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Choosing Art for My Wall

Jennifer —  February 15, 2012 — 2 Comments

I shared on Monday that I had to modify my original idea:

To make room for three 17 X 22 mats I had to space out the pictures a little more.  I tested in with my paper and I didn”t like it.  It looked too spread out.  So I decided to cut the Middle 17 X 22 mat in half.  ( I did this before I made them)  Here is what I came up with.

I actually liked it better than my original pattern.  How did I hang it all up?  Very Carefully….

  1. I drew a level line at the top where the top row would be level.
  2. Then, I hung the first row of framed pictures using a level and measuring tape.  (Make sure to use the level to line up the sides too)
  3. Then I used a large level to draw lines all the way down the wall where the top of each frame was.  That way I knew the framed pictures were lined up even though the mats were in between.
  4. I hung the first row of the drywall mat pictures
  5. I used the large level to draw lines all the way down the wall (horizontally) where the top of each mat was
  6. I hung the rows using the line that I had drawn.
  7. I  took off the pictures one at a time, erased the lines, touched the wall up with paint, let it dry, and put the picture back on.
  8. The framed pictures only had a middle picture hanger which made them wobbly.  After I erased the lines, I added double-sided tape for pictures on each corner to keep them level and on the wall.

Time of work:  Two entire Saturdays.

The funny thing is that I got for Christmas.  If I would have had , this project would have been so much easier!

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Picture Frames:

I went to Michael”s and bought 16 .35 pieces of grey cardstock that matched my fabric (not exactly but super close).  I used an extra piece of cardstock that I had to make a template for the pictures.  I measured and marked on the scrap piece where the picture would be centered. Then I cut out that area.  I would lay this template on top of the grey cardstock and taped the picture in the cut out.

Then, I simply removed the template and Volia…pictures are all centered nicely.

All my pictures are pictures of family that I had.  I scanned most of them in and edited them to be black and white.  I uploaded them to and added a white border to all of them. (You can do that on their site)  Sent them to be printed and picked them up and hour later.  Here are a few:

This is my grandmom:

This is my grandparents

This is me and my cousin who is like my sister.  Can you tell which one is me?  (Hint…left side weird face)

This is the hubs and his dad.  (isn”t my hubbie a cute kid?!)

Here are my babies

Here is the hubs and I on our wedding day:

Choosing what was on the mats was not as hard as I thought.  I created these myself using Macintosh Pages.  I just recreated a quote that I liked or a verse that I liked  and wanted to be reminded of.  I put a background to it:



The Hubs and I collect vintage postcards of all the places that we have lived or been to.  I just trimmed them to be the same size and put them on the mat:



This was a free printable I found on Pinterest.  The hubs is a cyclist.  He has done tri-athalons and bike races like this crazy one.

I  found a drawing of a Vizsla online and printed it out.  I recolored it to look like a silhouette.  This was really easy to do in my home but I would never put this online as a free download for someone.  The image is not mine to sell or give away, but I can use it in my own home.

The Hubs has an English degree and He loves classic literature.  I bought him some stationary that had stick figure versions of popular classics.  I scanned four of the cards in and tweaked it on Mac Pages and then printed it off.

How did I attach the art ?  You can see the nails above.

I just gently tapped a small silver, flat-headed finish nail in the corners of each piece of art.  Using Cardstock is crucial here so it doesn”t tear.  I often stop and look at my pictures.  We live far away from family so this is a fun reminder of the ones we love.

Thanks for reading,


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Jennifer —  February 13, 2012

I think I have a small obsession with drywall.  Random,  I know, but it has been a big element in my home decor.  That is so random to read aloud.  It is the main element in this chalkboard frame wall, in this office bulletin board, and now my living room gallery.

After my “Aha” moment at Lowes I went home and sketched out what I would need.  Here are the materials needed:

Material List:

  • Piece of Clearance Drywall
  • cut pieces of plywood ( “el cheapo” kind because it's just the backing)
  • Liquid Nails
  • Staple Gun (I didn't even use my pneumatic.  I just used my hand-held)
  • Staples
  • Fabric
  • Picture hanging kit
  • small silver nails (with a small flat round head)
  • Ruler
  • Box Knife

I decided that I wanted my drywall mats to be double the size of an 8.5 X 11 paper.  (17 X 22)  I knew that I would be designing and printing off my own art on computer sized card stock paper.  I shared my initial plan the other day and I had already figured out this pattern:

I had to rearrange the cut out paper a little by basically spreading out the framed pictures a little, to accommodate three 17 X 22 mats.  I went to Lowes and Home Depot to collect my supplies.  Home Depot has a better scrap wood section so I went there first.  They have this entire cart of scraps from wood people cut and didn't want.  I found two large pieces of plywood for $1.oo a pop.  I had them cut them into 17 X 22 sized pieces.

I then headed to Lowes where I knew the clearance drywall existed:

The sign says $2.00 but when you get to the register its only $1.00.  I am not sure why, but hey, I am not complaining.  This drywall comes from damaged pieces when they are unloading their large quantities into their store.  I grabbed two large pieces for $1.00 a pop.  (are you counting?  So far I have spent $4.00.)  While at Lowes I picked up a box of picture hangers.  I decided to get the kind you have to nail the little nails in.   I needed 18.  The ones I got (not found online) there were 6 in the box so at $1.65 a pop I spent about $5.00 for that (My total is now up to $9.00) 

When the hubs and I flipped house we bought contractor packs of everything.  We have had enough liquid nails to last almost a year.  The stash is dwindling but I had enough for this project.  I also had staples and a staple gun.  I was able to find some silver flat-headed nails in our stash of random out in the garage.  All I had left was the fabric.

A few days later I went on a fun errand day with my friend Ashley. Of course, on my list of errands was to stop by a random quilt store that we have in my hometown.  It does not compare to my favorite fabric store 45 minutes away but it has a pretty good selection of solids.  I wanted my printables to stand out so I was looking for light grey solid upholstery fabric.  The good news…they had two options.  The great news was that one was in the clearance room.  SCORE!  I bought two yards at $3.50 a yard.  ( The total now is at $16.00)  I was ready to start!

I had to modify my original pattern when I got home.  I will share why Wednesday.  I want to skip that stuff to tell you how I made these.

Here is how:

1.)  I went home and cut the drywall the same size as the plywood (17 X 22)

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If you have a good 90 ruler like this one it makes life so easy.  Mine has a little edge that helps me keep in straight.  I just use it to draw the line and then run the box knife to score the line a few times.  Move the scored line to the edge of your surface (sawhorse in my case) and fold the drywall together like a book.  If it's a large piece, pop it with the palm of your hand.  No worries, it will break on the scored line.  Caution:  This can be messy.  Do this in the garage.  Also, be careful with the box cutter.

2.)  Clean up the edges of the drywall if you need to. 

I shaved  the jagged edge by lightly sanding the sides, and used masking tape to round it off on a few of them.  The more I cut, the better I got and had great edges after the second one.  I was using a heavy weight fabric so the masking tape does not show.  I wouldn't suggest using a light-colored cotton fabric anyway just to make sure the ugly drywall doesn't show through.

3.)  I used liquid nails to glue the drywall and plywood together

Here is what it looks like glued together:

Clamp it and let it dry.  I would trust Liquid nails to hold me over a cliff (not really but its pretty sturdy).  If you still have doubts you can also rest assured that the fabric will also help hold the drywall and plywood together.

4.)  I stapled the fabric on the adhered drywall/plywood piece.

The front of the mat is the drywall piece (so you can “push-pin” a printable onto the front).

6.)  I nailed in the picture hangers

I am anal so I measured one inch in and down on both sides of each mat.  This was a little particular but it sure helped in measuring and hanging them perfectly aligned on the wall.

Here is the finished product:


Stay tuned I am going to share how I modified my pattern, how I framed the pictures in the frames, and I will show you what I chose to put on the mats.  There is a significance behind each one.  I will tell you that this project cost me about $66 dollars.  It's about $6 over what I budgeted originally (before any purchase) but it would have been $90 to get more Ikea frames (plus pictures) and about a total $150-200 if I had to add the cost of 9 large poster frames!

Thanks for reading,


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