Friday, June 5, 2015

Living Room Gallery Wall Update

School is officially out and I am on summer vacation.  Today is day one and I wasted no time being productive because hello, it takes teachers a couple of weeks to get into vacation mode.  Unfortunately, I normally don't have the time to devote to my blog like I'd like to.  However, with summer vacation here, and the itch to update some things around the house, I hope to be a bit more active over the next couple of months.

Project #1:  Living room wall.  Back in 2011 we painted our living room and added an accent piece on one of the large walls.  You can find that blog entry and details here.  Things have been tweaked over the years, but the wall was definitely due for an upgrade.  I'm happy with the colors so I didn't repaint.  It was all about new wall accessories.  After cruising Pinterest for a while, I gathered my ideas and headed out to Rod Works, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods.  

Here is what the wall looked like after I took everything off (I was in such an excited rush that I forgot to take a 'before' picture.)  I used the packing paper from my purchases to cut out the shapes of the items I bought so I could manipulate them until I was happy with the arrangement.

I had initially bought a metal W initial (for our last name) to fit inside an empty frame, but it ended up being too big.  Instead, I fooled around on the Tagxedo website and made this:  A personalized subway art for our family.

At first I was searching for a premade family subway art to print, but then I remembered hearing about this website and gave it a shot.  Totally easy, totally cool.  I typed in the words I wanted to use, chose the shape and colors, and printed it out.

As far as the rest of the wall, here is what I came up with on my shopping trips.

Metal Initial:  Hobby Lobby

 Wall Hanging:  Target

Mirror:  Hobby Lobby

Bike:  Hobby Lobby

 After moving the papers around and around, this is what I came up with.

Oh that...over there on the right side?  I had some handmade project there that I can't find the link to, but it was due to be taken down.  Really, you aren't missing anything.  In its place I found a metal sign from Hobby Lobby and wooden numbers, and the curly rod at Rod Works to hang the numbers from. first post in a while.  Stay tuned for more summer projects.!