DIY THURSDAY: BEFORES AND AFTERS…

Well, I somehow managed to get sick for the second time in one month. Tis the season, I suppose, but I fully blame the overly-crowded DC metro on this one!

With my head a bit fuzzy and my nose feeling as though it’s about to burst, I decided to forgo the planned DIY project for this week. I was resolved to post something equally entertaining, however, and was wracking my brain on what it could possibly be when my Aha! moment hit.

Who doesn’t love before and after pictures?!

I’ve lived in my home for just under 2 years now, and while the progression has been slow going, it’s still a world of a difference from what it was before we moved in. So without further ado…

LIVING ROOM: (repainted in Valspar Chalk Green)

Living Room Before

Living Room 2012 - AFTER

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(You can find the tutorial on the wall gallery here.)

DINING ROOM: (repainted in Valspar Oatmeal)

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(DIY shelving tutorial here.)

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(Architectural décor tutorial here.)

HALLWAY: (repainted in Valspar Oatmeal)

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(Barn door coat rack tutorial here.)

Needless to say, it’s still a work in progress, but I can’t deny that I’m happy with the progression! Next up: the kitchen and the library!

What do you think? Do you have any befores and afters you would like to share? If so, feel free to send them my way and I will share a few in Next Thursday’s post!

DIY THURSDAY: THE WALL GALLERY & FREE PRINTABLES!

I’ve always had a love for wall galleries but have never had the patience to create my own. It takes time to curate the frames, choose the perfect pictures, Photoshop and enlarge any photos, and then actually hang these pieces in some kind of logical and well designed manner…I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

BUT, after years of coveting galleries such as this:

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Or this:

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And even this:

I finally decided to create my own…

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(I hung whatever string – or ribbon in this case – I had available and attached my keys at the bottom to create the straight line needed to hang the pictures)

Wall Gallery Continued

(I then measured the space on the wall and did a quick draft arrangement on the floor before hanging each piece)

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Obviously, I’m not quite finished – I still need to fill the majority of the frames, paint the bottom right frame in chalkboard, straighten everything out a bit, and perhaps add another picture or three, but it’s a good start! And what a difference it makes!

The oval bird pictures are from Décor Steals (previously WUSLU), the bottom right frame is a $1 flea market find (which I plan on painting over), and the remaining small frames are from Michael’s. The two large white frames are also from Michael’s, which I simply painted over in Annie Sloan’s Old White chalk paint. I also plan on painting the top, right frame in a color TBD – perhaps in something bold and bright?

*On a side note: if you come across a cheap frame in a style, but perhaps not the right color or wood tone, that you like – don’t hesitate to buy it! You can easily find frames for $1 or less at flea markets and garage sales, and with 5 minutes of your time and a tab of paint, you’ve got yourself a chic and charming transformation.

Now, finding the pictures to fill the frames is the hard part! If you have children, I highly recommend framing of few of their masterpieces. It’s a great way to makes them feel good and grow their confidence while adding a fun pop of color to your wall – all without spending a dime!

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(This is another gallery I’m working above my bar in the dining room. Yep, I still have a bit of work to do on this one too, but the first thing I added was an original piece of art my little nephew painted just for me!)

Otherwise, take a gander around the web, and you’ll find dozens of free printables. The “Carpe Diem” piece I have hanging in my living room, for example, can be found here.

Carpe Diem

Or, if you’d like something a little more vintage-y, take a look at the printables over at the well-loved Graphics Fairy or Vintage Printable. Or, for a few other fun options, try here, here, or here. (Just make sure you give credit where credit is due, and never claim these pieces as your own creation!)

A wall gallery is an excellent way to showcase your personality; it’s not suppose to be perfect, but it’s a perfect statement piece – so have fun with it! Carpe Diem, right?!