In natural order, here are the "before" shots.
And a teaser "after" so you might be tempted to read my long-winded recount of what's happened:
I live in a typical track home in the Phoenix 'burbs. Stucco home with no character. It seems like the builders were trying to add bits of character with the flat arches and plant ledges, but I feel that those were failed attempts. I guess I can live with the plant ledges, but I couldn't stand the flat arches.
Then I pinned this, never thinking anything would come of it.
My description says, "I want to get rid of the arches and trim the hallway out like this".
Let me repeat... I NEVER thought anything would come of it.
And then something did! I asked my step-dad (a contractor, who's built many-a-houses) how arches were typically installed. Then I got up the courage to test the waters on the arch in the master bedroom (that way, if I messed up, no one would notice ;-))
Here's a before/after
When that worked out, I was ready to tackle all FIVE of the archways in the living room. Seriously. Scroll back up and count if you don't believe me.
But there was a problem. The "window" arch (or "pass through" as my step-dad kept calling it) was framed up all the way to the ceiling. That would mean that, if I wanted to leave the wall there, I'd probably have to leave the arch or go through a ton of effort to reframe a square pass through.
Well, I wanted to get rid of the whole wall, anyway...
Why not take that part down now? (couldn't take the rest until I'm ready to renovate the kitchen).
Here's the other side.
Then I pinned this
My description says, "I wonder if this little detail would look cool at the back of the plant ledge..? Just a little added texture..."
I think it does :-)
And, finally, there's this...
"I need something above my sofa!!!!"
My regulars know that I kinda did a botched job (meant to get two 11x14s instead of the 8x10s on the right - and still haven't fixed it - to fill up the space a little better), and that I plan on adding lighting like in my pinspiration photo eventually. Maybe that'll be my Fall Pinterest Challenge ;-)
(here's an updated version of the gallery wall)
As excited as I am to share all of this with you, I'm more excited to see what everyone else has created! So thank you for stopping by, but I must step away and drool over countless other blog posts. I'm sure you can see yourself out.