Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Entry Extraordinaire

I love Young House Love and Bower Power.  I really do.  They're a couple of the very few blogs I follow regularly.  Other than their general awesomeness, you know what I really like?  The fact that they give everyone a kick in the rear every few months to actually do a project we've pinned from Pinterest!  What a novel idea!  So without further ado, here's...


YHL and Katie teamed up with Emily from Sparkle Meets Pop, and Renee from Red Bird Blue for this challenge, so be sure to go see what fantastic things they've all dreamed up.

Me?  Finally got around to a project that's been waiting in the wings for months years?  It's been a long time.  I pinned this picture ages ago.  It was one of the first things I pinned when Pinterest was a new and exciting, "I finally got my invitation, did you get yours?" kind of thing.

Unfortunately, the link no longer works, so I'm not sure who to give credit to.  But isn't it kind of darling?  Well, I like it.  Convincing Anthony was a slightly different matter, but a man's mind isn't cut out to accept empty frames hanging on the wall.  I suppose the same could be said for a lot of women.  Maybe I only love it because I'm scared of makes me feel incompetent.  We have strayed.

So, I collected garage sale and thrift store frames and mirrors for quite a while, then spread them out on my garage floor and gave them the ol' flat white spray paint treatment.  And then left them there for so long that I had collected more frames and had to re-do the ones I'd already done.  I'm really on top of things.  This was a project that made Anthony sigh a lot.

I believe I can pinpoint the problem, though.   Fear of hanging all these frames.  Ugh.  Only a crazy person would enjoy it.  

So here's where we started.  This is the lovely sight that would have met you when we first moved in.  It's very...yellow.

 Apparently, after this day, I never took another picture of our entry again.  I searched through three years worth of pictures this morning trying to find one.  Elusive little entry.  Here's the best one I came across.  With a bewildered Darcy in the foreground.  Basically, the only upgrade for almost three years was a new light fixture and an IKEA table (that you can't see).

There's no mind-blowing tutorial for this process.  I envisioned laying everything out and measuring and coming up with a fantastic way to space everything...instead I started slapping things up on the wall.  I started with the bigger mirrors, then filled everything else in.

Here is the one in-progress shot I took.  Anthony (though not totally excited about the whole thing) very kindly hung most everything while I stood back and said, "A little to the left, dear!"  He's a keeper.

So here's the final result!  Finally...something on my wall.  And I think Anthony has come around a bit.  He said "I love it", although I'm not sure that love quite reached his eyes...

Aaaand one more.  Can't stop the picture taking.

 I'm super happy with it.  How have YOU filled up a giant wall?  With actual art?  I'm impressed.  And intimidated.

P.S.  If you're interested in Bertrand the Giraffe, I shared his story here.


  1. It looks amazing! And I love the Z Gallerie giraffe...I have been "needing" that giant moose head for years!

    1. Thanks! And boy, do I love that giraffe too...I meant to talk about him in my post, but forgot. He's got a great story (you can bet your boots we didn't pay $130 for him...). I'll have to dedicate an entire post to him sometime this week :)

  2. It looks great! What's the back story on the giraffe?! I love him! I need his sister in my house...

    1. You really do...if he was within arm's reach I believe I'd stroke his nose every few minutes. Love him! And I promise I'll post something this week with his story. It's awesome. In my esteemed opinion. ;)

  3. Beautiful job! And kudos to you for getting it done.

  4. Your wall looks gorgeous!

  5. I am so in love with how this turned out, seriously it's perfect! Oh and your dog is super adorable too :)

  6. Very pretty! Love how it turned out.
    And, you have a gumball machine in your house?!!!!!
    Coming over from the Spring Pinterest Challenge.
    - Anjana @

    1. Indeed! I wanted a gumball machine for the longest time, and finally found one at a garage sale :)