Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Great Frame Up

The rare non-holiday related post! Good to mix things up every once in awhile. My sister invited me to blog about their recent decorating adventure: busying up the expansive wall that leads from the entryway up the stairs of their town home. ... She had picked up a template and associated frames from a big sale at Michael's. This was literally going to take all of the guesswork out of how far apart to put the frames and what the ideal configuration would be.
Looking at a few different options in turning the template, we settled on one and got to work taping it to the wall. We quickly realized this was going to be more than a two (short) person job. 
 My brother in law broke out the ladder and helped us out by taping up the tops and making sure things were level.
The next step in the template is to use a 1/4" drill bit on each of the indicated holes in the template. The frames came with hardware including plastic anchor screws. In some cases, the drill discovered a stud so a smaller bit was used and the screw would be put directly in.
After all of the screws were in, the template is carefully ripped down. If this can be salvaged it would be a good thing as it can be used for the next house!
The applicable frames (labeled by letter for convenience) were thrown up on the walls. The screws and backing had some wiggle room that allowed them to be slightly shifted one way or the other depending on your skill with the drill beforehand.
The frames came with a series of black and white nautical prints that actually look pretty good together in the meantime while my sister finds the best photos for all of the different sized frames. Something tells me my 18-month old niece is going to be quite the featured player on this wall!

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