Ok kids, this project took me ages to figure out and complete. And it’s a tiny space! Our front entrance. It has bugged me since the day we moved in and I have been dying to make it interesting and welcome. But first let me take you to what it looked like before and what it looked like after my “I’m sick of beige” feeling kicked in:
I loved the new look that the paint refresh gave (it’s a rich dark gray and the trim was freshened up as well) but I couldn’t figure out what to do with it afterwards so it stayed bare for awhile (a year maybe?!) That was until I found a mirror that I loved and some lovely leggy stools:
What’s the problem you ask? This:
Yeah…see those light switches and alarm panel? They’re functional but not very pretty. And they were not installed straight might I add. I had to find some way of hiding them while still being able to access them. I racked my brain (and Pinterest!) for solutions. Until it hit me – A GALLERY WALL!!! (Yes I’m shouting!)
Let’s take a closer look:
The idea was to blend in the alarm panel and light switches with other art on the wall so that they didn’t stick out like a sore thumb (where does that expression come from btw?!) And they remain functional which was a requirement. To make the gallery wall seem less heavy, I stripped the frames of everything except the pre-cut mats and the frames themselves and hung each frame with my favourite product, 3M Command Strips (I’m not paid to endorse them but I love them SO much!)
The pictures I used are from calendars I picked up at 50% (thank you January!) and they’re from Rifle Paper Co, one of my favourite illustrators. I used two desktop calendars for the images and one very large one that I used as a calendar (You can find them here, here and here). I attached the images to the wall using painters tape so that if I decided to change the look, I won’t have a ton of holes crucifying my walls:
Isn’t it cute?!
To round out the space I added in a clock on the other side since I’m always asking for the time (I own a bazillion watches but I don’t wear them):
And this runner from IKEA:
It’s made of polypropylene which isn’t a cushy surface but given the crappy weather we get in Ottawa, it’s very necessary to have something that cleans easily and well. Bonus is that it has a punchy pattern so it doesn’t look like you’re stepping onto a plastic mat.
More pictures you ask? Of course!
It’s finally DONE!!! (And adorable to boot!)
Do you have any nagging areas that you’re trying to finish? Do tell please, and let me know I’m not the only one!