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Gallery Wall Details

Laundry Room Gallery Wall Art
Yay for amazingly creative people who share their creations with the world to enjoy over & over again on the internet. I mean seriously though, I love them! It’s crazy how generous & resourceful the internet can be and how many amazing treasures you can borrow from the internet to make your home perfect for you & your style…. all free thanks to the selfless talents people share every single day! That’s pretty much exactly what I did for my laundry room gallery wall. Why go out and buy art, especially when you can’t find the perfect pieces, when you can find what you’re looking for as a free printable online?
Plus, I won’t feel bad re-doing my little wall of laundry room “happy” whenever I feel like it, as in when these bright summer colors fade into the fall.
But let’s not get a head of ourselves here, I’m still loving the bright and cheery personality these pieces bring. Here’s where I got each…
The basket may just be my favorite part of this gallery wall. I love that it adds some serious function to the wall. It is designed to hold socks that don’t have a pair at the moment- you know, those socks that had a partner when they were thrown into the wash but somehow lost their better halves along the way. #hatethat
The pink love quote was a greeting card from Target! I had it left over from this project and thought it could be a perfect fit for this colorful combo. I’m not typically someone who decorates with pink (especially for the sake of Matt), but I thought since I do most of the laundry… why not?! Plus, after our long & brutal Chicago winter, I just can’t get enough of these bright colors this Spring!
This hook also adds some serious function to the space and is so convenient on a day-to-day basis. It’s a three piece hook that I scored at HomeGoods for $5 (on sale!). I’ve been using it to hang my work blouses that can’t be put into the dryer, especially when I’m too lazy to get a hanger. It’s the perfect temporary solution when I’m in a rush and trying to change loads with little maintenance. I really do use it for at least three different shirts during most loads… it’s perfect!
You can download your own version of this laundry cheat sheet here. If you don’t like yellow, this print comes in four adorable colors. I enlarged the image and actually cut off some of the print (like the title) when I framed the chart. I thought it was a fun way to see the symbols more clearly and add a pop of laundry room color, plus I had an awkward 4×6 frame to fill and it just seemed to work. I mean how adorable are these FREE charts by Jennifer? What color do you like the best?
If you know me outside of the blog, you probably know that I love junk food- especially donuts. I have never met a donut I didn’t like love and so it’s no surprise that I adore the donut-as-decor trend that’s happening around the blogosphere. I used this adorable donut printable paired with a piece of old scrapbook paper. The printable comes with at least a baker’s dozen of colorful donuts to choose from, unfortunately, I could only fit 3 into the mix.  If you end up using these sweet prints for anything, you have to let me know!! I’d love to see how you put your own spin on them, plus, a little extra inspiration to use the rest of these donuts is much welcomed.
I’m a sucker for Sarah M. Dorsey designs… I mean seriously, her free printables are amazing, plus there are so many to choose from!! You can find this flamingo here, but wow… don’t miss out on her polka dot print, Be Amazing printable, or her super creative His & Hers frame ideas & prints!! Did I mention that she offers almost all of her free prints in a variety of colors to fit your space? Ugh…. love her!
And how stinkin’ cute are these stain removal tags? I found this free printable from the Better Homes and Gardens website. I used the yellow tags, but they come in a variety of colors and with a variety of directions for any type of stain you can imagine. Lipstick, grass, a few types of food, even wine! Such an adorable idea that can be used in all sorts of ways in the laundry room. Check out how they use them on a ring… love!

And last but very not least, I found this cheerful canvas art from Target because heck, today & everyday is a very good day! I don’t know about you, but an unexpected reminder that life really is amazing is much appreciated, especially when I’m cursing under my breath as I finish the laundry. I’m one lucky lady and have so much to be thankful for. This positive reminder makes sure I remember just that…

Plus, I can’t say no to my favorite pop of blue-y teal.
I’m so thankful for the crazy creative (and generous) people that put this amazing art on the internet for people like me to use! The color, the personality, the price tag… I love it all.
But let me ask you… where are your favorite places to get free printables?! Where do you use free art in your home? Do you change it often or is it typically there to stay? I’d love to hear from you…
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  1. Michelle

    Love your laundry room redo, thanks for sharing the printables! Now I can’t wait to make better use of our laundry space and do a little fun decorating.

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks @alliferg!! I found the basket randomly in the kitchen section of Burlington Coat Factory, It was originally supposed to hang over a cabinet, but I was able to take off that hardware and hang it on the wall. I found it hard to find a basket that is strictly meant for hanging on a wall, so keep your eyes peeled to turn a over the cabinet basket into one of these. Good luck!

  2. Amye Mae

    The sock storage basket is so clever! I will definitely be adding that to our laundry room ASAP for all those unmatched partners. Love the rest of the artwork too!

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  3. Desaree Martin

    I really love all of this and thank you for linking back to where you got all of your free printables. I can’t wait to frame some of them. I am also a big Sarah Dorsey Designs fan. Some others that I love for their free printables are Shanty2Chic, The Handmade Home and On Sutton Place

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Thanks so much Desaree! Those are all wonderful sources. There are just so many talented people out there and we’re always so happy when they share prints for free!

      Happy framing!

      xo,
      B

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  1. Michelle

    Love your laundry room redo, thanks for sharing the printables! Now I can’t wait to make better use of our laundry space and do a little fun decorating.

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  2. Amye Mae

    The sock storage basket is so clever! I will definitely be adding that to our laundry room ASAP for all those unmatched partners. Love the rest of the artwork too!

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  3. Desaree Martin

    I really love all of this and thank you for linking back to where you got all of your free printables. I can’t wait to frame some of them. I am also a big Sarah Dorsey Designs fan. Some others that I love for their free printables are Shanty2Chic, The Handmade Home and On Sutton Place

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Greeting Card Frame Art

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I always have a hard time finding the perfect piece of “art” to add to our frames. I never want to spend big money because I find that I’m often sick of it in a few months & don’t want to change it out because of the money I spent on it.
I love Etsy, but find myself feeling overwhelmed trying to find a print that is inside of my budget and one that I feel I can live with for awhile. Plus, I’m pretty awful at online shopping. Unlike Casey, I need to be in.the.store- touching the product, holding the product, hmmming & hawwwing on whether I should actually buy it or wait for something better to come along.
Enter today’s amazing framed art, which magically seems to answer all of these dilemmas for under five bucks…
Love is all you need art
Framed greeting cards. Yup, they fit my criteria perfectly and solve all of my wishy-washy art dilemmas.
1. Affordable – check
2. Able to be changed every few months without feeling guilty – check
3. Able to be picked up at a store so I can hmm and haww as to whether I should really buy them -check
Card & frame art
I bought this white frame at Target and scoured their greeting card section for a card that shared a message/design that I loved. Target has a great selection of greeting cards, but I’m sure any store that offers greeting cards could be a winner. (Especially those trendy gift shops that seem to have THE BEST cards. Typically those cards are out of my rookie budget, but for a piece of art that could cost far more than a couple bucks if I purchased it on Etsy- I feel less guilty splurging on a $4 card).
greeting card

I picked this winner in the “engagement” section at Target. The color scheme was exactly what I had in mind, the watercolor trend has recently stolen my heart and I just loved its simple message.

greeting card art

This was my runner-up. See a trend here?

framed greeting card

I added the greeting card to the frame and just like that, my framed art was ready to be hung!

framed greeting card

I absolutely l.o.v.e. everything about it, but most importantly, I love that I’m not “married” to this design. If I’m out & about and see another card that begs me to buy it, I’m going to pick that bad boy up and not feel bad switching them out. And who knows… Maybe I’ll pay this adorable card forward. Maybe not though… would that be weird?

water color print

Either way, I don’t foresee taking this one down anytime soon. It just works. And for $3 a card, it really, really works for me.

water color print
two white frames
I added it next to another very special frame in our home (a new addition as well)…
meaningful frames
The frame to the right is my wedding gift to Matt on the morning of our wedding. To make a long story short, Matt and I are both high school teachers. After a weekend retreat with our students (where we met and got to know each other thanks to a variety of high school aged team building activities), I found this crumbled up note in my mailbox.
personal art
E239 is Matt’s classroom. Of course this old-fashioned note stole my heart and sealed the deal early on (although I didn’t leak that information to Mr. Matkovich). The funny thing is, I never responded on the note itself, but instead, saved the note without him knowing. Right before our wedding, I dug out this old treasure and finally gave him my official answer with a bold check mark. I framed it, and on the morning of our wedding, Matt unwrapped this frame and was shocked to find that I still had the piece of paper that started it all….
greeting card framed art
The greeting card message seems like the perfect neighbor to such a meaningful treasure. I love how they work together to spread love and simplicity. Tune in tomorrow to see where these two darling frames are currently hanging in our home. Spoiler alert: I spy an IKEA hack, milk painted chair and lots of color popping!  
Oh and how could I forget my Rookie Tip for this project? I would advise to skip the singing greeting cards. They just don’t seem to have the same charming affect when they’re stuck behind the glass… but hey, it’s up to you.
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  1. Waverly

    Ahhh, I love that you saved that note for your special day!! I’m really sentimental too & keep sweet little notes from over the years 🙂 I really love your blog & am excited to get some DIYs going!

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  2. Wisconsin Dragonfly

    This is PERFECT for some of the special cards or notes a person receives and doesn’t want to throw away. Better than saving them stuffed in a drawer or shoe box.

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  1. Waverly

    Ahhh, I love that you saved that note for your special day!! I’m really sentimental too & keep sweet little notes from over the years 🙂 I really love your blog & am excited to get some DIYs going!

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  2. Wisconsin Dragonfly

    This is PERFECT for some of the special cards or notes a person receives and doesn’t want to throw away. Better than saving them stuffed in a drawer or shoe box.

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Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

Picture Ledge Wall

I’m taking an unofficial poll here…

How many of you are totally TV in the bedroom people? I’m talking that bad boy is on your dresser, you watch your favorite shows in bed, and you fall asleep to it on every night. (I’m guessing maybe a majority??)

Now, how many of you say “no way” to a television in the boudoir? Perhaps you’re more of a TV in the family room type group?

Well..we’ve recently switched over to the “no TV in the bedroom” camp. Yep. It happened, and we haven’t looked back.

See we were barely ever watching our television in the bedroom. The only time it was ever really used was when I would watch the news in the morning as I got ready for work. Seemed kinda silly to have a huuuge black box on our dresser, to be used only 30 minutes a day. So we sold that sucker and we were then left with a very bare, very sad looking bedroom dresser area.

Bedroom Dresser Before

I did my best to accessorize and stage the area, but it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’.

Need some more height here

No matter what I put on the dresser, everything just looked puny on the big gray wall. I knew that I was in need of some serious height to draw the eye up and away from that large, dark, piece of furniture.

I didn’t want to create another gallery wall, because we have one we love in our hallway. Instead, I decided that I should use the same picture ledge frames that I used for my brother’s record wall.  That way I could still incorporate some of our favorite pictures and “art” into our master bedroom, and I could easily change out each frame whenever I wanted.

Our New Picture Ledges

One quick trip to Ikea, (okay who am I kidding, it’s never quick. There’s just so much pretty stuff to gaze at…) and I was all set to tackle this project.

Side note: West Elm also sells some beautiful picture ledges.

Picture Ledge wall

I picked up 2 white picture ledges and a wide variety of black and white frames. I hemmed and hawed over going all black, or going all white, but ultimately I decided to do the two-tone look. It worked out great and I was able to pull from a wide variety of frames that we already owned.

Bedroom Picture wall

Just as I did for my brother’s record wall, I used wall anchors and screws to get these up and secure. It didn’t take me more than 30 minutes with my power drill. Honestly, the hardest part was figuring out how to arrange the frames, and then what to put inside each one!

Framed save the date

I ended up filling each frame with an assortment of meaningful items. Above I have some cool vintage keys, a Chicago greeting card, and I also framed one of our save the dates (you can read more about those right here).Scrabble Wall art
Here’s some scrabble wall art that I made a few years ago. It’s traveled along with us from place to place, and it somehow always finds a place in our home. We’re big gamers and this shows off our competitive spirit.

Framed letter

Now this is by far my favorite piece on the wall. It is actually an old letter written by my great-grandmother. This year for Christmas, my grandma made each of the grandchildren a book of letters from her mom. It’s over 50 pages long and it is all handwritten. In it, she outlines her entire life…from her childhood in the 1890’s, up until she wrote these letters in 1981. I read it cover to cover right away. I laughed, I cried, I loved every single minute of it. It is a gift I will treasure forever and I wanted to display one small piece of it in our home. So, I chose my favorite page and framed it for this wall.

Ikea picture ledge and frame

I have a few other fun things up there and it is still constantly changing. I love that I can just change out a picture, a print, or an art piece, anytime inspiration strikes.

Picture frame wall

Even though our television is gone, this wall is still plenty entertaining. It’s filled with our favorite memories and some of the best times from our lives…and to us, it doesn’t get any better than that.casey_sig

P.S. I also added these picture ledges to our new home over our desk. Come check out our office space in our bedroom01-bedroom-desk-area-office

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  1. KristyDoyle

    I’m anti-tv in the bedroom! I hate the idea of watching tv in bed. To me, bed is for sleeping and the living room is for watching tv. This looks much better than a tv! I really need to get to work on some photo walls…..

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  2. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Yayy I figured out how to post now. Something was wrong with my Disquis account 🙂

    Anyhow, I LOVE this! Unfortunately I am definitely not breaking the man of his TV habit before bed anytime soon. But I started a gallery wall I’ve been wanting to do forever today, with some inspiration from you guys!

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  3. Wisconsin Dragonfly

    Casey, It is such a precious letter! Maybe you could frame a copy of the actual letter and keep all the original letters together in an archival safe box. Light will fade the letter over time even with special glass in the frame. I would give a lot to have anything handwritten by any of my Grandparents!

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  4. DIY Playbook

    Yes so precious! The one I framed is actually a copy of that specific page..so it’s okay if it fades a bit from the sun. I love the idea of a safe box for the letters!

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  5. Louise

    I’m going for it! I ordered the ledges and some frames last night. This will look great next to the new bright white doors of my built in cupboard.

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  6. Louise

    Here’s the dining room in progress with the picture rails installed. That thing on the floor is a wall-hung buffet that needs to be refinished. I’m thinking gray with a black laminate top.

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  7. Louise

    Here’s the dining room in progress with the picture rails installed. That thing on the floor is a wall-hung buffet that needs to be refinished. I’m thinking gray with a black laminate top.

    Reply
  8. Tara @ Shire Owls

    This may just be the solution I need for our kitchenette! Thank you!

    On another note, I am against having a TV in the bedroom but my husband is for it. At the moment, we just moved so it hasn’t made it’s way into the bedroom yet. We just don’t use in (in my mind) but the 2 times we did (in two years) in enough in his eyes to justify it. We’ll see what happens as we get stuff unpacked.

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    1. Tara @ Shire Owls

      Thank you! It’ll be a long process- I can tell! I discovered last night the table made it’s way into one of the closets in the master so maybe I won’t remind him it’s there and sneak it into my office. 🙂

  9. Tara @ Shire Owls

    This may just be the solution I need for our kitchenette! Thank you!

    On another note, I am against having a TV in the bedroom but my husband is for it. At the moment, we just moved so it hasn’t made it’s way into the bedroom yet. We just don’t use in (in my mind) but the 2 times we did (in two years) in enough in his eyes to justify it. We’ll see what happens as we get stuff unpacked.

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  10. Tara @ Shire Owls

    Thank you! It’ll be a long process- I can tell! I discovered last night the table made it’s way into one of the closets in the master so maybe I won’t remind him it’s there and sneak it into my office. 🙂

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  11. Britney

    The shelves look great! I love all the personal artwork! May I ask how far apart you put your shelves? I am wanting to do this in my entry way!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Britney, Thanks for the kind words! I would say about 2 feet apart. I just tried to find a good height that would fit the large frames I had on hand. You may want to adjust accordingly depending on the frames you’ll display. Good luck! xo, Casey

  12. DIY Playbook

    Summer,
    It really depends on your space and what you want to place on your shelves. I would say the first one is about a foot off of the dresser and then another foot in between the two ledges. I think whatever you do will look great. I’m more of just an “eyeball it” kinda girl. 🙂

    xo,
    Casey

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  13. Ana V. Ramirez

    TV in the bedroom? Yes, the walls are paper thin here and it lets me fall asleep without hearing anything. 😉 I won’t be using your idea in my room but in my home office it will ROCK – especially since I’m a photographer and this lets me display my work. LOVE it!!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Totally understand about the TV in the bedroom. Sometimes it’s a nice quiet noise that can lull you to sleep! Love the idea to display it in your home office with your photographs. Great idea!

    1. DIY Playbook

      I’d say like 14″ or so? I just spaced them out after figuring out what picture frames I wanted to put on there. Really you can do whatever works for your space! But ours are probably around 14 inches.

      Thank!
      Casey

  14. Mel

    By any chance do you know what the color on the walls is called? I love it and want it in my room but I am having a hard time matching it. Let me know! Thanks!

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45 thoughts on “Master Bedroom Picture Ledges

  1. KristyDoyle

    I’m anti-tv in the bedroom! I hate the idea of watching tv in bed. To me, bed is for sleeping and the living room is for watching tv. This looks much better than a tv! I really need to get to work on some photo walls…..

    Reply
  2. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Yayy I figured out how to post now. Something was wrong with my Disquis account 🙂

    Anyhow, I LOVE this! Unfortunately I am definitely not breaking the man of his TV habit before bed anytime soon. But I started a gallery wall I’ve been wanting to do forever today, with some inspiration from you guys!

    Reply
  3. Wisconsin Dragonfly

    Casey, It is such a precious letter! Maybe you could frame a copy of the actual letter and keep all the original letters together in an archival safe box. Light will fade the letter over time even with special glass in the frame. I would give a lot to have anything handwritten by any of my Grandparents!

    Reply
  4. DIY Playbook

    Yes so precious! The one I framed is actually a copy of that specific page..so it’s okay if it fades a bit from the sun. I love the idea of a safe box for the letters!

    Reply
  5. Louise

    I’m going for it! I ordered the ledges and some frames last night. This will look great next to the new bright white doors of my built in cupboard.

    Reply
  6. Louise

    Here’s the dining room in progress with the picture rails installed. That thing on the floor is a wall-hung buffet that needs to be refinished. I’m thinking gray with a black laminate top.

    Reply
  7. Louise

    Here’s the dining room in progress with the picture rails installed. That thing on the floor is a wall-hung buffet that needs to be refinished. I’m thinking gray with a black laminate top.

    Reply
  8. Tara @ Shire Owls

    This may just be the solution I need for our kitchenette! Thank you!

    On another note, I am against having a TV in the bedroom but my husband is for it. At the moment, we just moved so it hasn’t made it’s way into the bedroom yet. We just don’t use in (in my mind) but the 2 times we did (in two years) in enough in his eyes to justify it. We’ll see what happens as we get stuff unpacked.

    Reply
  9. Tara @ Shire Owls

    This may just be the solution I need for our kitchenette! Thank you!

    On another note, I am against having a TV in the bedroom but my husband is for it. At the moment, we just moved so it hasn’t made it’s way into the bedroom yet. We just don’t use in (in my mind) but the 2 times we did (in two years) in enough in his eyes to justify it. We’ll see what happens as we get stuff unpacked.

    Reply
  10. Tara @ Shire Owls

    Thank you! It’ll be a long process- I can tell! I discovered last night the table made it’s way into one of the closets in the master so maybe I won’t remind him it’s there and sneak it into my office. 🙂

    Reply
  11. Britney

    The shelves look great! I love all the personal artwork! May I ask how far apart you put your shelves? I am wanting to do this in my entry way!

    Reply
  12. DIY Playbook

    Summer,
    It really depends on your space and what you want to place on your shelves. I would say the first one is about a foot off of the dresser and then another foot in between the two ledges. I think whatever you do will look great. I’m more of just an “eyeball it” kinda girl. 🙂

    xo,
    Casey

    Reply
  13. Ana V. Ramirez

    TV in the bedroom? Yes, the walls are paper thin here and it lets me fall asleep without hearing anything. 😉 I won’t be using your idea in my room but in my home office it will ROCK – especially since I’m a photographer and this lets me display my work. LOVE it!!

    Reply
  14. Mel

    By any chance do you know what the color on the walls is called? I love it and want it in my room but I am having a hard time matching it. Let me know! Thanks!

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Love Lyrics

Framed_Love-Lyric
It’s not even February, but the mushy-gushy-lovey-dovey Valentine’s Day blog posts have already begun. And yes, we’ve hopped aboard the love train (yup, that love train.). As we said in this post, we’re not head over heels in love with this holiday, instead we are pretty smitten with “love” all year round. Today’s project is something that is definitely fitting for that upcoming holiday, but it’s also pretty awesome for any ol’ day of the year.

We’ve created 2 FREE PRINTABLES for you guys to enjoy, each featuring “our song” with our handsome +1’s.

Love Lyrics Free Printable
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First up, Casey & Finn’s printable showcases the song “Everything” by Michael Buble. It’s been a favorite of theirs since high school and (spoiler alert!) they’ll be dancing to it at their October wedding. Like these two aren’t cute enough?! Now they get to share a first dance to a song they’ve probably been practicing since high school.
Love Lyrics free print
Download the FREE printable here.

Our song is “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Frankie Valli. Ironically, it was the first dance we ever danced to when we were dating, so it just seemed like the perfect choice to share our official first dance to. Plus, Matt and I like to think we’re pretty old fashioned, which seems accurately reflected in this classic.

Framed Love Lyric
You're Everything
White framed free printable
You're just too good to be true

We suggest printing out your favorite printable onto cardstock, framing it, and giving it to that special someone. Or keep it for yourself and add it to your gallery wall! Either way we know every time you look at this bad boy you’ll have one of these songs stuck in your head #sorrywe’renotsorry

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Sail Away Home

It’s clearly no secret that I love nautical. If you look in my closet, I have an unhealthy obsession with stripes. If you look around my house, you will definitely see hints of coastal cottage in every room.  It’s just something that makes me feel like I’m tucked away in a cozy cottage along the beaches of Cape Cod that gets me every time. When I saw this Longitude and Latitude art on Pinterest, I just couldn’t resist. 
DIY Latitude & Longitude Art
Longitude & Latitude Framed Art
Skill Level: < T-ball Skill level
Time: approx. 15 minutes (and that’s being generous)
Cost: $8 total (less if you have an old frame laying around)
Materials Bought: Frame & Mat, both from Michael’s 
Longitude Latitude Art Tutorial

I bought the frame and the mat at Michael’s Craft Store for approximately $8 total.

Nautical Art Tutorial

I was surprised to find out that the mat was two different layers. I ended up using both layers of mat, but I could have saved one for another project and saved some cash.

I had a 5×7″ opening to work with. That is where my latitude and longitude art would go.

Coordinate Hometown Art
This is a picture of the Microsoft Word Document that I created to fit into that 5×7″ opening. I chose to use the coordinates of our new hometown, which I found by googling the name of our town. Now all you sailors out there can figure out how to navigate your way into our neck of the woods. #yikes
Nautical Art Tutorial

Press print and lay your document under the mat to identify how much paper you will need to trim.

DIY Nautical Art
Longitude & Latitude Hometown

Trace the excess paper.

Longitude Art
Cut along these traced lines. The best part about using a mat is that your cuts do not have to be anywhere near perfect, as they will be completely hidden by the mat. 
DIY Nautical Tutorial
I taped my document in place just to be sure it would stand the test of time. But if you’re an all-star with the scissors, you can cut your document to fit perfectly into the frame and you won’t have to bother with tape.
DIY Latitude & Longitude Frame
My favorite part…. enjoying my hard work. (If you can even call that work)
Latitude and Longitude Tutorial

I am absolutely love, love, loving this nautical ode to our new hometown! Every time I glance at it, I get that feeling of breezing along the coast of Connecticut on a gorgeous sailboat, and instantly, my love for all things nautical grows a little deeper.  

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How To: Chevron Stripes

So I’ve been a bit obsessed with chevrons lately. They’re just so darn preppy and pretty.

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But, I haven’t gotten around to incorporating any chevrons into our place…until now. I have this huge frame and the frame mat was looking a bit dull and boring. It needed a nice pop of color, and I knew chevron stripes would be perfect!

Now, I’m not gonna lie to you. This was a time consuming little project. But more tedious/mind-numbing work than difficult work. So I would suggest catching up on your favorite shows while making chevron stripes of your own.

So here is what you’ll need for this project.

SUPPLIES:

Painter’s tape (1 inch)
Paint
Paint brush
Ruler
Pencil
TOTAL COST: $0 (I already had everything)
That’s it! I’m guessing you’ll have most of this on hand…
Step 1:
Decide how big you want your chevron stripes to be. I opted to make 1 inch squares, horizontally and vertically across my frame mat. This way my stripes wouldn’t be too big…or too small. Draw lightly with your pencil.
Step 2:
Once you have all of your little squares set…you can start drawing your chevron pattern. Draw a line (using your ruler) from corner to corner across your first middle square. Kinda hard to explain, so use my picture as a reference.

Step 3:

Grab that painter’s tape and start taping my friends! You’ll need a ton of 2 inch pieces of tape, and then put them over your chevron lines, so they’ll stay white underneath.
This will take a bit of time. Easy, yet tedious work.

Step 4:
Now is the best part. Painting it! I mixed up a burnt orange color and went to town.

Step 5:

 I did 2 coats and let it dry overnight.  The next day, carefully peel off the tape.
Now, when I peeled off the tape and I ran into a small issue. The tape was so powerful it was peeling off the paper on the frame mat. Yikes! I went into “chicken little” mode (a.k.a. the sky is falling!) But with some patience, and a few touch ups of white paint, it turned out just fine!
I put in our “House Rules” that I created in Microsoft Publisher and had printed at FedEx Office for $.46.
I think it looks fabulous. But, the boy does say it looks like we’re now University of Texas fans with the burnt orange look. Oh well…Go Longhorns I guess!
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  1. Jenny

    Love it Casey! To make it more tedious, it probably would be a good idea to use a pen knife to ensure the tape lines are perfectly square – but you only missed a couple of spots. Wish I has seen this before I attempted the same on an area rug! I didn’t think to use squares, just eye-balled it (OK, I was never great at geometry!).

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  1. Jenny

    Love it Casey! To make it more tedious, it probably would be a good idea to use a pen knife to ensure the tape lines are perfectly square – but you only missed a couple of spots. Wish I has seen this before I attempted the same on an area rug! I didn’t think to use squares, just eye-balled it (OK, I was never great at geometry!).

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Personalized Wall Art

Sometimes when decorating a room, I’m tempted to just go to Home Goods or Bed, Bath, & Beyond and find some matchy matchy art for the walls. Easy peasy and it’s guaranteed to bring a little bit of color to my walls.
I used to do this all the time.
Finishing a pink and orange bedroom…well why not buy an orange flower for the wall?
Finishing a green bathroom…here’s a random landscape photo bound to bring out the green hues in that shower curtain.
Anyone guilty of this? (raise your hand, we all do it!)
But, I now find myself wanting to make every nook and cranny of our home personal. Why buy something that means nothing to you…when you can make something (on the cheap!) that resonates with your taste and personality?
If you take a look at our frame gallery, you’ll find many personalized touches within each frame.
Like this key from our first apartment together…

Or this map art of all three cities we’ve lived in…(You can download the states here, print out, cut, and add a heart in your city!)

Map State Art Love

This easy DIY with scrabble tiles adds a bit of whimsy to the wall.

Scrabble Name Art

Give me 2 thumbs up for this little heart made from our thumbprints! (I’m pretty sure it’s my thumb, and the Finn’s pinky….he has big hands!)

Another super duper easy DIY is this “wordle”.  Wordle is a fabulous resource for making a collage of words…all for FREE! I’ve made lots of presents for friends and family, using cute font, colors, and words to describe them. It’s a personalized gift that is sure to be a hit.

Here I use it to describe the first city we lived in. It captures so many memories, and I smile every time I read it.

But, the gallery wall isn’t the only place you’ll find these personalized projects.

If you want to start with a small project, why not personalize a bathroom?

Ours has a green and white motif going on…so bringing in a bit of nature seemed like a nice way to personalize the space.
I visited my mom’s backyard…found some pretty leaves and mod podged them right onto some card stock.
Beautiful, fresh, and personal

Now onto the boudoir…

These “His” & “Hers” signs took only a few minutes to make in Microsoft word.

And they add some much needed height over our bed.

Finally, here is a little gift I made for my man for Valentine’s Day. All I did was download our song from the Internet and mod podged it onto card stock for a frame.
Simple and sweet.

So, is it okay to head to the store and buy cheap art? Abso-freakin-lutely! But, with a few dollars and a little creativity, you can splash your personality all over the walls of your home.



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