And I fell in love.
Everyday I visited her site, found the blog post of the diy wall and enjoyed the view, all the while imagining my living room blue wall being covered with photos.
About a week later Jeff and I were talking while I was surfing the web and I purposefully visited A Beautiful Mess and showed Jeff the diy wall.
Then I asked him if it would be alright if we did that to the blue wall in the living room.
I held my breath.
And he said yes.
For the next several months I formulated a plan of how I would go about doing this. I knew I couldn't afford 'wallpaper' like Elsie had done. We didn't have connections to have printed the photos for cheap.
When my daughter Ashley came home for a couple months we continued talking about the wall and I began hunting through my photos.
I knew I would use 4 x 4 pictures with a thin white border. After going through my photoshop elements actions I decided on a 'colorized' action from the Pioneer Woman that she had offered free when she still had her photography blog.
I would need over 900 photos to cover the entire wall.
I got started uploading photos to Walgreens, finding a great deal on prints, and having the beginning photos printed.
Then my sister Paula visited for one day.
Between my sister, my daughter, and I we came up with a more feasible dIY.
Then I became super excited. This wall was going to make a statement. Huge impact!
And I look at it all the time. Giddy doesn't come close to how I feel about this wall. Ecstatic. Energized. Proud.
Jeff 'built' the 4' x 8' frame, painted the molding to match the other walls in the room; Ashley and I put up the 240+ photos.
My grandson Ian, especially likes to walk by pointing out everyone calling out their names.
I love this diy project. It is one of my favorites.