Out of Whack Transformation Thursday

I've been pretty good about the last couple of weeks...projects for Laurel Haven have been running smoothly and I had given myself an unofficial goal of having a new project done by each Thursday to begin linking up to all the fun linky-parties.

Well, we're in Easter season. If you didn't read what that means around here, you can read all about it here. So, I haven't had a lot of time to work on Laurel Haven. I have several half-finished projects that I will hopefully finish in the next couple of weeks.

Then, I realize that Easter is next week and we're having dinner over here and my house is a complete wreck. No, seriously, one of the worst shapes it's ever been. We've been so busy and when we're home we're tired and just want to hang out together. The last thing we want to do is organize rooms, pick up toys and clothes or clean out the storage room. Or the garage. My list of to-dos is long. I'm keeping up with laundry and dishes and I do my best to have the main living areas, well, livable.

My dining room...has had picture frames (that workers took down) laying against the walls since we came home from the hotel. We cleared out the room (minus the frames) so I can do photo shoots of Laurel Haven projects. Well, the dining set moved in last week. Then, I decided to sell a bunch of baby clothes on craigslist. So, I organized them on the table. It looks like a garage sale. When one woman came to look at clothes she actually asked me if we were moving in or out. Yep, it's that bad.

That's not to mention the half-paint job that still exists from our mold/hotel/ceiling craziness.

So, I decided to start. I knew I wanted to clear out the dining room before Easter. In order to do that, I needed to finish the paint job in the entry way so I could hang the pictures that belong there.

I did take before pictures of the wall, but they disappeared from my camera (see? I AM losing my mind). The walls used to be kind of a mustardy-yellowy-gold. They are now a nice neutral (Whole Wheat from Sherwin Williams). It took me two nap-times and one after-bed-time to paint.

I measured the wall and cut strings of yarn accordingly. I laid them on my floor and assembled the frames inside the way I wanted them to look on the wall. I thought I was doing well to even do this much...I'm kind of a get-it-done-quick-without-any-measuring type of girl. And I was doing this the day my hubby left for a trip and the kids are home on spring break.

Then, I hung my pictures. Lots of family pictures and some random art. And our "Scripture" art. When you're a pastor, people like to give you Scripture art. I don't mind, though, and I thought this would be a neat way to display them.

The kids actually did fine while I worked. Emma helped with the littles and Caleb helped me by handing me nails and the hammer.

Unfortunately, I'm sloppy so several of the frames fell while I was hammering. Broken glass. Yuck.

But, here's how it turned out.

Please don't take note of the *lovely* brass light fixture. I have plans.

Several of the frames are crooked. I keep telling myself that it's "eclectic" and "random" so it's okay if they're crooked. I'm not really convincing myself.

And there are 2 random frames that are higher than the rest. I am justifying this by the thought that I may add more frames to go all the way to the ceiling. I am kind of convincing myself of that.

Mostly, I'm taking comfort in the fact that the wall is painted and the frames are hung. They are no longer laying in my floor. I had one more person come today to buy more baby clothes. I am a teensy bit closer to my clean dining room!


  1. Hey Andrea,
    I thought I'd throw out a hint I heard from a friend regarding wonky photo frames that won't stay level... use the sticky foam stuff or sticky tack on a back corner or two of each frame, and they won't wobble or get off kilter as easily. :)
    Love your new furniture project, by the way! All the best to you!

  2. Ooo! Great tip! Maybe I'll put Brad on that when he gets home ;)

  3. This looks great. I love all the variety.

    I am featuring a necklace tutorial and giveaway. I'd love it if you stopped by my blog!

  4. Gallery walls are always so terrific. Yours is personal and really works. Hope you'll drop by and see our lavender fantasy bath. -- Jane F.

  5. So pretty! What a great wall to keep your memories!

    Thanks for linking up!



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