It's been a little over 15 months since we moved into our new house. In the past I've hung nearly everything I own on the walls, but after 16 years in the last house and having had to apply a lot of spackle before we left, I have been very reluctant to put nails in these fresh new walls. Very reluctant.
In our upstairs hallway, on a wall that never saw sunshine, I had hung oh, I don't know, 25? framed pictures of our family. The brilliant Colorado sunshine blesses us over 325 days of the year, so I am very careful of what I hang on walls that get that bright light.
It was a gallery look and everybody loved it. But by the time we moved and had filled every hole with spackle, that wall looked like it had a case of albino measles and I felt kind of bad about that. (although the new owners wasted no time repainting the entire house, so I didn't feel bad for long)
Here at the new place I did finally hang the kids on the wall, all 15 of them (that's 3 born to us, 3 who married in, and 9 grandchildren) in one frame. Minimalistic, you could say. I am liking the simpler look. (note: one more grandchild is expected to be born early next year!)
But the other day I decided they were just kinda floating in space, unattached and lacking in style, or something.
My friend Loraine introduced me to the idea of these self-adhesive wall stencils. She said one of her daughters had used them and they were great. Unhappily, they live entirely too faraway from us, so I was not able to get a personal demonstration of how these stencils work.
Loraine suggested I might like to use these adhesive stencils. They aren't expensive and can even be removed with the help of a hair dryer if I decide I don't like it.
I finally got brave last December and bought a stencil to use in our hallway above a coat rack. This was my first experience with the new method.
Kathy and Friends redecorated one of the Bible study rooms at our previous church, using these same kind of stencils. I love the clean lines and scriptural messages so easily applied to the walls.
I found this stencil at Michaels (but you can also find them at Target, and probably JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby). This one cost me something like $15. They are not hard to apply. Just read the directions carefully and be sure to grab a level from your hubby's workshop, and some masking tape.
In a matter of minutes, the project was complete and if I do say so myself, the kids look better for the effort!
I have one more tip, that may sound kind of silly, but it worked well for me:
If you're into taking "before" and "after" pictures, like I am, one way to make sure your camera distance is the same for both pictures is to take your "before" photo, then step out of your shoes leaving them exactly where they were when you took the picture. When you come back later to take the "after" shot, just step back into your shoes and voila'!
Well, it's close to the same! (smile)