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Monday, November 22, 2010

DIY Living Room Wall Inspired By Albert Hadley

I have an expansive wall in my living room that has always bothered me.  On the left side of the wall is an upright piano- it's a visually heavy piece, but it is so large that I would not want to center it on the wall, because it would create an awkward seating arrangement.  Since it's such a heavy piece, a tall secretary or other piece of furniture with height would just be too much along that wall.  So I used art and sconces to add height without too much heaviness.  I have tried so many different arrangements, but none have really left me satisfied.


I fell in love with Albert Hadley sitting room that I saw on Habitually Chic the other week.  Specifically, his use of moulding to create height, depth, and visual interest on this (beige) wall inspired me.  I am not a designer, and I have never used moulding before, but I was determined to recreate this idea in my living room.

So I cleared my furniture away from the wall and started measuring.  I had to work with the piano in terms of measuring, knowing that the moulding "box" would need to be in the center of the room and not overlap with the piano at all. 

 I would need to fit two slipper chairs and the white faux bamboo table within the moulding box.To be centered in the room and 6-inches from the existing moulding, the box would need to be 98-inches across and 78-inches tall.


My husband, baby boy, and I went to Lowe's early Saturday morning to buy the moulding.  I just went with simple thin moulding- my sweet husband spent at least an hour cutting the moulding to size with the dull communal saw and mitre box. 

He was so sweet and patiently helped me hang all the moulding in accordance with my pencil marks all over the walls. 

The box is up!  Now to paint...

I had some white trim paint leftover from a previous project, so I used it to paint the moulding and cover the little nails used to affix the moulding to the wall.

After the white moulding paint dried, I started on the inside.  I used Sherwin Williams Open Air, which I had used on my dining room ceiling (it adjoins the living room).

The painting is complete!  Now the fun part- removing the tape...

 It turned out just as I hoped, adding height and interest to the expansive beige wall.

I then added art above each slipper chair.

And some sconces I scored the other week.

Almost there...

Cheetah throw pillows (hard to see the pattern in these pictures) were the final touch.

I am happy with the result!  And this is absolutely something you can do in your home- the key is careful measuring.  But it really is an easy one-weekend project!

Before and after!  Doesn't the ceiling seem higher?!

17 comments:

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Wow Mos Charlotte! This is one of my favorite DIY projects of all time! This room was already gorgeous in my opinion, but this adds such a fun fresh touch to the room. I honestly don't know how you make these things look so easy! You are so creative. This looks amazing and when I have a house (fingers crossed) one day I hope to try this myself...love it!

Danielle@Fresh Quince said...

Another WOW! You did a super fantastic job! Yes the room was great to begin with, but that made it incredible! I am seriously impressed!!!! The color scheme reminds me of my bedroom...creamy nuetrals!

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

Love that idea! And you did a fabulous job...I may have to try it here in Nashville! I have a very similar living room... Take care, Caroline

Yuppie Lady said...

That looks great. See what a little inspiration and paint can do...great job!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

That looks fantastic. It's amazing what a little moulding and paint can do to enhance a small area.

CLTGal said...

Love it!

Evie said...

Its fantastic! About how much does the molding cost?

Betsy said...

Absolutely amazing project. So impressive and professional!!

Julie said...

It turned out so well! I'm really impressed at how great it looks (not that I had any doubt at all). Love it!

CASABrasi said...

So cool! I love it!

Design Elements said...

b e a u t i f u l !

Brianna said...

it looks beautiful, what a great idea!!! I would love to something like this in my living room but since we will be selling it in a year, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to do =(

Carpe Diem said...

What a difference. It really ties the space together so well. I love the blue you chose.

Lauren said...

soooo pretty!! love it!!!

traci zeller designs said...

Another WOW from me! That made a huge difference in the room - it looks fantastic!!

Chris Lee said...

What a HUGE difference! The sitting area looks absolutely gorgeous now! Love it! =)

Donna said...

Very nice and neat work. Instead of photographs you can also try vinyl wall art.

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