you can see below.
And the rest will be filled with family pictures.
I am really liking it so far.
The frames are staying put nicely and I like the layout I chose.
Now I need to get on the ball and order pictures to fill all of these frames.
How to decide!
Should my photos be black and white? Sepia? Antique? Regular?
Tell me what you think.