Make Something Monday: French memo board


My daughter is growing up. She used to have this cute vanity in her room.


Now that she’s going to first grade, there’s a lot more homework involved, and she needs a quiet space to complete that. Last year we used our dining table or office and there were just too many distractions.

A Craigslist search led us to this lovely desk.


I wanted Emorie to be able to have someplace to display her creative works and some pictures if she chooses, but I didn’t want it to make her room look messy.

The solution? A French memo board. I wanted it to match her room and I wanted it to look nice, but be cheap. 

I bought a piece of foam poster board, some ribbon, buttons and fabric.


I then ironed the fabric.


I sprayed the board with spray adhesive and stretched the fabric over it.


Then, I flipped it over and secured the edges to the back of the board.


I ran ribbon strips diagonally across the board at an equal distance apart.


And secured both ends of the ribbon to the back.


I then repeated this step but with ribbons running the opposite direction. I pushed a thumb tack into the intersected ribbons.


I also glued a button to the top of the tacks.

I plan on adding a frame but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


What do you think?
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Tips and tricks Tuesday: Hanging a gallery walk


Hanging a gallery wall is something we enjoy after we’re finished, but stress about while we are doing it.

You stress about hanging everything straight, about spacing everything equally, and about tearing up your walls 

Here are a few tips and tricks to help make your gallery wall hanging experience much less stressful.

1. Lay everything out on the floor so you can see how it will look before hanging it.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this and changed my mind about half of the things I had planned to hang. You can also do this to check out your spacing.

2. Use a level to space your pictures.

Everyone knows you should use a level to make sure your pictures and objects are hanging straight, but did you know you can use it to space pictures as well? The pictures in the gallery above are exactly “one level width” apart. Our small level is about one inch, so we just lay it flat and use it as a spacer. 

3. Command Strips are way better than nails

Unless it’s really heavy, everything in our house is hanging by 3M Command Strips. They don’t damage your wall, so if you make a mistake, just pull the tab, and they’ll pop right off. Plus, you can put them on the back of whatever you’re hanging, press it to the wall, and you’re done. It’s so much faster than driving a nail.

4. If you must use nails, use a stud finder

There’s nothing worse than damaging your wall because you hung something that was too heavy and you didn’t hang it on a stud. 

Stud finders are cheap and are a tool everyone should have. We have one with a laser level and we’ve used it so many times that the batteries are often dead. 

5. Group similar looking things to create a cohesive look, but it does not have to be a perfect match.

In fact, it’s more visually pleasing if it doesn’t match. Varying frames and objects will add interest to your gallery because it keeps the eye moving. Here, the frames match but the art coordinates. 

I hope you’ve enjoyed these DIY Tips and Tricks. Stay tuned for more wall decor tips next week!

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A farmhouse gallery wall…revealed


Last week, we published this post to ask your advice about our living room gallery wall.

You guys even helped make our decision by participating in my poll.

And after mulling it over for a bit, we chose to do this:


I love that cute little B on the top right, but I feel like it doesn’t really go with the rest of the gallery. I will probably change it out, but for now, isn’t this wall a hundred times better?

Have a wonderful week.

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Farmhouse Friday: gallery wall


We are, one by one, painting the rooms in our home. This week, we painted our living room. 

For over a year now, I’ve had this gallery wall behind our couch:


Here’s a better look at it:


While I like this gallery wall, I do want to change it up. 

I laid out our frames and wall art that I love and I decided to do just play with them. Now I’m stumped and I need your help! Which option would you choose? Here are the contenders:


Option one: leave the gallery wall as it is and change nothing.


Option two: mostly the same but repurposing some other art taken from other rooms.


Option three: count your blessings and a framed B.


Option four: a large family picture in the middle and a little art mixed in


Option five: super hodgepodge 


Which do you choose? Vote in the poll below.

 

Which option should I choose for my “behind the couch” gallery wall?

Option one
Option two
Option three
Option four
Option five

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Deck the Walls: How to Find Low Cost Art that Looks Great 

I don’t like to hang a lot of things on my walls,  but I do love a nice gallery wall.  I also love finding art that matches the room’s Décor,  but also stands out. Since art can be costly and I don’t have a lot of money, here are a few of my favorite ways to find cheap art that looks great. 

1. Make it yourself 

I’m not artistic in the least.  I cannot draw or paint.  What I can do is make my own subway art on Ms Word. Type it out, change the colors and fonts, print it, and frame. 

2. ETSY and Pinterest are your friends

This gallery wall is in my daughter’s nursery.  We purchased two of the prints from ETSY, while the other two were found on Pinterest.  All were printed by us, here at home. Sources listed here

3. Botanical prints: widely available on the Internet 

I love, love, love botanical prints.  If it weren’t for trying to have a little variety in the house, I’d have them in every room.  They are widely available on the Internet, and ate usually free.  I get most of mine from The Graphics Fairy. There are a lot of them on Pinterest as well. 

4. Catch the sales 
We also shop sales at Hobby Lobby and Kirklands. I’ve been known to window shop, find things I like, and wait until they come on sale.  It takes some patience but it’s kind of fun. 

5. Use photographs to create an interesting gallery 

Sites like Shutterfly have frequent specials and offer cheap photo printing. Walmart photo and Walgreens offer cost effective photo printing as well. I personally love pictures and we have them all over our house.  

What are your favorite places to find cheap art?

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Botanical prints gallery wall

About a year ago, I found this great toile scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby that I thought would look nice in frames in my bathroom.

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And they did look nice, for about a year. I got tired of them and wanted to do something else.

I found these botanical prints on The Painted Hive for free.
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I promptly printed them and popped them into frames.
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I think this looks so much better, don’t you?

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Behind the couch- wall art

To me, one of the most difficult areas to decorate is the wall behind the couch. It was a non-issue in our old home, as our couch didn’t sit against a wall.

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For the past two years, we have had this picture hanging behind our couch. You can see it in our living room photo from the old house, too.

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It matches our living room perfectly, but it was just too small for the wall (oooh, that rhymed! 🙂 ) I tried for awhile to find a similar picture of the same size to hang next to it, but never could find what I wanted.

The hubs and I are working on making small updates to our house this year, and finishing previously unfinished rooms. One thing we’ve really wanted to do is solve the “couch wall problem.” After spending a few early morning feedings browsing Pinterest, I decided to do a gallery wall using different frame orientations and different objects. I came up with this:

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I purchased six of these frames at $4 a pop. I already had one frame, the B, and the typograhical sign. I also had all but 3 of the pictures. The total cost was about $33.

I tend to favor symmetry, so this was a step outside the box for me.I love how the gallery wall fills the space. I also love that it isn’t completely “matchy,” and that everything coordinates, even if it doesn’t match exactly.

Stay tuned as we continue updating this room.

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Gallery wall additions

It started with a blank wall in the hallway of our old house and an idea that I had seen in a magazine.

In the picture, the person had taken several different pictures from significant events in their lives and had grouped them on a wall in order. At the time,  we had one child, so I decided to include the following pictures: a picture when my husband and I were dating, an engagement picture, a wedding picture, a maternity picture, a newborn picture, and our first family portrait.

By the way, this is a narrow hallway, so it’s pretty near impossible to get good photos here. I apologize for that.

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The wall has been like that ever since. But recently, I was looking around and realizing how few pictures we have of our new baby. I decided this wall needed updating, so I added our maternity picture, a newborn picture, and a sweet picture of both my girls.

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I wish there were a better way to photograph this to show you. I’m loving the scale of this gallery wall and how it just seems to fit this wall perfectly. It’s already a difficult wall to work with due to the alarm keypad and the doorbell box.

Stay tuned for more updates, and an entirely different gallery wall project.

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