After many, many attempts, we finally have our almost completed family wall. I began this endeavor trying to create a “random” looking design with all black frames of different sizes on this wall. I hated how it looked. So, I would move a few frames around, trying to come up with a more attractive design. After making what seemed like several hundred holes in the wall, I took them all down and concluded that neither the harsh black frames OR the “random” design was jiving with me. I puttied all the holes, sanded and re-painted the wall, and started from scratch!
I found these beautiful frames on sale at Chapters that I fell in love with. They were a light wood frame, with a burlap fabric looking matte. I bought a few, thinking I would mix them up with a bunch of natural wood frames I had kicking around the house. After attempting a million layouts on the floor, nothing was working. I still didn’t like the mixing of frames. This is when I began to wonder if I suffer from some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder… every picture seemed out of place and it drove me nuts to look at it.
So, I went back to Chapters and got a few more frames to make a more geometrical layout design. I decided to add one art piece (wood shelving unit) into the design that I found at Home Sense simply because it was a close match in wood tone to the picture frames, and also had the burlap looking fabric on it. The similarities seemed to make the piece look like it belonged. I wasn’t sure what I was going to put on/in the shelving unit, but I would deal with that later.
Finally, I had come up with a layout that I liked. When I looked at it, it made me feel happy. I liked the order and perfect rectangle that it made on the wall. Note: I seriously think I must have a problem as this ORDERLY design was a breath of fresh air to my eyes.
Next, I had to decide what I would fill the wood shelving unit with. I went online to see if I could print some Instagram pictures. I quickly found out that you can order them for quite a decent price, and in the most perfect size for the shelving unit.
I’m quite happy with how the whole thing turned out. It makes me smile when I look at this wall and think of my family. The only thing I may add is wood lettering spelling “FAMILY” on the top or bottom (depending on the letter size), spaning the width of the design. This would add a little more height to the layout, filling up the wall a bit more.
Who knew that it could be SO much work and time to make a simple wall design like this!? Well worth it. So blessed!