So I was lying in bed a couple weeks ago trying to decide what to do with the hallway. We had just painted it (we paint a lot) and, in our neverending effort to gain more space in our not to terribly huge house, we hung a really cool shelf thing on one wall to hold all our herbs that we pick and dry. I had a dry erase board for the kids on the other wall, on the bottom half, but I wanted to do family pictures above that.
So while lying in bed this picture popped into my head of a tree with branches entertwining around family pictures. This is what I came up with.
It was really very easy. I taped some paper to the wall where I thought I may like pictures. Then I took some chalk and outlined a tree. Then I got some black wall paint (yes, we have some black walls in the house too) and I just kind of freehanded the tree using the chalk outline as a guide. It didn't take long at all. Maybe a couple hours. Of the whole project though taking the pictures, printing them out and getting them in frames (some of which I had to spray black too) was by far the hardest and most time consuming part.
|My Paper "pictures" and chalk outline|
I put a picture of Charlie and I at the top. Around that I put pictures of us holding each of the kids as babies, then on the bottom I did recent a picture of each kid, that I can switch out as they grow. If I had more room (or used smaller pictures) I would have loved to do pregnancy pictures too. I'll have to reassess the layout if (Lord willing when) we have more kids!
|A view from the other side (yes, that is Piper holding a chicken, Lele)|
I could have made the tree trunk go down lower, but my original intent was to have a bunch of roots down there spreading out across the wall. Then after I painted it on I thought roots (and more branches, which I had also intended to do) may be too 'busy'.
|This is a view down the hall (dry erase board on the bottom left, herb storage right)|
|This is our cool dry herb storage! We haven't put all the herbs in there yet but it holds our recycled jars nicely!|