Jul 9, 2011

Framed

I was waiting to post this for a while in hopes that it would be 100% done before I unleashed it on the world wide web! Unfortunately it's only 95% done...and I am impatient. Just look past the imperfection for me, please?

It all starts with this big empty space above my big brown couch. Exhibit A:


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Can you say boring? I spent a few months thinking and wondering what I should do to jazz up the space. My apartment in SMALL to say the least, and this big wall is one of the first places your eyes go after you walk in! I thought about buying some pictures, painting some art, or doing one huge colorful art piece. But nothing was really standing out in the way you want it to. You know, when you come up with an idea, and you hear angels sing and the room brightens? No? Is that just me? OOOKAY, moving on.

 Enter Pinterest. My favorite website, as you read all about here (hopefully). As I was perusing the site (as I often do for hours and hours...and hours.) I found this:


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I. LOVE. IT. I love how all the frames are black and the photos are black and white. I adore how they are arranged around a horizontal line going through the center. I have never seen frames hung like this before! It is so interesting to look at isn't it?
However, since I cannot paint my cream colored walls (life in an apartment....ugh), and I have a huge brown leather couch that I inherited from my parents, I knew that if I did this I'd have to go brown. I was okay with that idea, knowing that I could always spray paint them if my color palate changed! My color scheme throughout the apartment is currently earthy tones. When I have an actual house...I will definitely be going blacks, grays, whites with "pops of color". Nate Berkus says he'll never say that again...but I like it. So I'm sayin' it! 

Thanks to some fabulous sales at Bed, Bath ,and Beyond, I didn't end up spending that much on some frames. I also used some I already had! They are mismatched and I love that. Someday I might spray paint them all the exact same brown. But for now the slightly varied shades of brown don't bother me.


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I then spent a good while getting a perfectly straight, horizontal line. This is always the hard part for me! But thankfully my husband has some cool gadgets like this laser level that suctions on the to wall.


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My walls are slightly textured and this little laser guy didn't like that. So I created a smooth surface just using blue painters tape. Worked like a charm! And gave me this: 


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...a nice straight line! It looks perfect to me...so that's the story I'm stickin' with! 

If you are like me, deciding how to arrange the pictures will take you the longest. If you are not like me, you will just hang them up and hope it works. It will probably turn out perfect for you...but I don't have that super power. So just keep it to yourself, okay!? ANYWAYS I spend a good while arranging, and rearranging them on the floor. I finally found an arrangement that I liked. I heard angels and the room got brighter...I swear that happens! Probably only to really crafty and artsy people like myself!!!
I started with this:


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and ended up with this:


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(You might notice my little sticky notes on them...I just numbered them when I found an arrangement that I liked...then I could play around with them a little more without losing their spots!)

One thing that I thought was super important was for these pictures, (top row, and bottom) to end up flush with each other on each side. I think that is what makes it look so clean and polished in the inspiration photo. This actually was the hardest part for me. So I used the good old "hang the paper before the pictures" trick and it ended up working really well for me. I only have about seven "oops" holes....
I don't have pictures of my paper hanging up. I marked the spots then took them down. Although looking back it would've been easier to take them down as I went. Not sure what I was thinking...oh well! It worked out!


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They look a little wonky only because I hadn't used my super putty stuff to stick them to the wall! That is the trick to a nice straight picture you know... 
After changing a few around, and messing up a little a lot, I was finally satisfied! Wanna see!?


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I added two of my wedding photos in the frames just to see how they look. I like them but definitely don't want a whole wall of wedding pictures. Nothing says "self absorbed" then a wall of wedding pictures, am I right?! The others are just the pictures that came in the frames. They are really pretty! Aren't they usually of a smiling dad with his son on his shoulders? Or a women with her dog at the beach? I was pleasantly surprised that these frames came with pictures of historic landmarks, and pretty little details like lamp posts and stoney walkways! Beautiful....but not the look I am going for. 


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I haven't decided what I want to put in them yet! How do you think black and white would look with the brown frames? Sepia is too antique looking for me I think. Maybe I should scrap the photo idea altogether and just add patterned paper to them all? What do you think? Any ideas?

I also realized that adding more frames to each side would be even BETTER. The wall still has room on either side. I'm doin' it!!!

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4 comments:

  1. I love this wall... I did a frame wall too check out my blog and see what you think.

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  2. Love the black frames! Your blog is adorable :)

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  3. Carly, I used this great tip at home and framed a bunch of kid photos in it! Loved it! Thanks!

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  4. Oh I bet that looks so cute Dana! I love framed kids art!

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