Almost immediately after David and I moved back home following our 6 month stint at my parents' house, I had a list of "projects" I wanted to do around our house! At the top of my list? Redesigning our family room area! When David and I first got married I was super excited about putting up a gallery wall above the couch in our family room but when we moved back home, I just wasn't feelin' the gallery wall anymore! For starters, I'm 90% sure we hung the gallery too high for our couch, and it was annoying always fixing the frames to make sure they were hanging straight.
I started scouring Pinterest and I found a room on the Oh My Dear blog that I completely fell in love with:
I chose this room as my inspo because, despite the differences, it has similar features to our family room- one long wall and a long couch against that wall. I immediately set out to work on finding the key elements that made the inspo room such a 'WOW'- the large round mirror, the 6 floating shelves and the four equal sized frames!
I found the floating shelves at Ikea for just under $200! STEAL! Then I found a round mirror at Home Sense for $75 (regular $160)! ANOTHER STEAL! I decided to use 4 black frames that I already owned to save $$$. THE BIGGEST STEAL! ;)
After nailing down the materials David and I started the longer-than-expected process of dismantling the gallery wall, patching the nail holes, painting the room (we didn't paint when we moved in and our walls were in desperate need of a quality paint job) and then...FINALLY... putting up the shelves!
Here are some photos of the process...
1. Gallery wall DOWN, paint ON...ready to go:
2. Sorting through materials and marking out where the shelves will go:
3. Hanging up the shelves:
BY FAR the BEST part of the project was styling the shelves! It took longer than I thought it would, but when I was finished David and I were both WOWED with how good our room looked! We can't get enough of our new room- it looks bigger, more sophisticated and totally "us"!
Here's the finished look:
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