Our dining room has a very large, blank wall. Its actually annoying because we have really tall ceilings and this wall made the room look strange. I have to admit, I had no idea what to put there. I knew it would have to be something large, but I didnt want to shell the beans out to do it. I have done a collage wall before at my first apartment and had pictures laying around, but I didnt wasnt sold on reusing those. I looked all over the internet and tried to find inspiration for this project. Here is the wall now
The fork, knife, and spoon is a project my mom and I worked on last year. She bought this stencil and we painted it directly onto fabric. Then we created a frame out of one bys and wrapped the fabric around. It was really easy and we flew through both pictures (she has one in her kitchen). I probably should have set this picture up a little nicer by clearing the table, but lets keep it real folks.
The biggest pain about putting this wall together was there is an apartment on the other side of the wall (reason 2347296 I hate renting an apartment). When I started banging the nail into the wall, the bratty kid next door started yelling at me. I can say he is bratty because he is. Ive seen him around. In order to keep peace, I literally PUSHED each nail into the wall. What a pain in the butt! Some of the lighter pictures are held up with thumb tacks because I couldnt stand it anymore.
The picture of the tree is actually Angel Oak in Charleston, SC. I found a great deal on Living Social for a photo turned canvas and had been dying to blow this image up:
I took this picture while I was running that 5k last year over Brooklyn Bridge. I was so set on having this up there that I couldnt wait to use my coupon ($29 btw). To my disappointment they couldnt use the image (the canvas was a 16×20). My image was too small to even blow up to an 8×10. I was beyond sad. My settings on my point and shoot are off. Bummer
I settled with the tree. I made sure to not edit it because that could also have a negative effect on the sizing. I like the picture of the tree, I think it might be a little dark though.
The smaller image next to it is a picture I took at an apple orchard a few years ago. (I dont know what it is about trees)
Above that is a picture of the Arch found at the University of Georgia. I got this print while I was still attending. The legend is you are not allowed to walk under the Arch until you graduate or else you wont graduate. There is enough space on either side to walk around it and you better count on seeing people do it. I did it. Once I became a graduate…I walked proudly underneath
Back to the wall. Next to that a red car I snapped from an antique car show
Above that is a blue bicycle I painted for Matt. Because he would totally have a bike with a basket.
Next image I bought from IKEA.
In the middle you see typewriter keys. I took that picture in an antique store a few years ago. The owner loved my camera and told me to walk around and take pictures. This was my favorite of the bunch
Below that is a light post from the Marietta Square. Not sure why I like it so much
My little $1 birdhouse from JoAnn’s painted white
My pink bicycle I painted. Because we are going to ride our decked out bikes around one day. I just need a pink bike. And a basket. And a bell.
Last the print out reading “what I love about my home is who I share it with.” Matt really liked seeing that on the wall (mush!). I cannot remember where I got this picture (sorry) but Im sure if you google it, you could find it in multiple places.