One of mine and my husband’s favorite sayings is “perfectly imperfect”. We use it for basically everything we make, hang or decorate around the house. I’d like to think that we say it as a way to remind ourselves that it’s the imperfections that make a home more unique. (Instead of a way to justify the flaws.) This saying ties directly into one of my favorite house projects, our entryway wall collage.
The best part of a wall collage is that it’s nearly impossible to make mistakes. You don’t have to worry about whether something is level or even bother measuring to make sure the pieces are evenly spaced. The only tools you need are a hammer and nails. (And maybe a stud finder.)
Step One: Choose a Wall
We chose the wall by our staircase. It’s is one of the first things people see when they enter our house. We wanted to fill the space with love and warmth so that people would feel welcomed as soon as they stepped inside.
Step Two: Plan The Layout
Before hanging anything on the wall, we laid everything out on the floor to kind of eyeball where each piece would go. It’s important to keep in mind that, even though you’re not measuring, the pieces you use should still look and feel balanced on the wall. You don’t want to overload one side with heavier or bulkier pieces.
Step Three: Hang Everything
After we decided where everything would go, it was time to start hanging. Something to keep in mind, when you choose the pieces for your collage, is to use pieces that are important to you. We used frames and pictures that we already had as well as some purchased items. We hung a picture from our wedding and the frame my sister made when she asked me to be her maid of honor. The “J” is a little more obvious as it’s the first initial of our last name but it’s also one of the first pieces we bought after we closed on our home.
Not only can a wall collage look great but it can be useful too. Hence, why one of the pieces we used was a clock. To make our collage even more functional, we plan on replacing the glass in the window frame with chicken wire and sticking some clothes pins on it to use for notes or reminders. We would also love to hang a rustic mailbox slot or sorter. That way we have a designated location for the mail other than the kitchen countertop.
So there you have it. A perfectly imperfect wall collage. Feel free to share pictures of your own collages!