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DIY KM at Home

Office Art Gallery Wall

July 20, 2020

With the world being what it is and spending more time at more and more time at home working, the stay at home orders in March forced my need for action. Pretty spaces inspire me. Pretty spaces make my brain work better. Pretty spaces make my attitude better. So change here we come!

I have a large blank wall in my office that has been blank, filled with gallery images and a few other slight variations, but I never loved it. One thing with design (and most anything in life, really) is that intentionality towards a project effects the outcome. Previously, I had slapped something together rather than spending the tiny bit of extra time to truly evaluate a vision and create a road map. That little bit of extra time and effort changes the outcome HUGELY!

Before

I took down the latest version of the gallery wall.
Patched holes.
Added a fresh coat of paint.
This was my starting point.

From there I knew I wanted a gallery wall look, so I did my little ghetto fabulous drawing (an art skill I was not blessed with, but you get the idea). I committed to the vision and began searching for the gallery lights and the specs for frames. An easy little tip/trick is to use painters tape on your walls to map out vision and sizing. I originally thought I could go with a smaller frame size, but after I added the tape to visualize sizing, I knew that was a no go. The tape also allowed the measuring to be done up front for placement later which was such a blessing. You know that the further you get into a project the less patience you begin to have and you just want it DONE.

Good thing for mapping because these were much too small

We also talked lights here and finally decided on these gems from none other than Amazon. Easy shipping and we made it work. Yes, the lights I would love are triple the cost, but budget is real life and I do believe these are fabulous. Now if the splurge was worth it, I would have waited to save my pennies to get the higher end, but in this case, the budget friendly option is perfect!

Then we added this fancy light trick. Read more about that here where no hardwiring is needed and it gives you the look you want as if an electrician had come in and done some magic. This way is crazy easy and anyone can tackle this one.

And because corona had everything shut down, I had a frame fiasco, but we are finally here and it is done!!! I was inspired by the Instagram account Face The Foliage to create art pieces that are made of natural and beautiful things. This was a new project for me that I wanted to try out and add a different style of art to my home. I have a gallery wall in my entry and have created abstract art in the living room (also good and amazing projects to spice up your home), so I felt like I needed something different and this was a fun, new and interesting way of art. These are not easy and take time and vision, so it was a process. I will also be adding these to the KM Print Shop for anyone interested.

Now this space has been transformed into a beautiful and inspiring office in my little home. It makes me happy and inspired to walk into. It’s functional and beautiful.

Here are the supplies I used to make this project a success:
Wall Patching
Paint
Wall Sconces
Puck LightsSee installation information here
Heavy duty Velcro
Painters Tape
IKEA Ribba Frames
Art work – KM Print Shop

I hope you are creating happy and beautiful spaces out there!

xo, km

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