gigantic walls = gigantic need to be filled


(THE UNSTYLED-NESS OF THESE PILLOWS IS DRIVING ME A BIT NUTS. JUST HAD TO SAY THAT. BUT GUESS WHAT, MAMA'S GOT NO TIME TO GO PLACE 'EM PERFECTLY - SO OH WELL!)

Folks!!! True to form, my thoughts for the GIGANTIC walls that make up our entryway, living room and dining room were, as a surprise to no one, GIGANTIC. But guess what comes with GIGANTIC thoughts for GIGANTIC walls.

GIGANTIC CONTRACTOR BIDS.

So, again true to form, we decided to chuck the idea of hiring someone to put up some board and batten and also to NOT go with the 16+' bookcases full of glorious lighting, and instead went for something a little less... expensive. SO much less expensive, in fact, that it was FREE.


That's a GIGANTIC YES to me over here, Nicole El-Cheapo Cisneros! WIN.

I walked out into the garage one day, sick of staring at the giant greyish white-ish walls in that front, dominant room - I laid down a humongous piece of smooth plywood we just happened to have out there (leftover from the phase 1 kitchen backsplash project), then opened up the quart-or-so of paint we had left over from painting the playroom a deep green.

I started painting the bottom third of the plywood, then added some white to the paint that was left. About 20 minutes later, I ombre'd another third of the plywood, then repeated the process another 20 minutes later. Chad then screwed the entire 9x4' of my new art to the wall, created a frame made out of moulding to it, and

PRESTO!

SOMETHING TO FILL OUR GIGANTIC WALL!!!!!!

(EDITING TIME ON THIS HERE PIC = ZERO. AS EVIDENCED BY THE STATE OF THE ROOM AS WELL BAHA! AND IN THIS PIC, IT LOOKS PEWNY (PUNY?). THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR ANGLES.)

So we kept it like that for months and months - my green beauty just standing by herself. Then out of no where I had this intense itch to add to it - either it was time for us to take the green beaut off the wall and DIY ourselves some 16' bookcases or we needed to add some complimentary art to ol' greenie.

(IN PROGRESS COMPLIMENTARY ART - HELLO YES.)

(AND THEN FOR THE 3 ART PIECES TO LOOK NOT LOST ON THE HUGE WALL, I MADE THIS FREE PICTURE LEDGE THANKS TO ANGELA ROSE'S TUTORIAL.  CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE THIS WAS ALL FREE? THIS SHELF IS 10' LONG!)

Again TRUE TO FORM, I went for the cheap option - walked back into the garage and created some more art! This time from leftover bulletin boards we had out there. I FREAKING LOVE IT.

Still not over the whole experience; a little creativity and we no longer have a large, white, empty wall AND we never shelled out the 7 billion dollars for the contractors. I'm calling that a win for the time being!


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