Check me out, guys:
It’s art. On my wall. And it’s PINK.
I spend so much time around this house thinking about flooring and walls and trim. But it’s a rare opportunity to see art actually hanging. It’s a punch to the eye… in a good way. And I love it. You can see it right as you’re walking up the stairs to the bedrooms:
The walls were repainted from a medium tan to a light gray that basically attracts light like One Direction attracts Twitter psycho fans*. I am forever happy that I chose to lighten these walls up (Gee, thanks, me! You really get me sometimes). For those wondering, the paint color is called White Dove (Benjamin Moore matched to Behr paint). And as of this weekend, I’ve finally finished the final coat on the walls.
On a recent trip to Hilton Head, I hit a gold mine (pun?) of a rock & mineral store. I spent a good hour in there at least, perusing all of the bins and cubbies that showcased geodes, agate slices, and the occasional carving. In other words, I geeked out a little. Then, I spotted this:
Jackpot. Four agate slices for only five bucks. The hot pink samples struck me right away, and I spent a good fifteen minutes picking and choosing the four that I wanted to take home. Pink isn’t normally a color I gravitate to, but I knew it would work with the pale walls and really pop. Also, I tend to get a little overly perfectionist with picking multiples of things. I wanted imperfect, but not broken. Similar sizes, but variation. Bright color, but a good balance of the unique attributes in each piece. That whole “random” look is ridiculously hard for me when I have this much to choose from. Eventually, I wrapped them up and left the store (after another three stops during the walk out to look at more stuff).
I picked out two different sizes of picture frames at Ikea about a month later. I’d completely forgotten how big the pieces were (shrug), so I wasn’t sure how much negative space I’d need in the rest of the frame for me to like the look. I knew whichever frame didn’t work out for this project, I’d use the other later, so no big deal if I got both. (But you should probably take the slices with you if you’re trying to get only one frame.)
When it came to assembly, eyeballing was the name of the game. I opened up the frame and cut out a piece of poster board to fit inside. Then I used a pencil to mark four equally spaced dots along the middle; they need to be very light since the agate slices are transparent. A small blob of plain glue kept each piece in place, but the slices are pretty securely wedged between the glass and back of the frame. Then I eyeballed the placement on the wall, placed a few nails, and used my iPhone app to check for level.
Easy. And lazy. And fabulous in pink. Insert your own joke here.
Charlie wasn’t very impressed with my new hallway art, but she was very interested in what I was doing with the tripod on the stairs. Those ears have their own zip code.
When looking at the wall from a wider angle, there is still plenty more space that needs to be filled in. I have a plan for the opposite wall and maybe something under the frame, but just like this project, it will take its own sweet time. For now, clean fresh walls + clean geek art = happy girl.
*Funny note: when Googling “crazy Twitter followers” for this post, the first search result was Amanda Bynes.