I shared with you some weeks ago my plan to update my dining room. Slowly but surely I am getting it done. I have always said that I would show you my “fails” as well as my triumphs. Well, this post is a kind of a mixture of both. I will tell you upfront that one of the biggest fails was my photography! Just when I think I got it all down…wham! Not so much! Apologizing now…darn
After adding the new curtains and reupholstering the chair seats. I decided new art was the next big change. I found these beauties at Ross and hung them immediately!
I did love them…but they kind of disappeared into the wall. In the store they had some blue in them but when I hung them there was very little of the blue showing up – at all! I decided that if they had a frame they might have more impact. These pieces of art are an odd size, which meant that a custom frame would be my only option. And that wasn’t gonna happen! So I took them down and painted the sides of the canvas a dark brown.
You can see the dark brown edges did make the art stand out from the wall but still… majorly underwhelmed! I decided to live with it until I could decide if I loved it or was gonna get rid of it. Fast forward a month or so and I decided that I could live with it, IF I didn’t find anything else! Not a real endorsement, right?
I have always really, really loved botanicals. I received my email from The Graphic Fairy and there they were -the most perfect botanicals, bird graphics, nest, and egg prints ever! Woo Hoo!!!! They were perfect. And what makes them perfect, besides the fact that I loved them, was that they are free. Yup. FREE!
all day a few hours browsing the site and came up with eight prints that I thought would fit my decor. Now here is where things get a little dicey – even if I didn’t realize it until I was a lot further into the project. I decided instead of buying new frames that were exactly alike that I would repurpose all of the old ones that I had in my stash. I really liked the idea that they would all be different in shape, but unified by color. So I rounded up eight that I like the shape of and spray painted them a deep blue that matched the curtains and the new dishes in my china hutch. Printed off the prints – mounted them onto card stock and TA DA – instant free art! SCORE!
Here is a little tip to help you with placement on the wall. Lay your frame on paper – any kind will do – trace around the frame.
Here is what I came up with. Again, I liked it but it seemed a little skimpy. I had hung four on either side of my hutch, but it didn’t have the impact that I was looking for. So I decided that I needed six on each side. Back to the printer, painting, mounting etc… deja vu’? Yup!
Now here is where I have a confession to make. Remember, I said that choosing different sizes of frames was not so great a decision? On a good day I am mathematically challenged. For reals! So when I was trying to hang these, it took me FOREVER to figure out the correct placement. And yes, I did say to use the paper cut outs. Which I chose to ignore on the second time around – TO SAVE TIME! HA! It literally took me two hours. lots of hair pulled, a few chosen words and several un-needed nail holes to get these babies up! But get them hung I did! YES!
Here is the entire room. Again, not the best photography but you get to see the finished project. I love them! I am still thinking of updating the chandelier, adding a rug, and a few other fun things in the future. I just don’t want to rush it. When I see the perfect items I will know it, until then I will just enjoy the updates I’ve made so far.
So there you have it – the fails and the triumphs of my dining room so far. Do you ever find yourself in the middle of a project only to realize that what seemed so easy just became a major event? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Until next time….