This is the sixth in a series of posts about designing
and building the wall art for my living room.
Read the first post about how I got the idea here,
the second post about building the frame here,
the third post about buying the books here,
the fourth post about taking apart the books here,
and the fifth post about laying out and attaching the books here.
Yes, it’s DONE and I’m THRILLED with it!
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Hanging it on the Wall
I decided not to tempt fate and bought an art hanging kit that was rated to hold 100 pounds. Check your hardware store. I looked at the craft store, but they only carried 50-pound sets.
The kit comes with metal loops that get screwed into the back of the frame and wire to attach to the hooks.
After that, I attached some rubber bumpers to the corners and around the screws to keep it from scratching the wall.
The kit also came with two hooks that we nailed into the wall studs. I bought an extra hook because the piece was so big and I wanted to add one to distribute the weight.
Finally, the husband and I lifted it into place so the wire was resting on the hooks. It was almost too easy.
Ta-duh! Here it is hanging over the couch:
This piece is definitely unique to us and we are both really pleased with how it worked out. I’m pleased that I was able to take my hair-brained idea and actually make it work. The husband is pleased that we actually have something hanging on the wall above the couch. Win Win!
I’ll revisit this in a couple of weeks and let you know how it’s holding up along with some final thoughts about what I’ve learned. Thanks for following along!
That was such a great idea & it looks awesome!
Thanks! You need to come over for dinner sometime so you can see it in person!
Nat, this looks fantastic! You did such a great job.
That is just awesome! I love everything about it. Great job!
Neat idea! Love all of the books, so unexpected! Do the rubber dots also keep it in place? The frames on my gallery wall are always getting crooked. Maybe I should add those…
Sorry Pinterest was giving you issues. Did it resolve?
Thanks! I think the rubber dots contribute, but it’s pretty large so it’s going to hang the way it wants to. I think if you used them for smaller frames such as on the gallery wall, it probably could help!
Still haven’t been able to Pin your wreath! I sent the site an email with your link and they are looking into it.
Wow, that is very cool and unique!
That is SO cool! It would be amazing in an office or library . . . I love it!
Rachel @ Maybe Matilda
Thanks! I need an office or library in my house so I can make another one! I want to make more of these but I really only should have one in the living room 🙂
I absolutely love this. I would love to feature it on my blog, Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!
Thanks! I appreciate the feature and will watch out for it!
That’s beautiful!! Hubby and I write notes back and forth to each other and I’ve been trying to think of a way to craft and display them and this is a great idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Ooooh, that sounds really interesting! Share some pictures if you do this because I would LOVE to see it!
love. it. ! Great idea!
What a fun idea! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with some old kids books and think I just found my inspiration! Thank you!
Thanks! If you do something out of kids’ books, I’d love to see it! I’m doing something for my niece and nephew’s playroom out of kids’ books that’s slightly more durable than this.
Wow! That is amazing! I LOVE it!!!! I’m trying to file it into my long-term memory to do someday. 🙂
Thanks Allison! It wasn’t actually too bad! It’s definitely doable if you have a bit of space to put it together.
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Love this so much! Such perseverance you have and I can see why you love it…and a great story on your inspiration. Thanks so much for sharing
Thanks! I love that you like the story on the inspiration. I thought it was odd that I found the idea in a bar!
Wow this is incredible! I love the depth and texture you brought to the piece. This truly is art! I hope you will share this at my VIP party today =) http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/04/vip-party-11.html
Thanks for coming by to look! I’ll check out your party.
What a great idea!
Beautiful! I love the idea and am now imagining how I can put my own twist on it. Thanks for going through the whole process in such detail.
Thanks! I would love to see what you end up making! It took me a while to figure out how to put it together, so I figured I would save everyone else the time by posting all the steps!
This is gorgeous. I saw your link up at 30 Days (I believe) and that’s how I found your blog. Great job!
Thanks! I’m glad you like it!
this is really unique. my husband would love this in his study or in the living room. so great! thanks for posting. fooudn you on tatertots and jello.
Thanks! I would love to see what you come up with if you try it!
I’m loving this idea! I could imagine a kids version with well-loved picture books for their walls. Thank you for all the detailed posts!
Thanks! Yes, I’ve gotten quite a few comments on making a kids’ version! I’m going to be adapting this a bit to make some wall art for my niece and nephew’s play room sometime this summer. Stay tuned!
Love this so much!!! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for looking!
This is such a unique idea! I love it!!!!
Thanks Brandi! I hope you are doing well! I enjoy your blog posts 🙂
I am beyond in love with this project! So unique and beautiful! I am redoing my office/craft area and I a completely doing this project! I will give you all the credit Miss brilliant! Really, this is the most wonderful project I have seen in months!
Thanks! I’m so glad you like it! I can’t wait to see your interpretation on this! Be sure to send pictures and feel free to email me if you have any questions.
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