May 16, 2012

New Entryway Picture Wall – How To Hang Em’!

When I went to SNAP last month, they hosted the Queen Bee Market. It was AH-mazing! I was in handmade/craft heaven. One of my favorite booths was by Cut it Out. I spent quite a bit of time there deciding what I was going to get and what would fit in my suitcase. If I had been able to purchase the really big frames and bring them back in my suitcase – I WOULD have! Instead I got a collection of 5x7 and 4x6 frames.
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When you purchase the frames they are just raw wood and it is your job to bring them to life. (Like the one below.)
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I painted all of mine with Martha Stewart paint. There is just something about her paint that I love! Maybe it is the fact that there are different finishes like high gloss or satin. I used three different colors – beach glass, rootbeer, and vanilla bean. These frames are super cute – and paint alone wouldn’t do the job. I did different techniques on each of them.
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I decoupaged one in scrapbook paper, wrapped hemp around some, and then used a paper towel and a mix of colors to accent the lovely edges of these frames on others.
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Then there was the hard part- hanging them on the wall. I am known for drilling three holes to hang on picture or hanging pictures a little on the not-so-straight side. I had seen where people used a roll of kraft paper to mark things, but I didn’t have any on hand. What I DID find was a roll of last year’s Christmas wrapping paper – with grids to keep lines straight. Wah-la – better than kraft paper my friends! I gathered all of the things I wanted to incorporate and lined everything up. Then I traced around each frame. After that I measured to find where each screw would need to go and marked it on my paper.
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So now when I made sure to hang my wrapping paper on the wall – STRAIGHT – I just drilled right through the paper. After all of the screws were in I pulled off the paper. Keep the paper as intact as you can incase you forget where one of your pictures go.
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Most of the framed pictures are by Sara Purdy Photography (check out her blog!!!). I think it is about time we visit her again, but I figure we should wait until after baby #3 gets here!
Enjoy,
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