Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sconce Wall

* Please ignore the fact that I keep calling these sconces.  I've only just realized that they probably aren't sconces, but since I've been calling them that all week, I'll stick with it.

I posted last Sat about a project I'd started, which was inspired by Nester over at Nesting Place.  I had all intentions of getting this finished and posted by Monday at the latest.  I don't know about y'all, but deadlines never work out for me.  Go figure.

Anyway, I got everything painted and temporarily hung where I wanted them and then decided that I didn't like the two larger wood sconces.  They looked horrible after I painted them and they just didn't play well with the others.  So...  I started over with placement.  I had everything almost in place and was driving a nail in for one of the last pieces on the bottom when the top left sconce fell and knocked all but two pieces down.   Luckily, only one corbel broke.  Still...

I'd like to take a second to mention that this is the point where I gave up trying to do this myself and called in the reinforcements. 

Now that I had someone who always knows how to do things better than I do (seriously), I had to find a way to fill three gaps (the two booted sconces and one broken corbel) in my display which basically meant that I had to find three fillers and then work on placement again.  Thankfully, I have such a big stash that I was able to recover quickly.  I remembered a collection of ornate frames that I'd been working on a couple of months ago.  I'd planned to sell them on Etsy once I finished them.  Of course, I hadn't gotten around to finishing them so there they were.  See, sometimes it pays to be a slacker.  

Anyway, Charles had the brilliant idea of taking a photo of every sconce, corbel and frame and then using Photoshop to work out placement.  Here's the chopped and shopped wall.
 nice, right??? so much simpler than putting 1,000 nail holes in the wall
while trying to work it all out 

After that, it was easy-peasy.  Using the chop-shop photo, I directed while Charles hung everything.  We ended up using anchors and screws so that everything would be more secure.  This basically means that I CANNOT change the layout of these.  heh.

I'm really happy with this tiny slice of wall and I'm soooo glad I'm a collection-type thrifter.  If I start seeing enough of something while I'm out, I'll begin to get them and save 'em up for something.  It really paid off here. 

Linking to:
Think Pink Sunday @ Flamingo Toes
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Hookin' Up With HOH @ House of Hepworths 
Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming 
Sundae Scoop @ i heart naptime 
MMM @ C.R.A.F.T. 
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative 
Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle 
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple 
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Weekend Warrior Link Party @ Ask Anna 
Making the World Cuter Monday @ Making the World Cuter
Mad Skillz Party @ Mad In Crafts 
Paint Projects Link Party @ Centsational Girl
Trash to Treasure Tues @ Sassy Sites  
Get Your Craft On @ Today's Creative Blog 
Tues Link Party @ A Bowl Full of Lemons 
Transformation Thurs @ The Shabby Chic Cottage
Show & Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest

38 crafty peeps said:

  1. The frames make it! What a fabulous idea! Love it!

  2. Cute,CUTE, CUUUUTE!!! I am going to have to figure out how to do this at my house! Thanks for the inspiration! I am your newest follower. Come over to Greetings From the Asylum and follow me too!

  3. Lovin the mix of frames and sconces! Also love how some are super ornate and some are more simple! The white brings them all together. What a gorgeous corner of your home. It would make me smile!

  4. SO CUTE! I love it. They all complement each other so well.

  5. This looks fabulous! I love all the various shapes, and sizes. What a conversation piece. Nicely done :)

  6. What a great collection you have there.

  7. It turned out great, Kristi! That was a good idea to use Photoshop to plan it out! It makes for a very striking focal wall with all the white pieces.

  8. Just nifty. I love how you shared your struggles with this project! We all have them.:)

  9. This just looks awesome! Absolutely love it.

  10. I don't care what you call them , they look great!

  11. You inspired me so much, that as soon as I saw this post, I went to my 'decorating closet' and pulled out everything I had that even looked like a sconce/corbel! So I did my own wall last night, here is a link to my blogpost. http://underthearizonasky.blogspot.com/2011/04/sconce-wall.html
    Thank you so much for the inspiration. Keep up the great work :)

  12. This is such a great idea. They look wonderful on that tall, narrow wall.


  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! What a great idea and so creative!



  14. Super cool! I love the addition of frames. Very chic!

  15. Very pretty. Great idea!

  16. I LOVE this, it looks awesome! I'm starting a new link party today and this would be perfect to link up. Here's the link: http://www.askannamoseley.com/2011/04/new-weekend-warrior-link-party.html

    See you there!


  17. Wow the wall look amazing! I am always dragging my husband into my projects for help.

  18. OMGoodness! I love the wall. .. Great job. I am sure it was quite the project, but wow, the results are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  19. Lovely post and thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  20. This is great. I was thinking about doing something like this in my room.

    Please check out my blog as well!


    <3 Liz

  21. These look fabulous...
    Love the idea of using Photoshop to do the arranging..
    Now.. if only I was better at Photoshop! :)
    Great Job!

  22. Looks pretty! thanks for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome wed party.

  23. You call it whatever you want, that looks fabulous! Love that frame in the middle!

  24. Love it! I saw it in my link party and loved it so of course I clicked over. And then I saw "The Speckled Dog" and thought, "OF COURSE it's the Speckled Dog! I always love her stuff!

    You know, you are one of my fav blogs. Srsly.

  25. What a fabulous wall! I loved how you have balanced and arranged all your pieces. That is so smart to use Photoshop to plan it out!

  26. You have been featured at House of Hepworths' Weekly Link Party (AGAIN) because you are awesome! :)

    Stop on by, grab a button, and shout how awesome you are from the rooftops!


    Allison @ House of Hepworths

  27. Thank you for linking this up to my Weekend Warrior party. I hope to see you again next week! :)


  28. Love this wall! I may have to try something like this in my dining room. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Whoo hoo, i'm #930! I was sent over by another awesome blog...it's name escapes me... House of somebody?!
    LOVE this wall, gorgeous! can't wait to check the rest of your blog!!
    cm (or #930 as you may want to call me!)

  30. Hey Kristi!! This really turned out so fabulous! I featured you today!! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/04/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-4/

  31. Wow, this turned out amazing!! Love it!
    Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!

  32. I caught your thumbprint over at My Romantic Home. What a fabulous idea. It looks so good. I am looking for a wall right now to start on! Michele

  33. Very clever idea using Photoshop to decide on the layout!!! I used Photoshop once to layout some accent wall colors in my son's room. I would love to see a tutorial on how you photographed the objects and the wall and then how you used Photoshop. I'll be sharing this on "Amaze Me Monday"!!! Thanks for sharing :D

  34. BEAUTIFUL gallery wall! Visiting from The Shabby Nest =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  35. abulous idea. I would love to see a tutorial on how you photographed the objects and the wall and then how you used Photoshop. Wall Sconces