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TV Gallery Wall

The last few weeks have been about taking care of items that have been sitting on my to-do list for…ever. I have been dreaming up a gallery wall to go around our TV in the living room since the end of 2012 when we upgraded from a box TV and giant entertainment center, to a flat screen and media stand. I am absolutely thrilled that my idea is now a reality! Gallery walls are such a fun way to inject a bit of your personality into your space. They can be done in any variety of ways. I love an eclectic gallery wall that tells you a bit about the people who live in the home. 

TV Gallery Wall

I wanted to put a gallery wall around the television to help it blend in a bit more. My goal was to create a focal wall with meaningful arts and prints…and, “oh, there’s a TV there, too” — as opposed to just being the TV wall. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a TV wall in your house. The way our house is built, this wall is pretty much the first thing you see upon entering, so I wanted to pretty it up a bit. 

As a reminder, here is what this space looked like before both the gallery wall and painting the media stand :

TV Gallery Wall

 And here is what it looks like now! 

TV Gallery WallI am really happy with the end result! I started to get a bit nervous when I was laying it out. I was concerned that it would make the room feel cluttered. I think it adds more character to the space, and having some height on that wall highlights our tall ceilings and actually makes everything feel a bit roomier. The dark and wooden frames seem to add warmth and coziness to the room as well {despite the fact that most of the art has blue tones – which I just now realized and was totally unintentional. I may have a thing for blue.}. Oh! And my adorable new blanket basket is from the Nate Berkus line at Target. How can one love a basket so much?

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

And the view after walking in the front door….

TV Gallery WallI’ll show you later on this week how the gallery wall came to be, but today I’ll leave you with a list of sources. 

TV Gallery Wall

 

  1. Travel Map of Finland – this belonged to Tim’s Grandpa {who was born in Finland}
  2. Hot Air Balloon with C.S. Lewis Quote – Hope Ink
  3. Psalm 28:7 – I can’t remember who makes this, but it came from Zulily. {Let me know if you know who it is from!}
  4. Custom Hand Painted Monogram – The Winsome Palette {my Aunt makes these and they are fabulous! She does a variety of colors and background images. They make awesome gifts!}
  5. A paint by number I did from Hobby Lobby. Because I am a 5 year old in my heart. ;)
  6. George and Martha Washington Silhouettes – vintage, belonged to my Grandma {similar here}
  7. Isaiah 40 Print – Hope Ink
  8. From a 1979 calendar {it doesn’t get more random than that}
  9. Wooden Arrow from Hobby Lobby
  10. “H” Hoop Art – something I made forever ago
  11. Engagement photo
  12. Ocean Painting – online flea market
  13. Wedding photos

 Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What is your philosophy on television placement?

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Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

There are certain projects that have sat on my to-do list for way too long because I was dreading them. They sit there forever because I think they’re going to take too long, or be too difficult. And then I get to the point where I can’t wait any longer and I think to myself “why didn’t I do this sooner?”. This project is one of those. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

We have had this dresser in our guest room since we moved into the house. It was my husband’s dresser pre-marriage. It is a really nice, solid wood dresser. I’ve always wanted to stain it and add some hardware so that it would fit in with the rest of our furniture a bit better. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

For some reason, I had it in my head that it was going to be this crazy labor intensive and time consuming project. It really wasn’t that difficult at all. I spread the project out over several days. I would take care of one step, leave it to dry, and then come back a day or two later for the next step. 

I wasn’t sure what type of wood I was working with {I’m now thinking oak, based on the wood grain that showed up when I stained it}, so I used wood conditioner to be sure. Wood conditioners are very important for softer woods. They penetrate the wood to allow the stain to absorb well and evenly. For the stain I used Minwax Polyshades in Mission Oak {satin finish}. I am in deep love with the Polyshades line since it cuts out the need to apply separate coats of poly. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

You can see in the above photo what the dresser looked like after a coat of wood conditioner and a coat of stain. I panicked a little bit because the color looked eerily similar to the orangey yellow kitchen cabinets I’m dying to paint. The second coat did the trick though and it ended up being the exact color I was hoping for. 

I wanted the finished dresser to have a sort of vintage library feel – a little card catalog-esque. {Remember libraries?}. The drawers don’t really need hardware. Do you see the line on each drawer? That is basically a built in drawer handle. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

Even with the built in handle, I really wanted to find card catalog pulls. I searched high and low and oh my goodness – they are ridiculously expensive! I was not about to spend $50 or more on hardware I didn’t technically need. When I was about to give up, I stumbled upon these drawer pulls from D. Lawless. I’ve seen other bloggers talk about this store before, and I don’t know why I hadn’t checked it out until now. They will now be my go-to store for hardware! They have a great selection and the prices are unbelieveable. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

These guys only cost 60 cents {!!!}, instead of the $7-10 a piece like some I’d found. I wanted them to have an aged brass look. I spray painted them with Rustoleum’s antique gold and then used a bit of rub-n-buff on them. 

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover The dresser looks perfect in this eclectic little guest room of ours. It’s the perfect space to display some of our favorite vintage items. :)

Vintage Library Style Dresser Makeover

What to-do list items have you been avoiding? Time to get on that! ;)

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P.S. Please excuse the photos in this post. Our guest room is basically a cave and gets very little natural night. Also, I’m in no way affiliated with D. Lawless. I just think they’re awesome and I’m super happy with my find! 

 

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DIY Backlit Marquee Letter

Hi there! Are you recovering today from a long weekend? Hopefully everyone had a fun, safe weekend without any firework incidents. ;)

I have had my heart set on one day owning a big, metal marquee letter from sometime now. My husband and I both love typography. We are what you might call “font nerds”. Comic Sans and Papyrus offend us, we love a good font joke, and typography art just makes us feel swoony. Do you know what doesn’t make us feel swoony? The prices of most of the marquee letters on the market. 

When I stumbled upon a wall full of galvanized metal letters at Hobby Lobby, I did a happy dance in aisle {especially because they were half off that week}. I quickly came up with my own take on an illuminated marquee sign. This may win for the easiest project in the history of Like a Saturday. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15To create your own backlit marquee letter, you will need a metal letter {mine was $15 at Hobby Lobby, but have seen similar at other craft stores and online}, a string of Christmas lights, and either duct tape or electrical tape. I used a strand of LED lights that I had on hand. These hardly put off any heat, so I don’t have to worry about the metal getting too hot. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

ampersand 1.jpgFlip the letter over and position the end of the strand so your plug is where you will need it to be. Start taping the strand of lights to the inside of the letter. You will want to place a piece of tape in between the lights. I wrapped and taped the strand to the outside edge of the letter, and then came back and did the same on the inside edge. I still had some lights left, so I taped those to the center portion. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

This is what mine looked like on the backside once I was finished {lit and unlit}. I just had a little tail sticking out of the bottom so I would be able to plug it in.

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

See? Seriously easy! For now, our illuminated ampersand is living above our bedroom dresser. An ampersand seems like a fitting character for over here, since we have several wedding mementos on the dresser {like a few wedding photos and our cake topper birds}. 

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

 

Are you a typography nerd, too? What ways have you incorporated it into your decor?

 

 

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DIY Illuminated Marquee Letter -- it only took me 10 minutes and cost $15

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