Hello, my name is Stacey….and I am a gallery wall-aholic. There I said it, it is out in the open.
I have plans to show you several of my favorite examples very soon BUT….sometimes one large, fun piece of art may be what a wall is calling for. My dining room wall was such a place. Now this room has transformed numerous time over the years that we have lived here. First rendition, think creamy yellow faux finish, next a super dark chocolatey brown, followed by a fantastic dark gray that I still love (Warm Stone by Sherwin Williams) all with some lovely gallery walls, but none were quite right for this space. So we went all white…but ended up painting the ceiling a blue (something that will likely be changing very soon).
I bring up the wall colors (not to mention the three chandeliers) as this room and walls have undergone numerous transformations but nothing felt right. With my new white walls and blue ceiling I was inspired by some Pinterest photos and some scrap pieces of wood in our garage (always something to peek through with my husbands line of work!). I had Jason construct a large pallet style design. Giddy with its size and the color of the wood, I was super excited to move to the next step. Except I didn’t…I stared at that baby for months and couldn’t decide what to do. I even hung it on the wall plain hoping for inspiration. Again, read former paragraph and you realize I am not afraid to change something if I don’t like it, but I had some major creative block.
Several ideas I played around with felt too juvenile and another too stuffy. At last inspiration hit! I had a concept and challenged myself to use only items that I had on hand. A large-sized metal “S” from Hobby Lobby had no real home, so I decided to start there. I had a great Moroccan stencil lying around and mixed some left over gray paint with water to make a translucent effect. To finish the project, I used some Annie Sloan dark wax and deepened the color around the edges.
Although I am sure this is not my forever piece on this wall, I am happy with how it turned out. It is whimsical and fun with out looking like it belongs in my daughters’ playroom. I especially love that I made it myself (okay a bit of help from handy hubby) and it was essentially FREE! It also ties nicely with our “S and S” theme 🙂
I hope this inspires you with one of your unfinished projects that you may have lying around your house. Remember…nothing has to be forever.
Until next time,