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Bare Walls (a)Dressed

March 1, 2010

This weekend, we decided that it was time to address our bare walls.  I have to admit that I have been largely indecisive about this at the new house (not a usual trait of mine), and have been having difficulty committing to which pictures belong in each room, let alone which wall to hang them on.

We literally have a stack of framed pictures and artwork in the blue room, and since the room is only 10×10 to begin with, it cramps the style–just a little!  Last time we had company, we put all the pictures in the closet, which solved the clutter problem, only to leave them without closet space for clothes or suitcases.  With company coming again this weekend, we figured we should try to resolve the issue.  I must admit, while technically there are less pictures stacked in the guest bedroom, we still have a ton of work to go.

But, because everybody enjoys a good “Before & After” here are a couple for your viewing pleasure.



Sadly, when we moved from the larger rental, we did lose some space.  Specifically–the space that doubled as our formal living room and Chris’ office.  Which also means…dun, dun, dun…that while Chris’ Thunderbird and Classic Car decor had fared well in his office, they haven’t quite found a new home here.  It was all done tastefully, with dark woods and display boxes for pewter and nice model cars, but alas, it’s truly a space issue at the new home.  So, the beautiful wood frames that once housed Thunderbirds have been repurposed…in the mater bedroom.  Check out the before, during, and afters…

Before, the wall beside the bed was a blank canvas…

There was actually quite a bit of math involved in this picture project–you know, between figuring out how to center three pictures in the bare space between the side of the nightstand and the edge of the arch.

And after we had all the measurements down, it was my turn to drive in the nails.  This is actually something that I’ve struggled with in the past. (Let’s keep that just between us, okay?)  Seriously though, because the nails are usually above my arm height (makes sense–you hang pictures at eye height, not at arm height!) I tend to drive the nails in at an angle.  This time, I really focused.  After all, what good would it have done to have all the measurements perfect, but then hung the nails at different heights?  You can tell that I’m focusing quite a bit here.

And, since we hadn’t ordered the new prints yet, the T-Birds enjoyed a few final hours of glory!

We use a couple of “special” tools to place pictures in frames like this.

1) I use a tool that goes with my Cricut machine (see the green handle in the picture below) to pull up those obnoxious little black metal posts that hold the back on the frame.  It’s basically a mini metal spatula, and has saved me several broken nails over the years.

2) I use archival tape to hold the pictures in place, centered on the mat.

And now that the T-Birds were replaced with some romantic moments, we have a final look.

I have to add one additional side note:  You may notice that in our bedroom, Chris and I have pictures only of ourselves–no family, no dog, no friends.  This isn’t because we are self centered (seriously, check out the bookshelves in our family room and the frames in our guest bedroom and craft room).  It is actually because of something I read a long time ago–your master suite is supposed to be for you and your “sweetheart.”  It should be an area where the two of you escape the rest of the world, and focus on your marriage and your passion for each other.  It makes perfect sense to me, and we’ve never had pictures of friends or family in our master suite, and I love it being an area where everything–from the pictures on the walls to the colors that we chose together, reflect our love for each other.

And now, our final look:

What about you?  Do you have any design rules that you refuse to break?  I’d love to hear them–and I’d love to hear what you think of our no longer bare walls!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jennifer permalink
    March 2, 2010 6:58 am

    Sad to see the car pictures go, but the frames look great in your bedroom with the new pictures. I like your side note…it makes perfect sense.

    Hopefully your next house will be big enough for an office or game room that can take advantage of all the cool car stuff again!

    • March 2, 2010 7:06 pm

      Glad you read the side note–I really loved it when I read it before we got married…an office or a game room…now wouldn’t that be nice?!?!?!?

  2. Barb permalink
    March 2, 2010 3:01 pm

    Nice job, the frames look great on the wall–can’t really tell what the pictures are but I’m sure they are special to you.

    We chose to do beautiful scripture passages, cross, and religious art because these are special to us. I guess I could resurrect 2 large wedding pictures to place somewhere, but I’d need to have them reframed –we don’t have many pictures of us in the house—we put them all in albums to enjoy.

    • March 2, 2010 7:08 pm

      Thanks, Barb. If you click on the pictures that are in the post, it actually blows the picture up for you. Chris wanted a combination of new and old…so we have Maui, our wedding, and Cancun/Chichen Itza.

      I definitely agree with the importance of being surrounded by scripture and reminders of our faith. I think it’s a good reminder for us, as well as for those that visit our homes. I love how you have bible verses hanging around your home! Nobody could visit your house and leave without knowing in whom you put your trust.

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