Hello friends! I know it seems I've been out of the loop for awhile, but just like "Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear," I will claim the following:
"Projects Are Completed Even When Not Appearing in Blog" :)
We are just coming off a four-day weekend. Between sledding with my kids in the dark on a huge bumpy hill (quite a thrill), hiding behind tall boots in my closet for an eternity playing Sardines in the house (best hiding place ever), and spending time with friends from church, I was able to complete a gallery wall in our hallway featuring photos from a shoot we took in Maui a couple months ago. We could not have been happier with the results of the photoshoot: sunset, Hawaiian beach, tanned family, laughter....it couldn't have been better.
Here's the completed wall:
I've been tossing in doses of turquoise lately and loving the results. Such a happy color:
For this wall, I selected pictures that showed our family simply being us; no poised, pasted smiles this time. I find as the kids get older, it's more difficult to capture the essence of their personalities in a typical family photo, so we tried to capture everyone in action instead. I think it worked :)
I ordered the vinyl "Family Rules" from H of S Designs
and backed the frame with a leftover swatch of paint drop cloth used to make a tree skirt last Christmas. Such an inexpensive option for nubby, linen-type fabric.
I smile each time I walk by and see all the fun in everyone's face on this wall.
I also recently sewed a little ruffle using grosgrain ribbon to personalize the lampshades in our living room:
....and have begun the gradual transformation of this pair of old, ho-hum bookshelves in my sitting room...
...into this, using my first shipment of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen and Provencal. No sanding or priming required; gotta love that.
I antiqued this portion of top molding to sample the finished product ~
The colors match my chairs perfectly, so I'm going for it. So far I've only antiqued one bookshelf. These babies are taking a long time!
The chalk paint is distressing beautifully; I think I'm the newest fan of this product that started hitting blogs about a year ago. It really is pretty amazing stuff.
Off to spend some quality time with Mr. Wonderful who just walked in from a late class.
Have a great weekend!
Labels: Gallery Wall, Hallway, Projects