Thursday, March 31, 2011

Refreshing the Walls

True to my nature, as we were in the heat of our second marathon must-finish-the-kitchen-now weekends I took on a random project. It involved a trip to JoAnn Fabric & Crafts. For those of you who are familiar with my crafting abilities, you should realize this meant I was desperate for a distraction.

Along our main hallway we have a series of photos that were taken on a trip to Italy in 2008. They're pretty good pictures, but they just weren't doing it for me anymore. I've been enjoying home design blogs where I've seen an abundance of what I consider "preppy patterns".

So, I was able to merge a few ideas. I'd seen the Young House Love folks use Ribba frames from Ikea recently. We picked up four, and I also had two frames that kind of coordinated sitting in storage. Honestly, I'd forgotten about these until I started assembling my project. It was like finding money in an old coat pocket!

So, armed with my frames I went to Joann Fabric & Crafts. Apparently they still have a few overstock Christmas bags.

I came home with four fabric samples that were discontinued and therefore for sale. They were $2 each and totally fit the look I was envisioning.

I also managed to shatter one of the pieces of glass. Ugh.

I figured I could replace the glass eventually, but I wanted to have a sense of the project completed. Little did I know, the yellow piece was in the matte backwards. It's so obvious in the picture! Ugh again.

Here they are all lined up in the hall ready for hanging!

I started taking the existing pieces off the wall and thought about where to move them. We had a Chicago Map poster that I tried on a far wall of our living room.

I wasn't feeling it. Then I had the crazy idea of putting my new pieces on the living room wall.

I was a fan. I still have 3 frames left that I think I'll hang on the adjacent wall. Now I just need to go back to Ikea to replace the broken frame (between the shattered glass and the incorrect matte which subsequently got ruined when I removed the tape adhering the yellow fabric it was time for a complete replacement).

Here's my only question: the second wall I want to decorate is larger than the first. Should I add more frames to fill the space?


  1. I think the placement of the three frames looks great! As for your question...I'm not sure which wall you're talking about. But, if you space them like you did in the pictures above, I think you're on the right track.

  2. They look great!! I love those frames, and the fabric you picked out is perfect.

  3. Love the fabric you picked out! Question for you though - where did you get the big overhang lamp? I LOVE lamps like that and while it wouldn't work in our current place, I really want something like that for a future house. Thanks!

  4. @fromscratchblog: sorry that wasn't clear! I was talking about the wall in the bottom photo.

    @ a long far view: we got it from crate & barrel with gift cards from our wedding!

  5. Ooh, thank you! Will definitely have to look into that as we still have some wedding gift cards to there!

  6. Girl, I am loving your house posts!! Your kitchen makes me green with envy and I love what you did with those fabrics! Keep up the good work! :)

  7. I love the fabric filled frames!!! Looks fabulous!