Artwork Up and Hutch Spruce Up

It's amazing how much putting artwork on the walls make me feel like a grown up. Since I planned out the artwork for the front room back in OCTOBER we've gained 2 additional pieces to go on the collage wall. The first is a line drawing of our house our real estate agent gave us

And the other was a surprise from Chris. If you know us at all you know we're both sports crazy. Baseball is my #1 sport and football is Chris' (though I really like it too). And though the 9ers are Chris' favorite football team, we both also really like the Packers. The fact that they're publicly owned is super cool and when we were on our 11 week baseball road trip we even actually toured Lambeau

So when Chris announced to me that he recently purchased ownership in Packers' stock in our name I just about crapped in my pants

For a sports fan like me it was very romantic :)

But now that we had 2 more pieces of artwork, my planned collage had to be modified. I brought out all the artwork and shuffled it around the floor of my art room and came up with a new layout

Then I moved all the artwork into the front room. I knew at what point from the floor and left wall the Mos Def concert poster should be at

But after that I just said wing it. I sorta held things up and eyeballed placement while Chris marked where we should nail things in. For being not exact at all, I think it looks pretty good

(clearly we have paint touching up to do at the bottom of the wall)

But if you'll notice from this old pic of yore, we had this hutch...

I decided it needed a spruce up since it's been sitting in the laundry room for 3 months

And now that the floors are done and they've been sitting neat and tiddy for about 2 1/2 weeks now, some of the more heavy stuff can finally make its way back in. We bought the hutch about 2 1/2 years ago at a local salvage place for around $20 (I think). We cleaned it up, painted it white and slapped on some new hardware. I planned to leave it pretty much the same except I thought a different color on the top would be fun.

I cleared it off, dragged it to my art room, and cleaned it to get it ready for paint

I didn't want to pay anything to spruce it up, so I debated a few of our existing paint colors: the dark gray on the detail walls of the front room, the yellow of the front door (it's an exterior paint, though that doesn't really matter when taking exterior inside) and the bright turquoise of the future chairs. My top choice was the darker gray, but the turquoise shade for the chairs is Kelly-Moore water/oil hybrid so I know it'll take a beating really well, so I went with that one.

Onto the top it went

It got two quick coats and I called it done. After things dried I dragged it over to the front room and carefully lifted it into place and set it down

I wasn't too sure about the drawer hardware, especially the top drawer, but again, I wanted this spruce up to cost FREE.99 so I resolved that things were fine

Plus, I'm trying to get out of being too matchy matchy, so I told myself it was okay. I was also a little nervous of how the turquoise would look up against the gray wall with the white and yellow frames right above it

But I surprised my matchy matchy self and I really like the layered look of all the colors.

The last step was bringing in the goodies we keep on top: our change container, candy we bring to movies, and this box I made in woodshop in 8th grade we keep extra dinero in

And the project is complete (at a cost of $0)

Not too shabby.

Then we moved on to the next wall with our super awesome newly built home made frames :) And now our new posters have arrived too

They look so crisp, clean and colorful. The prints are super great quality, I love them

I shimmied things around on the ground to find a layout with spacing that I liked

My plan was to have the frames fill the wall pretty completely

When I broke the news to Chris, he wasn't too much of a fan. And I have to say after talking about it with him my idea started to make me pretty nervous. The prints are large and with 9ft. ceilings in this room there was about 14-15" on the bottom and the top before the frames hit the floor and ceiling. I though it would look good because the wall next to it had nearly floor to ceiling action with the hutch and artwork above it so it would provide a nice balance. But Chris' apprehension made
me apprehensive. We still went for it though

After lots of measuring, lots of leveling and lots of tweaking our lines were pretty damn close to perfect

And how do they look on the wall?

Filling up just about the whole space?

Awesome! It might not be for everyone and some may say things are too low, but I gotta say, it works for me! And Chris likes it too. Though he does say it's strange that a frame is low enough to hit into his knees...


Anonymous said...

Those look perfect! People's biggest mistake is hanging art too high, so don't sweat having them at 'knee level', it's the overall effect that counts, and this is very pleasing.

meryl rose said...

Thanks! As an art major we learned to hang the center of work at eye level and then obviously an even amount above and below, so I thought centering all the artwork on the wall would give the same idea. Glad you like it!

Robin @ 3 acres & 3000 sf said...

OMG your own Packer stock?! That is so cool and I don't even watch football. Of course around here that is a big deal. My sister lives in GB and goes to a lot of games. Someday I'd like to attend one. You're gallery walls look good!

meryl rose said...

Thanks Robin!!! We TOTALLY want to see a game at Lambeau, but being Californians, it might take some creative scheduling :)

Robin @ 3 acres & 3000 sf said...

Well if you ever do just know you can have a place to stay the night. Not very close to Lambeau but still...

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

I love both collages, esp. the turquoise topped dresser with yellow frames.

meryl rose said...

Thanks Tanya!

Lettie said...

That looks amazing! Where did you find the National Park prints?

Lettie said...

That looks great! Where did you find the National Park prints?

meryl rose said...

Hi Lettie!

We got the prints here

They're really great quality, if you want to buy National Park posters, they're a great resource. They ship quick and we've never received one that was damaged or nicked in shipping.