Adding More Frames to the Gallery Wall

Wow - blowing off the cobwebs here ... it's been a very long time since I did a house-related project! As I'm sure is pretty obvious, my time in recent months has been filled with training, kids, trips, races and work.  There are only so many hours in the day, and even something as simple as hanging a frame (which, if you know me and how I approach such things, isn't actually simple at all), seemed like too much effort.

But now that I am focusing solely on the marathon, my training has eased up a bit, and I'm able to do some more projects.  Plus, the weather is cooler and I am feeling the urge to do more around the house again!  There is so much I want to do, but I am forcing myself to stick to the list that I created, which is filled with projects I have lined up and ready to go.  

First on that list: hang the additional frames for my gallery wall in the living room.  I started it back in March, and I quickly realized once it was up that it needed some more pictures.  Here is the room when I finished that phase of the project:

It wasn't bad, but I felt the space needed more.  Here is what I had in mind (with a little help from Photoshop):

I bought a bunch more frames on sale at Pottery Barn (in March) and have had them sitting, waiting to go since then hangs head in shame.  So, at the end of the Summer, I ordered some prints of the kids that fit the frames and was ready to go.

I used kraft paper that I have on hand to make templates for the frames and where the hangers are, just like I did here, and once I was happy with how it looked, up they went.

The wall now looks like this!

I think the addition of the four frames makes the wall look more full and finished, not to mention warmer and homier.  

So that project is crossed off my list.  I am on the hunt for one of those ceramic garden stools to sit next to my fireplace, and I'd really like to paint the dining room table and add new prints to the wall behind the dining room table.  But those things are not on my immediate list because they require purchasing new things.  

Next up: finish the kids' rooms!  Big's is first because I'm further along with his than with Little's room.  I have a bunch of things to share in Big's room, including a project that has taken us a few years to complete.  

See you swoon,

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