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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dining Room Artwork

Two weeks ago I brought y’all along with me on a shopping trip to Hobby Lobby. I shared 1 of the 3 items that I bought (a lamp) and teased 2 more purchases. Well today I’m going to show you the other 2 items that ended up in my cart.
If you read the title of this post you already know that I bought some artwork for my dining room. The wall in the dining room has been blank since I moved in. I couldn’t decide what to hang and never found a piece that called to me…and then I found this set of pictures:

I love the modern pattern of the background mixed with the classic lettering and vintage pictures. The pictures were $69.99/each, but were on sale for 50%-off. So, I paid $69.99 for the pair!
I was so excited to hang them up until I realized that I couldn’t hang anything in the middle of the wall (at the correct height) without that light switch getting in the way. So I used brown craft paper and tape to figure out the best spot to hang the pictures. This is the placement I ended up with. I know it’s not centered, but it’ll have to do.   

Next I measured everything out and secured the pictures to the wall with screws/anchors. Finally, something on the walls!

I like this look, but it seemed a little too…traditional? I’m not sure if that’s the right word, but it seemed to dark and classy (also not the right word) for the rest of the house. So I taped off the glass and spray painted the frames white. I didn’t like the look of the bright white frames with the dark mats, so I also painted the mats. I just used some leftover white latex paint and a small roller. The key is to do multiple thin coats. After all of that, here’s the final product:

I’m so happy to finally have something hanging on this wall. It’s been way too long! As promised in my 2013 Home Goals, I’m really trying to get the house put together this year. Obviously it won’t be all done this year, but small steps like this will really help make it look less random.
(I'm still debating if they need to be hung a couple inches lower...)

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