As soon as we bought this home, I knew w/out a doubt that I wanted to have a large display of images on the stairway wall. It was a huge, empty, blank canvas. Yay! But. Yep, there’s a but. I’m a visual person, so in order to figure out what I wanted to do, I needed to see a couple of examples of what I would like. Where to go? Pinterest, of course!
Here is a quick before & after:
This is the view when you first step into the entry way of our home… It’s very open, so the space needed some umph..
These were my pins that caught my eye.. I loved the mix & match feel, but yet still organized and somewhat structured. Over the last few weeks I’ve been picking up frames, and some decorative items. Frames came from Michaels & Hobby Lobby, most of the accents from Hobby Lobby, and one of the metal keys from TJ Maxx.
The process itself really was not all that difficult.. A little time consuming, but in just a nap-time & bedtime for the kids, I had it done. Most definitely worth the extra effort of using the templates too, so there were no unnecessary holes made.
1. I started by laying out the center frame (the largest one). From there, I just grabbed frames & items here and there from my stack, and went out in both directions, creating a balance. I would then stand back and take a look, and move one or two if needed.
2. Once I knew the layout, I traced each of the items onto craft paper, and labeled each w/ a number, and put that same number on the back of each frame. I then marked the hanger spot on each of the paper cut out, so I would know exactly where to drill my hole.
3. I measured the entire length of my layout, and it was about 12.5 feet. I then took the tape measure (w/ Kaylor’s assistance) to the wall, and marked the center spot.
4. That is where I started hanging the paper cutouts, and again, moved outward both ways to keep the balance. I measured 4ft up from the stair to the bottom of the first frame, and used painters tape to hang each cutout.
5. I used plastic anchors & screws to hang, since there are three energetic kiddos, and one clumsy mama that go up & down these stairs every day. Erik is pretty good w/ the stairs, so I won’t call him out this time around 😉
6. Once ready, the paper cutouts came down one at a time and were replaced w/ the coordinating frame or item.
I LOVE how it turned out.. I couldn’t be happier, and it makes me smile every time I walk by it.. Now for the fun part… Filling those frames! All of the images will be in black & white for a more cohesive, flowing feel… Another project almost completed!
This space isn’t entirely done yet though… Visualize w/ me… All of the oak wood refinished in a stunning dark, walnut stain, some board & batten along the entry walls, and a beautiful, handmade entry table… You can see it, right? No? Here’s an idea 😛
Onto the next project! I’m having a blast working on them.. Making a house into a home is a wonderful feeling. I love that my kids can look around and know that this is their home, and see the joy, laughter & many memories that are made here. God bless!