This inspiration picture was the most re-pinned from our Dining Room Walls Pinterest Board over the past few months and with good reason! It’s quick, easy and makes a big statement with a few small pieces of leftover wallpaper.
Since we had some gorgeous wallpaper leftover from a previous project and a wall that needed a little love we decided to make our own grouping of wallpaper art.
Here’s the step-by-step:
Time: less than an hour
Cost: about $50 (frames were $9.99 each) but you could repurpose old frames or find some at a secondhand store
- 4 frames (we used 9”x9” IKEA Ribba frames)
- wallpaper (try to stay away from anything with linear or geometric patterns that requires precise lining up)
- a large, thin piece of cardboard or poster board
- 1 Hang and Level
- 4 Déco Nails or small nails
- 8 Anchor Points
- utility knife
- cutting mat or large cutting board
- adhesive spray
This is what we did:
We varied from the inspiration photo in a few ways. It used four different sized frames, but we decided to use four identical shadowboxes that we already had. It also used four different wallpaper samples, but we decided to use the same wallpaper in all four frames and cut different parts of the pattern for each frame to keep things interesting.
You could also choose to mix up the frame colors and sizes or use matting or not — after all modification is the key to good DIY!
Before we started this project we had a few decisions to make. Glass or no glass? We decided to remove the glass to eliminate the glare. Should we place the image at the front or back of the shadowboxes? After some debate, we decided we liked the added interest the recessed images offered. Matting or no matting? Removing the matting left more space to show off our lovely wallpaper.
- Before we hung the first frame, we placed a vase filled with flowers on the table. By deciding what will be displayed on the table before hanging the pictures, we were able to get the height of the wall arrangement just right.
- See how the placement of the first frame is balanced with the table, chair and flowers? But we definitely need more.
- I asked my partner to hold up two more frames to check that I still liked the arrangement I had decided on and to confirm the distance between each frame.
- Everything looked good so we hung the next three frames, marking the spot for the nail and leveling with the Hang and Level as we went. We decided against measuring the spacing between each frame and opted for a more relaxed look.
To hang, we used one Déco Nail per frame and then immediately secured the bottom corners with Anchor Points (otherwise as soon as we hammered in the next nail the frames would wobble and we’d have to re-level each time.)
If you make a mistake along the way, don’t fret, your frame will likely cover the hole. If not, you may like to read our instructions on How to Patch a Hole.
This pretty, feminine look didn’t cost a fortune and the polka-dot carpet adds some punch to an otherwise quiet vignette. Just what this corner needed! As always, if this DIY inspires you to try your own, send us a picture! We’d love to see your creations!