DIY Project Parade and re-arranging the living room.

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Winter gives me spring fever. I love being snowed in when I don’t have to go out but I can’t sit still and get bored looking at the same old thing (as if I have time to be bored) but staring at the same four walls day in and day out and looking at tons of inspiration (thanks to my talented blog friends!) – well, it makes me itchy to re-do and re-arrange. And so, my living room was the victim of my decorating bug. Today, I give you the evolution of the living room.

Earlier this week I shared what I’m reading and where I read

DIY Show Off reading nook

Then I spied a blank wall space (oh no! see it in the photo above?) and got crafty and filled it…you like?

aged, vintage inspired wall letters

Then  I pulled the couch away from the wall.

Before…

living room makeover

Which led to taking down a gallery of photos from around the tv mounted above the fireplace. It did look like this but I was never really happy with it. I have a plan for this area anyway…

no more…

tv mounted above the fireplace, gallery wall

Then I arranged the collection of framed prints/photos (mostly past thrift store finds) to this wall…

gallery wall, photo wall, thrift store collection

Here is how I hang pictures on plaster walls:

how to hang pictures on plaster walls

  1. I use sharp upholstery tacks and painter’s tape.
  2. I saw this trick on Pinterest {original source}. Add a dot of toothpaste to the hanger on the back of a framed print.
  3. Place on wall.
  4. Spot to hammer nail is marked (wipe hanger/with damp cloth).
  5. Using tape (important step that helps prevent creating chunks of broken plaster), set nail into place and hammer.
  6. Pull off tape.

and re-arranged them some more. (I just built my design as I went along, but laying out pattern ahead of time is helpful or use paper like this gallery wall tutorial for symmetry.)

It occurred to me afterwards, that when I saw the gallery wall that Lynda from Focal Point {love her!} did a while back, that gorgeous image/her design talent stayed with me. I loved that her thrifted collection went all the way to the floor. While mine isn’t nearly as glam, thank you, Lynda, for the inspiration! :)

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Then I ‘shopped around the house’ and moved the console table from the sitting room (or dining area for two) to the living room and styled that.

gallery wall

Much more interesting…

gallery wall, thrift store wall art, console table, stair wall, living room

I’m loving the change of scenery (I need to swap out some of the prints/photos yet, fill in some spots and make a sign…more DIY!) What do you think? Do you regularly re-arrange or have you perfected a look you enjoy?

after

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Let’s see what you’ve been up to!

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1. You must use the button above (ADD BUTTON HTML CODE FROM SIDE BAR TO YOUR POST) and link to this post to share the linky love.

2. Your post must be recent, shared at one DIY Project Parade only (not continuously) and be DIY related.

3. Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
4. Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
5. If you notice your link has disappeared -please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today, a button or a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted. Please share your link one week only.
6.  NOW you can “like” the links!  What a fun idea!  Most liked links may be included in a post of DIY Project Parade highlights later in the week.

7.  Visit a few other links to make some friends and to collect some creative inspiration!

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