This office makeover has been a slow process!
Seems like life just happens whether you are ready for it or not!
Anyway, this is Part 1 of my new office/craft space reveal (does it seem more exciting if I break it down into parts? or can you tell I am totally buying more time to get stuff finished?)
When I began moving my furniture back into the office I wanted to change the layout. I used to have my “work” desk facing a wall, and while that worked fine sharing the room with our guest bed, I now had waaaay more options. And let’s just say I like moving furniture around! (hubby? him not so much)
Long story short, my work desk is now sticking out from the wall, and I get to face out into the room (and look at some new pretty shelves as a bonus!) But it left me with a big bare wall directly behind my back. Doesn’t bother me much when I am working, but when you walk into the office that’s your view. Not so pretty, and definitely not inspiring.
I am in LOVE with gallery walls.
I found a
hideous fabulous gold and brown bamboo frame on clearance. This frame was a disaster thing of beauty. I saw it on a friday night at a store not too near our house but on the way home from a friend’s place. She didn’t come home with me that night. I swear, I was up for hours kicking myself, just knowing that someone else has already grabbed her. The next morning, the girls and I jumped into the truck to race back there be super productive and run tons of totally worthwhile errands which just happened to be in that neighbourhood. Really. Pinky Swear.
Bet you are dying to see her now aren’t you? Well, you can’t. I was so excited to start her fabulous makeover that I sort of skipped the “before” photos. Nice.
Whatever. She was gold, a really shiny terrible gold and a muddy-not-cute-brown.
Ready for some pictures?
I started by centering a quote onto the wall. I blocked it out with paper first, then cut it out of vinyl using my cricut. I did the script-y “love” in hot pink but I am still not fully loving it (haha) so I might still change it out to white. Let me know what you think!
My plan was to frame out the quote using my bamboo beauty, and then build a gallery wall around that. I also decided instead of using photos, I would use scrapbook paper.
I laid out all the frames onto my desk, playing with the spacing for a while. Honestly, I was totally going for the random kind of chaotic look, but…I think I am too organized? controlling? and I just couldn’t handle it! So it ended up being pretty symmetrical.
Once I had it pretty much planned out, I just started hanging. I didn’t measure anything, and I’m pretty sure that is the wrong way to go about it. Just sayin. I did, however, use the fabulous “hang n level” but I totally eyeballed it. And, as some of the frames started to go up, I changed the placement a little.
Obviously, some of the frames hadn’t been painted white yet, and I won’t tell you how long it stayed like this because it’s kind of embarrassing!
But when I finally got my butt into gear, I finished spraying, removed all the mats and picked paper. I went with what I liked at that moment. It doesn’t all match, but it’s paper that I like, from projects that I loved. And, it’s super easy to change out when I am sick of it. One day it might even have photos, but for now I am loving the final result!
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