But seriously, I love what I did, but the process - whew!
|Please don't email me and tell me which ones are crooked.|
I didn't know what to do with them, but after seeing J&S make a collage of sorts in their book and then seeing the postcards on sale on Fab.com, I knew I had to at least buy them. Then we moved into this place with a giant blank wall in the dining room. And...idea! The plan started off very easy. I went to the dollar store and bought a ton of frames. And by ton, I mean EXACTLY the number I needed, with no thought as to what might happen if one broke (this is called "foreshadowing"). Jon and I went through all the postcards and picked out 24 places we had been (sometimes together, sometimes separately) and I took them to Home Depot. I lined them up and picked 4 paint colors that seemed to compliment the postcards and got little sample pots of each. The colors I used were:
|All from Lowe's Olympic line|
The layers were frame -- glass -- white mat -- postcard -- white construction paper -- frame back -- command strip.
Which leads me to command strips. A rental's (and, honestly, a homeowner's best friend). They let you eyeball the exactness because as long as enough of the sticky strips connect, you're golden. No need to aim for an elusive nail AND put a crap-ton of holes in your wall to patch before your move-out inspection, amiright??
To hang them up, I measured an area down from the ceiling and put a big piece of blue tape across the wall and repeated three more times, then pulled the tape away as I was putting the frame on. At least, the first rows went like that. After that, you could really just eyeball it if you put the complete connected two-piece command strip on the frame and then just pushed the whole thing on the wall.
|Progress. I put the stripes up first, but didn't use them much after the first row|
Yes, that's right. I dug and dug through a store to find ONE frame that matched the other 22 in my house, leaving me one short. Two trips to various stores and I was just SOL. Even online, that frame isn't around anymore. But, let's face it, it's rare that a project goes well in my house. So, I bought a very similar frame (it's just more beveled around the edges) and put it in the corner with hopes no one looks/cares. And honestly, as I type this, I'm turning around checking it out and it's not noticeable at all. So, sorry, Austin, TX. You're not different, you're special.
- Buy 30 of whatever you need 24 of. Always.
- If you move command strips, put up a new command strip
Here's the approximate cost breakdown. Not bad for an entire wall!
- 27 frames: $27
- 3 paint pots: $12
- Various painting supplies: $10
- Postcards: $24
- Command Strips: $20
- White mats: $20
-Grand total-ish: $113
Have you ever had to fill up an entire wall? How did you do it? How do you display travel memories and memorabilia? Have you ever dug through something in a store trying to find what isn't there? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
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