Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mini Gallery Wall

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Because of the crazy weather this year, my school schedule and my kids school schedule were not quite the same over Easter break.  So, I found myself with two days all to myself.

If you know me at all, I can not just sit still, so I decided something needed to be done about this wall…

the blank canvas

I walk down the stairs every morning and it taunts me with its nothingness.  It was time to put a stop to it.

I gathered old frames that I had lying around, purchased the wooden R from Target, and set about my project for the day.

It turns out that my island was the perfect size to replicate the wall space.  I covered it with wax paper to protect it from the paint, and started laying out the frames I had.  After moving them around a lot, I decided on this layout.

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It is not very pleasing to the eye right now with all of the different colors and textures, so I grabbed a can of black paint from the basement and set to work painting them.  (One of the frames is made out of plastic, so I roughed it up a little with sandpaper to help the paint adhere better.)

painted gallery frames

Much more uniform.

Once they dried, I hung them up…

gallery wall

I even painted the frames you see on the distant wall.  They were a dark wood, but I wanted them to match the new gallery wall.  I put black and white photos in all of the frames so the look wasn’t too busy.  I had a great time going though old photos and picking my favorites.  I choose old ones for the distant frames, the boys got a kick out of looking at themselves…”When we were little.”

Gallery Wall

The black piece you see that looks like it has a white circle in it is a hook my Mother-in-Law bought me years ago.  It is a little architectural piece with a crystal doorknb and two hooks.  It is unusual and I love it, we use it to hang car keys when we walk in the door.

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 (Last summer we went to Charleston, SC and the iron work there was amazing.  The boys and I took pictures of pieces that represented our initials.  You can also buy letter photos at most craft fairs these days, it was just more fun to find them all ourselves.)

architectural letter

initial gallery wall

Gallery wall 3

Until next time…Happy Creating.

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Bathroom Remodel Phase 2

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A couple of disclaimers on this post.
1. This should probably be entitled DIY with Greg, because there is no chance I could have done this on my own.
And 2. I did not post pictures of phase 1, so don’t look for it.  If I find the original photos I will post a phase one, but sadly that phase was done a year ago, we just got back to this project last week. So it may take some digging.
Anyway, here is how it looked last Friday.

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This was phase one.  We took out the old single vanity, and put in double sinks, mirrors and lights.  In ordervto do this we had to remove a floor to ceiling cabinet which left this hole. (For a year)

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If you don’t look up, its okay.  We also installed a pocket door which really opened up the space. The door used to open into the bathroom cutting the space in half.

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We also installed part of the underlayment for the new tile floor so it woukd extend inder the new vanity.

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This is the surround and tub before we ripped it out.

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Here are some pictures of the tear out and installation.

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We are a long way from a completed bathroom, but we have an awesome new tile floor.  Next step will be to install the new plumbing fixtures and to tile the shower surround….

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Until next time, happy creating….
Dawn Marie

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