Saturday, August 14, 2010

Birds of a Feather...Look Great On A Wall!

The living room wall art grouping is finished!  Some of you asked how we were planning on hanging them, so they would be level, straight and perfect.  So here is a Step By Step on how we did it.

You all ready know that I laid out the design on the floor first.
Then, Mr Comforts of Home (who is an engineer) did the calculations.
I dislike math...it gives me a head ache.  Thankfully, Mr. Comforts of Home loves figuring these things out.

Next, he got his laser level out.  See the red laser line on the wall?

Then he started marking the nail spots based on his figures.  Then he started, by hanging the top row all the way across.


Then the second row from the top, all the way across.
Finally we moved the TV back into place and then we hung the pictures on the two sides of the TV.  Here is is all finished.

I wanted to remind you of how this room started out, almost one year ago.  We closed on this house Aug. 28, 2009.  This is how it looked then.
The next picture is how it looked yesterday before we added the vintage bird prints.

An now, another shot of how it looks today.

Another view from the great room.

I like the way the vintage botanical prints in the great room look good with the vintage bird prints in the living room.

Now, the cost.  I bought the frames (18 total) from Michael's.  They were 50% off.  They included a mat. I paid $4.99 each.  Total cost of frames including tax $96.00.  The vintage prints came out of a vintage Audubon book I got on EBay.  It paid about $12.00 for it.  It has over 400 bird prints.  So basically the prints cost about 22 cents each.  So for about $100, I have a beautiful art wall.

The TV doesn't really disappear...but it does blend in a little now.  Besides, now when commercials are on, I have something pretty to look at!
This post was originally written by Penny Carlson and she blogs at The Comforts of Home.blogspot.  She can also be found on Facebook at penny.carlson.10.
 
Welcome Home,
Penny

59 comments:

  1. Penny, that looks so good. I love all those framed prints hanging like that. Now I need to shop ebay and find a book to get pictures from. They are so expensive in the flea markets. What a deal you got.

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  2. It's just beautiful, Penny. I love the view from all angles.

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  3. Penny, I love the end result. You really have found a way to make a television less obtrusive without closing it in something. I have never been a fan of how the bigger tvs look. In my bedroom I finally got new furniture and insisted on an armoire to put that one in-problem solved there. But my living room tv is even bigger and I have been trying to figure out what to do with that. Thank you for a great idea for not alot of money.

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  4. Very nice! Wonderful job of lining them up!

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  5. Penny, this wall of prints looks terrific. Well, actually the entire room is terrific. I love the cheerful yellow walls and the shape of the room. It looks beautiful for any perspective. ~ Sarah

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  6. Hi Penny,
    Your family room looks wonderful! and the bird photos are the perfect touch. We use the laser light level too, the best tool ever.You have been working so hard on your home and it looks so beautiful!I still have a few empty walls, I not sure what to do with them yet..
    Have a sweet day, big hugs~Elizbeth

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  7. Penny~~~

    The prints and wall look just fabulous. I think Mr. COF did a marvelous job and you were quite ingenious, too using frames from Michael's and a book. Great idea.

    I have some potted palms around the TV. Doesn't hide it either but makes it more subdued.

    Happy Weekend! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  8. Looks VERY nice, and I too am married to an engineer who works algebraic equations when hanging things on the wall. Boggles my tiny brain to do math.

    Di

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  9. Looks VERY nice, and I too am married to an engineer who works algebraic equations when hanging things on the wall. Boggles my tiny brain to do math.

    Di

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  10. Oh my goodness! That turned out beautiful Penny! You had a vision and it came out just perfectly.

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  11. Wow! It looks beautiful and at a bargain price. They really look great framed don't they? Of course, having an engineer around to help hang them helps:>) Math makes my head hurt too!

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  12. Wow, great job getting those straight! They look awesome!

    Nancy

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  13. I absolutely love this...it gives me a headache just thinking about hanging it though...just a thought...could you rent him out occasionally? :-) Your home is beautiful!!!

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  14. Just beautiful Penny. It really transforms that wall. Love it! It's nice that you have an engineer handy too!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  15. I love what you did with the bird prints! Thanks for sharing them with us and for telling us how you hung them so perfectly. They just 'make' your room! Is Mr. Comforts available to borrow?
    ~Adrienne~

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  16. Hi Penny
    Though I admit to being a little sad at splitting the book of bird prints up (or did you copy them?) The end product does look fabulous.
    Your great room really is GREAT!
    Best wishes
    RoseH

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  17. It looks beautiful and makes the room seem bigger and yet cozier all at the same time! Love it!
    Great job!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

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  18. ITs beautiful! I just love how you decorate.

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  19. So very pretty. I especially like the view where you can see the botanical prints too.

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  20. Wow Penny! So pretty!! I love the room with everything you did after I inspected your pic from one year ago! Wow again. I think your bird art grouping looks so professional and fills the space so elegantly an yet the room still has a happy vibe. Nice job!

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  21. it looks BRILLIANT Penny! i would've been so lost trying to work out where to place them, yay for Mr Comforts of Home!!!

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  22. Great job Penny and Mr. CoH. I know what you mean about the math of such an undertaking giving you a headache and many holes to patch if your math is a teeny bit flawed.

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  23. I LOVE your wall of bird prints!!! WOW!! ..and for a great price, too. Perfectly perfect!!

    Tell Mr. COH GREAT JOB!!! Those lasers are amazing to have around!

    hugs,
    becky

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  24. So, am I the only one who sees the mosaic aspect of your wall? Funny you should post this, I've been considering doing a wall of photos... maybe I'll look for a book instead.

    Pleasant weekend!

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  25. The room looks magnificent. I really like the cheery yellow walls and the bird prints are perfect! I think looking from the great room brings everything together so nicely. Thank you for the lesson on hanging the pictures. Since there is no engineer in this house I will probably go without a wall grouping. Why is picture hanging so intimidating!?! Your room looks spectacular.

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  26. Penny the prints look wonderful. Thank goodness for husbands that like working things out.
    Alison

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  27. What a beautiful home! The prints turned out great..

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  28. Amazing Penny! I am very inspired to try it. Thanks for the post!

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  29. Thanks, that is not only beautiful and inspiring, but a great tutorial on how to plan and then hang prints on the wall (especially having the Mr. do the math and the holes, I do the same)

    I am visiting from the recommendation at Maison Decor who nominated you for a lovely blog. Lovely room too. The prints look great.

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  30. Fabulous! Love those botanical prints and the way you framed your tv...almost makes it disappear! Gorgeous room from all angles!

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  31. WOW Penny, the prints look awesome. I had to laugh about the way they were hung. They are perfect. My hubby would have done them mathematically too of course. It works. Big smile. I really love how it looks. Warmth instantly. Well, probably much more than instantly. I think hours. Smile.

    Nice idea with a great reward.
    Hugs, Jeanne

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  32. I'm trying to figure out what I'd have to use for a bribe to get DH to hang that many photo's for me.

    You room is stunning, as are all your rooms. Love the before and after shots.

    Darla

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  33. I love how that looks! I want to do something similar but with vegetables in my dining room. I can't think of what to use for the search? Any ideas? I did vintage vegetable prints and vintage books was just too many to go through!

    Math gives me a headache too! Mr. Comforts did a fabulous job in figuring it all out (looks complicated)!

    It looks beautiful - you two are a good team!

    Manuela

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  34. That looks wonderful Penny! I need to find a botanical or bird now too!;) Sooo pretty!

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  35. They look just gorgeous Penney!
    I love those prints and you were such a smart cookie to find them and put them to such lovely use!
    That room is gorgeous!
    And I had to chuckle, that is just how my hubby, the building construction teacher thinks.
    He loves math too. Me, not at all!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  36. Hi Penny
    The pictures look wonderful on that wall and you did such a great job of hanging them too. I usually use the "eyeball" method but with that many pictures I don't think I would!
    Hugs, Rhondi

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  37. Penny, that wall and room looks spectacular! What a wonderful difference-great job to you and Mr. Comfort's of Home. Oh and guess what Math makes my brain hurt too-LOL!!!

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  38. What a perfect touch for your beautiful room! So much prettier than trying to do a couple of large paintings! Kudos to hubby! Hugs to you! ♥♥♥

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  39. Your wall looks fabulous Penny and what a bargain to boot!
    Hugs,
    Cathie

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  40. I love all these pictures surrounding your tv. I was thinking of doing the same thing and wondered how weird it would be to leave space in the grouping for the tv. But it works!

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  41. WOW! That is stunning, Penny.

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  42. Penny, your bird prints look gorgeous!

    Hugs,
    Donna

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  43. Penny - you know what a bird lover I am! Those bird prints are just wonderful - I love how you decorated w/ them! Just plain spectacular!!
    Hugs,
    Shelley

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  44. Oh thank you for directing me here. Yes, I missed it completely and here I was waiting for it. Ha! That's so me, actually.

    What a brilliant method you have...a handy hubby who enjoys the math.

    It looks amazing and does help the tv fade into the background.

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  45. Hi Penny, the bird prints are so beautiful. Hubby did a great job. Your family room wall looks great. The view from the other room is also lovely. sandi

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  46. I have to pick my chin up off of my keyboard! Wow what a difference a year makes, and I cannot believe it has been a year already! I absolutely love the prints on the wall and my applause to hubby on the arrangement. I love seeing math in action (even if it does not like me and vice-versa)!

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  47. Penny the wall looks great! I would have had 87 holes in the wall to patch before I got them up, good work Mr. Comforts !

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  48. I knew that engineer of yours would come through. We are lucky to have them! The wall looks perfect. Enjoy your company. We have company too.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  49. Love it, and hung so perfect

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  50. I absolutely love this room. Just looking at the picture of your husband's calculations makes me anxious -- looks like a bad dream of mine from high school, haha. Not a fan of all that math, but the end result is simply marvelous!!

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  51. I love, love, love what you have done!! The bird prints are wonderful.

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  52. Your bird prints are beautiful on that happy Belgian Waffle wall. Good job.

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  53. Penny, it looks awesome. You two make a great team.

    I hope you are enjoying your company.

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  54. The pictures are beautiful! Being the bird lover that I am, I just love the bird prints!

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  55. What a transformation! I love how light and cheery this room is now. What a great inspiration you are. Hugs, Pearl

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  56. The room looks absolutely gorgeous and I love the prints! Wow, your husband is good at that!

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  57. omg! did you use the same book? I love that you did the entire wall. if i had seen this post, i probably would have done them all over my family room wall like that, instead of in the living room. i LOVE it :) I'm so glad you commented on mine and linked me back!

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  58. So you have 2 blogs? I'm impressed. Love this post. If I'm not already a follower, I am going to follow now (for some reason, I can't see followers on my blog - something happened about 3 months ago and I can't see them anymore.). Linda

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