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    Emily Malone

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Our House: The DIY Wall Hanging Project.

Let me tell you, our dogs have got it ROUGH.

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Honestly, I just don’t know where they come up with all the energy.

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I think it’s safe to say they have adjusted to their new home juuuuust fine.  :)

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We woke up this morning and did another long bike ride – 16+ miles this time!  Seriously, this biking thing is TOUGH!  My legs were killing and my BUTT, ohhhh my butt!  I need some of those padded butt protector shorts ASAP. 

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Me and my sore booty rode all the way to the Jefferson Memorial and back – hard to believe I ran that same route on Monday morning!

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After the ride, and a delicious breakfast, I got to work on my latest exciting home decorating project (who am I?).  Remember last week when I gave you all a tour of my living room and bathroom?  We had that big empty spot on the wall behind our couch!

Well after going to the art festival last weekend and realizing that original artwork costs a million dollars, I decided to get a little more creative.  I channeled my inner Young House Love and ended up realizing that we could try to MAKE something for a fraction of the price.  We found our inspiration (and supplies) at my latest obsession…

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I can WALK to this from my house – so dangerous!  I’ve already gone three times in two weeks – whoops!  So Sunday afternoon we moseyed in there looking for some table top trays, and ended up coming out with all the fixings for making our own fabulous works of art.  Don’t be scared – there were no paintbrushes involved, just staples.

They had an assortment of bolts of Marimekko fabric that were regularly $32 per yard on clearance for only $FOUR dollars a yard – criminal!  We picked up four yards total of two different patterns that we hoped would match the living room rug.

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We were working with a main color palate of burnt oranges and rustic blues.

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We also picked up twelve of these wood frame pieces that easily just fit together to form three 24’’ squares.  No screws or nails needed!

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Then I laid out all of my fabric on the floor to decide which pieces of it I wanted to use.

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I had a small heart attack when I left the room for a measuring tape, and came back in to find that my precious threads had become a dog bed…

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With Indy booted to the couch, I laid all three frames out on the floor to make final selections for placement.

We cut out each square so there was just enough to fold it around the frame and staple it tight.

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And then carefully stapled each side evenly – stripes made this project MUCH more difficult! 

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In the end – the backside was a frame covered in staples, and the front side was a work of art!

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All that was left was to decide where and how to hang it!

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I am the very lucky wife of a math genius, who knows how to measure and calculate everything so that all frames are perfectly level and evenly spaced.  It’s actually pretty impressive to watch!

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Final adjustments…

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DONE!!!  What do you guys think!?!

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I wish I had the world’s biggest lens so that I could really show you how well the fabric panels match the carpet – it ties the whole room together so well. 

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And the best part?  The entire project for all three pieces was FORTY SIX whopping dollars!  Seriously, what else can I cover in fabric? 

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Now with this big project completed, I can stop threatening to sing “A House is Not a Home” over and over to Casey, and we can go on living our lives and simply enjoy our pretty living space. 

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And with that, I’m off to clean the rest of our living space to prepare for two very special guests arriving tomorrow!  Exciting stuff!

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Maissa (Run, Rant, Realize)     at 10:02 pm

I love it! It looks great. So creative too.

Your dogs are adorable, I don’t know how you stand their constant cuteness. I think I’d just devolve into baby-talk all the time…


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

There is a good amount of baby talk – not gonna lie.


Heather (Heather's Dish)     at 10:03 pm

this is seriously awesome…super simple and i’ve been looking for a way to make really great inexpensive wall art! i love it!


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul     at 10:03 pm

Having a Crate & Barrel that close is truly dangerous!

What kind of bike do you have? I’m considering buying one.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

It’s the Specialized Globe model. Since you are there, I got it at Montgomery Cyclery and they were VERY helpful!


Babs     at 10:07 pm

i love the simplicity of the idea :) and it turned out amazing.


Julie @ Willow Bird Baking     at 10:08 pm

Verrry cute and creative!!


Gabi     at 10:09 pm

Wow, that turned out so well! What did you do with the pretty flower one?


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Originally I was going to put that one in the middle, but it ended up being too harsh with the rest of the colors. I saved it and am going to go buy more frames and hang it somewhere else. :)


Dynamics     at 10:14 pm

Beautiful! That is a fantastic idea.


Stephanie @ Single in the City     at 10:24 pm

I *love* it!!! That’s my kind of project! I have posted a couple of pics of my creativeness spilling onto canvas on my blog. This just gets those creative juices flowing some more!


Elizabeth     at 10:26 pm

That looks beautiful! I love the colors!


maria @ Chasing the Now     at 10:32 pm

I love it! It’s a great idea and though it took a little work, much cheaper than buying something similar. Plus, you can be proud when you tell others “Oh yeah, that… I did it myself!”


Ashley R.     at 10:44 pm

I love the colors. It goes really well with the rest of the room. So simple and cheap. Great idea!


Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)     at 10:44 pm

Looks great Emily! I love decorating with my husband, but when we hang pictures…that are quite a few choice words spoken.


Jen     at 10:49 pm

I want some padded but shorts, too! There is a bike shop near my place, I’ll check the hours– maybe a pre-dinner shopping trip is in order!


Tara (Food for Fuel)     at 10:55 pm

Awesome idea! It looks great!


Estela @ Weekly Bite     at 11:00 pm

What a great idea! I heart the Crate & Barrel Outlet! I get my dishes at that same store all the time :)


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Alice     at 11:00 pm

Where did you get you couch? I love it!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

The couch is from the C&B outlet too! :)


kathleen     at 11:04 pm

Looks awesome. I have to drive 1.5 hours to get to the nearest Crate and Barrel outlet, having worked in a regular Crate and Barrel store while in college…the distance is a very good thing. My whole paycheck was spent before I got it. I love that your pup laid on the fabric, mine literally runs for piles of clean laundry… the innocence on his face while doing it makes me melt every time.


Marie     at 11:31 pm

Freakin’ genius!!! It looks so awesome; never in a million years would I have thought to do that! I love the colors and everything!


Lisa (bakebikeblog)     at 12:21 am

What a wonderful idea! I love it! And it has given me some inspiration for when we move into our new place – thanks!


suki @ [Super Duper Fantastic]     at 1:36 am

What a great idea! :) I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my walls, and it’s been over half a year…


Nathalie     at 4:36 am

Your dogs are adorable! Haha, love Indy ON your wall art…he looks sooo innocent ;-) We don’t keep cushions and fancy blankets in our living area anymore, ’cause the puppies just take over (uhm, yeah, they are not really puppies anymore…) :-)
Love your wall art! What a clever idea! You should send the pics to Young House Love- they’d love it! I have a slight obsession with YHL…they are so creative and seem to be such a cute familiy.


Jessica     at 5:35 am

Ohh wow that looks AMAZING! what an awesome idea!!


Marika     at 5:42 am

Gotta love Marimekko! I have a soft spot for all things Finnish since my boyfriend is a Finn :-).


Emily     at 5:54 am

That looks awesome! I can’t believe you rode 16 miles with out padded shorts! I can’t even make it down the street without them!


Kimberley     at 6:17 am

Your art looks fabulous!

I finally caved and had to get the padded shorts – those long rides are murder on the butt/lady bits! The first time I wore them my husband, in all seriousness, said “you should just stop somewhere if you have to pee. You don’t need to wear Depends”. I think I may have bought a size too large because I do look like I am rocking the adult diaper. :)


Laura Reply:

My husband has some padded bike shorts and we call them his “diaper pants”! haha I’m glad to know we aren’t the only couple who thinks they add a Depends look to the derrière. ;-)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Haha too funny!


Lauren     at 6:58 am

I LOVE this! You are so domestic in your new home! :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 7:10 am

I LOVE the artwork! I think that’s a great idea – my space behind the couch has been bare for ummm 3 months.


Julie @SavvyEats     at 7:15 am

I like it!

And, seriously. Invest in some bike shorts ASAP. Your butt and legs will thank you! Nashbar.com and performancebike.com have some decent shorts for a low price.


Nienke at Revel     at 7:32 am

Oh my gosh I love it!! It looks perfect in that space.

Look at you all nesting and stuff, eh :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Uh oh, am I nesting? Scary! :)


Therese     at 7:48 am

Wow! It’s awesome! And gives me fuel for my “create-your-own-headboard” fire I’ve been experiencing!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I have also considered the custom headboard. Someday…


WithaSideofHope     at 7:52 am

I love this! This is such a unique idea! I am always looking for bargain ways to decorate my house and make it look cute and this is a great way to do it! Your sofa looks so comfy!! :) Love your house so far!


Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)     at 8:00 am

I love it! I think it goes great in the room :)



Beth     at 8:05 am

What a creative idea! It looks fantastic!

And welcome to DC :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thank you!


Anna     at 8:20 am

great minds think alike- I actually have a Marimekko wall hanging in my bedroom at home. I was obsessed with Marimekko in high school and insisted on getting this giant 4 x 4 foot piece of fabric and putting it together with the stretchers myself… I was quite proud! Yours look great. I love the arrangement of 3.


kelly     at 8:24 am

It really warms the place up!! :)


Jen     at 8:29 am

Emily, HOW are you biking without padded butt shorts? Seriously, how?! Girl, go get some stat. I have a funny story that’s not blog appropriate about what happened when I biked without padded bike shorts :)

And could the furballs be any cuter? Don’t think so.


Natalie @ simply fit. simply clean.     at 8:30 am

Beautiful! What a great idea. They add such a nice pop of color.


Tina     at 8:37 am

I love it!!!!


Cindy     at 8:52 am

Looks great! You have a good eye :) Nice to meet you, I just found you this week, can’t wait to read more! Keep it up!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Welcome to the blog – so glad you found it!


Stacey     at 8:54 am

I LOVE it!!! That’s so creative :D You have now given me ideas on how to decorate my space for a cheap price! And I never realized just how big your couch was until you took a pic of Casey standing on it, lol. Oh, and I don’t have padded biking shorts yet either, ahhhhh…my butt feels for you ;)


Leslie     at 8:59 am

It looks amazing! So creative! You are a machine!

Can you come to my apartment and make something pretty for our walls?? Please?!


Heather @ Side of Sneakers     at 9:22 am

Ahh I LOVE it!!! And Crate and Barrel OUTLET store? So jealous.


R @ Learning As I Chop     at 9:23 am

That looks terrific!!


Lindsay     at 9:48 am

Love, love it!!! Looks so good.

I don’t have bike shorts – but I do have tri shorts. They are a nice happy medium – not quite as much padding, but way more comfy then no padding at all.


stephanie     at 9:52 am

LOVE the artwork! We’ve been trying to figure out for over a year what to hang over our bed and that is a fabulous idea… I just may have to steal it. :-)


Cary     at 9:56 am

Love it! Definitely reminiscent of the “unpaintings” Crate uses in their decor (I used to work there, too!) I make those every December with Marrimekko holiday fabric for Christmas decorating.


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

SUCH a fun place to work.


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats     at 9:59 am

This looks awesome!


Chicago Cuisine Critique     at 10:16 am

It looks great! Awesome job.


Sherry @ Young House Love     at 10:16 am

Love it so much! Not only does Burger seriously want to schmooze with your pooches, we’re all loving your gorgeous triple delicious DIY art. Thanks for sending the link our way!

s (& j)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Thank YOU for the inspiration! :)


Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well     at 10:20 am

Looks gorgeous! And, your husband MUST be a math genius — we struggle HARDCORE when it comes to hanging stuff. I swear everything on our walls is covering up one or two extra little nail holes!


Corey - The Runner's Cookie     at 10:22 am

Gorgeous & creative! I love fun house projects that allow for quality bonding time and turn into something that can be enjoyed every day :)


Whitney     at 10:47 am

I love, love, love it!!!! Once I’m through moving every year, I’d like to try out different projects like that. You learn to appreciate the artwork way more when you make it yourself versus just buying it at a generic store.


Gwen     at 11:04 am

AWESOME project! Your Old Town house is soo cute!


LeanneRBF     at 11:10 am

That is such a fantastic idea! It looks STUNNING!
I may steal that idea in the near future hehe!


AllieNic (Frisky Lemon)     at 11:25 am

I love your dogs!They look so comfy on the couch…

Your wall hanging project is such a great idea! I love that you did it yourself– it looks like something you could buy at some over priced home store!


Ashley     at 11:43 am

OMG!! I’ve seen this trick so many times and it looks just SO fabulous. I totally have wanted to do it to spruce up our bedroom. It’s just so blah! Might take me a few more weeks though ;) LOVE the stripes + colors.


Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 11:54 am

oh my gosh- you’re so creative!! Love the final look- beautiful!


LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils     at 12:04 pm

I’m glad you stuck with the stripes – that extra pattern would have been too much I think. Great work!

also, could not stop thinking, “…that rug really tied the room together…”


Erika     at 12:05 pm

Great idea! I’ve been looking for something to put over our bed – maybe I need to start looking at fabric.


jamie @ jamelafamela     at 12:09 pm

that looks so great! good job :)


Donna     at 12:14 pm

It looks amazing! You could also pull some of the colors out of the artwork and make or purchase throw pillows for the sofa. Great job.


ilana     at 12:24 pm

Emily, you might have a hidden designer in you! That looks fabulous, and so creative! :) I have to get out to the C and B outlet–stat!


Stacy     at 12:27 pm

Love love love the wall art! It definitely ties in beautifully with the rug. I thought my Abby girl had it rough, she sleeps all day while we are at work, and constant love and attention when we get home. Oh, to have the worries of a dog ;)
I noticed that you have some candles over the fireplace, pretty fall colors there would look pretty great too. Just a suggestion :)


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Must go buy pumpkin candles now! :)


Jenny     at 12:36 pm

Hi! I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now (i think i found it when you were saying your goodbyes to other blogger pals)

Just wanted to say that those wall hangings look amazing and I seriously might steal your idea. I’ve got a huge wall and a room that needs some color, this looks like a fun DIY project!

Also, I assume you’re still enjoying your bike? I read your post from when you bought it, do you know if it is considered a “hybrid”?


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

I love riding my bike! It is a hybrid, and my husband has more of a road bike.


Amber K     at 12:38 pm

It looks so good!

My husband is the same way, I love watching him in action. :)


Laurab @ foodsnobstl     at 12:43 pm

What a wonderful idea! Thanks for some inspiration.


Tracey     at 12:44 pm

I had to laugh when I saw your dog laying on the fabric. If I put any type of material on the floor my dog always makes a nest out of it. When I come back and find him he gives me a look like, “What, you didn’t put this here for me?”.

Dogs are so fun!


Jen     at 1:08 pm

1. I agree, I think it looks great. I’m going to have to steal this idea.

2. Yes, you definitely need the padded bike shorts. Makes a world of difference!


Kelly     at 1:29 pm

AWESOME!!! You are inspiring me to do something similar. We just remodeled our family room and currently the walls are bare. I’m going to go look at Kirkland’s to see if I can find something cheap. Although I’m really liking what you did with the fabric. Hope you don’t mind if I borrow the idea.


Meg     at 1:33 pm

Guess I’ll be visiting the C&B outlet this weekend–your wall looks fantastic!


Dee     at 1:40 pm

I love it!


Carin     at 2:04 pm

Great pix of your dogs! And btw: Padded bike shorts are the best. I got a pair this summer. That, plus a gel seat, makes biking much easier on the butt!


Runeatrepeat     at 2:16 pm

I wish we lived that close to DC when we were out there! I love that path.


Michael Lynton     at 2:29 pm

My wife just sent me your post. A-mazing. It looks awesome.

Did the frames come from Crate & Barrel also?


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Yep, all from the outlet!


alison     at 2:57 pm

What a great idea! Your art work is just beautiful.


Ana     at 3:15 pm

The fabric panels are AWESOME, I love it!!!


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 3:30 pm

i love it! i have a blank wall i need to do something with. we considered moving but now that we aren’t, i can spend some cash on decorating what we have! so much cheaper :)


Chase @ The Chase Project     at 4:12 pm

My boyfriend is many things, but a math genius he is not. You should see our wall hangings =/ But yes, padded bike shorts are a MUST! Invest in a good pair and they’ll last years. Pearl Izumi are great. I spin multiple times a week and have a pair that are 5 years old and not showing a lick of wear.


Stacey (The Habit of Healthy)     at 5:05 pm

Wow, what a great idea. So simple but really effective!


Neen@ Broad Bean to Runner Bean     at 5:45 pm

Ah fab!! you clever girl! what a really fab idea, you would never know to look at it either, you’d think you’d bought it somewhere real nice!


Brittney     at 6:05 pm

Ah, nice work girl! Can I hire you guys to design and make art work for all the rooms in my house??


Kimberly     at 7:02 pm

That looks amazing! Good job!


Jillian@ Reshape Your Life     at 7:04 pm

That is such an awesome idea! It looks awesome!

And I can’t get over how cute your dogs are!


Anne     at 7:16 pm

LOVE it!!
The dogs crack me up – they are tooooooo cute!


brandalyn     at 7:24 pm

Your so creative! Just a thought…the rest roses that you originaly had in the middle frame would be a great pop of color!


Annie@stronghealthyfit     at 8:02 pm

Love iT!!! I’m so stealing that idea ;-)


Emilee     at 9:48 pm

I love your creation! Great idea! May I make one tiny recomendation. I’m a crazy designer lady, and I just thought that if you changed the one in the middle out (and flipped it upside down) with the one with purple in it,the golden colors would be more balanced on each side.

I hope you don’t mind me voicing my opinion. I love your blog!


Emily @ The Front Burner Blog Reply:

Don’t mind at all! I’ve played with moving them around a few times. Can’t seem to settle on one final arrangement!


Annie     at 9:56 pm

Beautiful project! It really makes the room bright and happy!


Lee     at 10:18 pm

The Younghouselovers would be proud. It looks great.


Liz @ Blog is the New Black     at 11:11 pm

I think your wall art looks awesome!!!


Heather     at 9:04 pm

awesome job! I am SO not creative and would have screwed it up!


beetred     at 10:01 pm

Ahh what a great idea. I have the same large space over our couch and I can’t figure out what I want to do with it. Looks awesome!


Hannah @ A Dash of Drivel     at 11:25 am

What a great idea! I’m so jealous you have a Crate and Barrel store so close by…


C.K.     at 6:15 am

It Looks Great And I Love Your Sofa !!!


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