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How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TV

Hi y’all! Happy middle of the week! On Monday I revealed our new gallery wall that we put up around the TV {the one that has been in the plans for 2 years}. If you missed that post, you can find it here along with a list of sources. Today, as promised, I’m going to show you how I settled on a layout and then got everything hung. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TV

The hardest part of this whole project for me was getting rolling. My arrangements almost always start slow, whether its hanging a gallery of pictures like this or creating a mantel display. It takes a bit of time for me to find the right start, but eventually something clicks. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to decide on your configuration. 

I gathered all of the frames and items I had collected over the last several months and a couple different rolls of wrapping paper {in different colors}. First, I made templates by tracing the outline of each item I thought I might hang on brown paper. I cut them all out and labeled them {except for the ones I could easily identify}. I also marked where the nails should go on many of them to make the actual hanging that much easier. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVI started plotting out my arrangement by hanging the templates around the TV with tape. I played around with it a bit, moving them around until I thought I had the right fit. This is the best way to see how the shapes and sizes of your wall hangings will work together, but it is good to keep in mind what colors you are working with. 

Once I was happy with the template layout on the wall, I moved to the floor. I measured the height and width of the TV screen and created another template with a different color of wrapping paper. I laid that onto the floor, and then started mimicking the template layout with the actual frames. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVSince I used multi-colored frames, laying them out like this was the best way for me to see how everything worked together visually. This would of course be most simple if only using black and white prints in one color frame, but I guess I like to keep things interesting for myself. ;) 

If I made a tweak to my layout on the floor, I did the same to the template layout on the wall. Once I was happy with my arrangement, it was time to hang! I used a combination of nails, thumbtacks, and command trips to get everything hung. I could hammer a nail or stick a thumbtack directly through the marked spot on the template, and then just tear the template away to make sure I got everything hung in the right spot. I started from the left side of the TV and worked my way around. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVI worked on hanging the gallery wall over two days {an hour here and there}, but you could definitely knock this out in an afternoon. 

Do you have any special tips for hanging art?

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How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

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I have a thing for vintage dishes. I have quite the eclectic stash in our coffee bar cabinet. From retro baking dishes and mixing bowls found at thrift and antique stores, to delicate heirloom china…I love it all! Some of these items are priceless, or would be very difficult to replace should something happen to them. It is important to know how to properly care for your vintage dishes to avoid any heartbreak down the line. Here are a few tips to help you properly care for your precious dishes.

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China 

1) Just say NO to the dishwasher! 

The number one and most important rule when it comes to vintage baking dishes and china is to always hand wash! I know, I know. It’s 2014 and we love our appliances that are meant to make life a little more convenient. Dishwashers are too powerful for these delicate dishes. Over time, you will notice prints start to fade or disappear completely. Save yourself from heartbreak, and take a few extra minutes to gently hand wash. 

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

2) Fill up your sink the warm water and a gentle dish soap.

Fill up one side of your sink with warm, not hot, water and a squirt of gentle dish soap. Try to avoid any soaps with lemon or any other citrus. Citrus scented soaps may be too acidic and cause harm to the print on your dishes. You can let your dishes soak for a bit if you’re dealing with baked on food. It is also important to make sure your baking dishes have fully cooled off between oven time and sink time. 

Place a rubber mat or a dish towel at the bottom of the sink when you’re washing china or more fragile pieces to avoid chipping. 

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

3) Scrub away! 

Use a microfiber cloth or sponge {I love microfiber sponges!} to gently scrub your dishes. Be sure not to use anything abrasive to scrub with. 

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

4) Air Dry 

Set your dishes out to air dry. I’ve never been much of a fan of dish drying racks until I found the Rubbermaid Dish Rack at Target. 

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and ChinaIt is much nicer looking and less bulky than other dish racks, so it doesn’t take up too much space in my tiny kitchen. It is also big enough to dry a whole bunch of dishes at once. The Rubbermaid Dish Rack also has antimicrobial properties built right in, so you don’t have to worry about bacteria {holla!}. Your clean dishes actually stay clean. :) This kitchen must have has been a game changer when it comes to caring for my favorite dishes!

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

 

How to Wash Vintage Dishes and China

Psst….Deal alert! You can get 15% off the Rubbermaid Deluxe Drainer until May 31, 2014 via Target’s Cartwheel app. 

Are you a vintage dish junkie like me? Any other special tips or tricks for caring for your vintage dishes? 

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How to Clean Your Yarn Wreaths

Happy almost Friday! ;) Thank you all for your kind comments this week. Y’all are too sweet!

how to clean your yarn wreath : like a saturday

I have an easy “how-to” tip for you all today. A couple of weeks ago I showed you my springtime yarn wreath I have hanging on the front door. Well, since then our pollen count has sky rocketed and we’ve had a lot of really windy/stormy days. All of that adds up to a lot of pollen and dirt being blown onto my wreath and sticking in the yarn fibers.

how to clean your yarn wreath : like a saturday

how to clean your yarn wreath : like a saturday

Blech. Gross, right? I think a lot of people are hesitant to hang yarn or fabric wreaths outside since they will inevitably get dirty. Not to fear! All you need is a can of compressed air that is used to clean out computer keyboards. how to clean your yarn wreath : like a saturday

Make sure you have the little straw-like object attached to the nozzle and then spray away. It will gently clean off and dirt or pollen without causing any damage to your wreath.

how to clean your yarn wreath : like a saturday

Voila! Clean and beautiful again!

how to clean your yarn wreath : like a saturday

I hope you all have a fantastic day!

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