I’m finally back to share with you how I’m using that IKEA sideboard I purchased awhile back. I’m not one for watching much TV and have always had it tucked away in a cabinet but I decided I was tired of the look and needed something updated. After all, I’ve used the previous piece for 10 years so I think it was time for a change. The first thing I had hubby do was hang the TV on the wall, and next I needed to figure out a way to decorate around it.
Step #1: For me it was all about proportion, I didn’t want the TV to stand out like a sore thumb so I need to have a cohesive theme. I took my jumping off place from the casing around the TV and decided to mimic it with black frames filled with artwork.
Step #2: I didn’t want the wall to look cluttered or hodgepodge (don’t get me wrong there’s nothing wrong with that look, it’s just not what I was going for when decorating this wall). I wanted it to be something I could live with for a while so I chose to make the frames fit in a uniform fashion around the TV.
Step #3: Make sure and purchase all the frames you need at one time. I made the mistake of buying 2 at Hobby Lobby (it’s all they had in stock) only to find out they were a discontinued frame. Luckily hubby braved a horrible snowstorm and searched other HL’s for me until he found another 2 that matched. (What a good guy, right?) Those are the 4 frames I was using on either side of the TV. The 2 frames under the TV needed to be a bit smaller than the first 4 to fit into the plan so I searched my frame stash and found the perfect pair.
Step #4: Find artwork that fits your style and isn’t distracting. This is no time to use busy pieces if you actually want it to come off as an art gallery wall not just a bunch of random things place on a wall. I happened to have fallen in love with a particular artist and also downloaded free art to use in the frames. (I’ll be back later to tell you where to get the artwork and how to get it for free.)
Step #5: Come up with a plan for placement before hammering a bazillion holes in your wall. For me I used painter’s tape, placed the pieces on the floor, looked at the arrangement, finalized what I liked, took measurements, and then transferred it to the wall.
Then came adding pieced to the buffet to fit in with the natural artwork I had going. So back into my décor stash I went and grabbed glass, rocks, pottery, metal, and bloom stems to make it all complete. I’m rather happy with how it turned out and am glad I didn’t hate the TV mounted on the wall after all the work we did.
I have to tell you we watch TV so seldom in this room that when I took the TV out of the enclosed piece I noticed it still had the plastic on it from when we purchased it 6 years ago. That just goes to show you how often we watch the TV or I’m just a horrible housekeeper and never noticed it when I dusted.
I did forget how often a black piece needs to be dusted, it’s the reason I painted my black bar stools a lighter color. So I’m back to dusting the top surface of the buffet every day.