Saturday, July 27, 2013

Gallery Wall in a Powder Room

On my birthday, 
I thought I would have a really good time with my buddy Kris!!!!!
Now,
lots of folks would do something like go to the movies.....
go to a party.....
go shopping.....
not me!!!!!
NO, NO, NO!!!!!
For fun on my big day, I wanted to hang pictures in Kris's powder room.
I know,
I know.
I'm a little strange.
But you must be too, 'cuz you're reading this.....
This is the way the room looked before I attacked it with my hammer and nails.
If you want to read how we got this far in this room....click here.
Kris and I have been looking for something to hang on the walls for the past year.
We found some wonderful ship prints, but got to the auction too late to bid on them.
The auctioneer that day was going really fast, and we timed it wrong.
It really fried our goats.
But not to worry,
there's always something else just around the corner, when you deal with old stuff.
There was an auction of military things.
Old guns.
Old instruments.
Old uniforms.
(no old guys, though)
There were also some old military prints.
Since most of the people at the auction were guys, they were there for the manly stuff.....
no one bid against us for the decorating stuff, like these prints.
So we lucked out, and I think they're really unusual, and work well with the map wallpaper.
The guys in the prints are British solders, 
and the maps are of Great Britain,
so they actually make sense, sort of, in this room!!!!!
I will now show you in excruciating detail, how I hung every one of these suckers.
I started with two in the middle of the wall on the right.....
Now,
some people would think that that was enough......
That the job was done.....
BUT NOT ME!!!!
I was just getting started.
I made really light marks with a pencil, to note where I wanted the next picture to hang.....
And then I couldn't find the mark.
Sooooooo.....
Kris came up with the brilliant idea of using post it notes to help!!!!!
I stuck the tab on the wall, and marked with pen on the tab, 
AND THEN I COULD SEE MY MARK!!!!!
So,
I continued on with my bad self, and hung some more of these guys.
Three down, a million to go.....
I worked out from the center.
I was starting to get hungry.....but I kept going....
NOT BAD!!!!! NOT BAD!!!!!
One across from the toilet.
It's a little larger than the others, so we hung it by itself.
At this point, I was faint from lack of food, so Kris took me out for my birthday lunch.
I had a hankering for nachos.
I normally don't allow myself to eat this kind of thing,
so I went hog wild, and stuffed my face.
I must have told the waitress 3 or 4 times that it was my birthday.....
(I'm so grown up.....)
so, after I couldn't eat another bite, she brought over complementary fried ice cream.
I was absolutely stuffed.
I had some anyway.
Later that afternoon, I became comatose, and vowed never to do this again.
Let's see how long I remember this lesson......
BUT
before I lost all use of my arms and legs....
we returned to Kris's house, and finished the bathroom.

I added  one over the toilet.....
and then another.....
It was starting to really come together.
Across from the six prints I had hung, I planned to hang six more.
HOWEVER.....
I couldn't fit any along side the sconce, so I had to settle for just four on that wall.
They balanced the six opposite just fine,
Sooooo.....
Now,
when I look into this powder room.....
the walls don't look bare to me anymore!!!!!
Kris says she likes the fact that the frames are so beat up.....
but I may just touch them up with some black paint.
You know how I love me some paint.

On that note.....
Latah, Gatah
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23 comments:

Pondside said...

I like it - a lot.
...and a belated Happy Birthday!

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday.

I really like the soldier prints. Nice find. No one bid against you?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, the pictures are fabulous and I love them hung in mass. Looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Happy belated birthday! I love the wallpaper in the bath and the framed prints are perfect.
xx,
Sherry

Kathy Moreland said...

Looks great, especially with the wallpaper. You rocked this one for sure!

Barbara P from MA said...

As usual you knocked it out of the park! The room looks fabulous! Happy Belated Birthday from me too!!!

Meredith @ The Laundry Can Wait said...

This might be my favorite powder room ever. Seriously. I love the prints and I'm very jealous I don't own them. ;) That you placed them {in bulk, no less} in a bathroom is so unique. I LOVE it!

XOXO,
Meredith

Karen said...

I love everything about this bathroom! The wallpaper... The Sconces... Now I'm going to have to start hitting up the antique stores and ebay so I can find a collection of antique prints! I need this look in my master bathroom! Thanks Betsy!

Karen

Mary said...

This room is fabulous! You are so smart to find such interesting things to pull a room together.

I am stealing ideas left and right!

Mary
From Virginia

Stacey said...

That looks fantastic! I do like them a little beat up and the wallpaper is wonderful too.

Anonymous said...

We just re did our bathroom and instead of wallpapering as always, I painted, thinking that down the road it would be an easier sell if we ever had to leave here. Being pragmatic, you know?
But I miss the warm finished look that only wallpaper provides, and seeing your beautiful bathroom, you have just convinced me to stick with what I love, and so the heck with worrying about something that might never have to happen.
Thank you!
Dolores


Rhonda said...

Those prints are perfect for the power room!

Anonymous said...

Wow! They sure make the room more interesting and that was a large stack of prints.

betsy said...

Very nice job! Happy birthday :)

Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

I LOVE the powder room with or without the pictures. It's so cool and I might find myself staying in there longer than needed just to look at the pictures ;-)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Glad you had a great birthday...happy belated birthday...the prints are fabulous!

Di said...

Love that wallpaper and the military pictures really go with it. Aren't you the bright one Betsy.....Happy belated birthday and Many More!

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday! I love Kris's bathroom. I am with you on the idea of touching up the frames. The wear and tear on the frames takes the eye away from the focal point, which I think is the subject matter, the print in the frame. The print tells the story.
Thanks for this nice blog.
Judy W. E.

adesignart said...

Great room, Happy Birthday!

Classof65 said...

Isn't the toilet-paper holder just a little too far from the toilet? Just sayin'.

The room looks great! I'll bet those prints cost a small fortune...

Sometimes it's nice to see how the 1% live.

Karin said...

If I saw 12 matching AND framed prints of anything at an auction, I would pass out (I'd buy them first). Fortunately, I can say with absolute certainty that I will never pass out an an auction because I've only ever seen crap and more crap at auctions. Where on earth were you? Sothebys?

Karin said...

PS Just realized that the military men in the prints match in theme with the decoupaged horse riding military man on the sink top. Do you have a magic wand, Betsy? I'm thinking you do.

Betsy Speert said...

I'm NOT TELLING!!!
It's my leetle secret.....

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