Hey, friends! Somehow the living room became a focus for us. I’m not sure when that happened as it wasn’t a project that was really on my radar. And then, all of a sudden, BAM! I’m redoing every wall in the living room at the same time.
When I first started writing this post, I got WAY ahead of myself and then realized that I never explained how this wall began. Our house is weird and one day I’ll do a home tour or I’ll video a walk-through or something. I don’t know. This long wall runs along our stairs and has a weird slant on one end. We have had chairs centered on it, a couch centered on it, and it has also split the room into two separate, smaller rooms. Once upon a time, it held our ladder shelf. You should be pumped about how bad the photos are in that post.
Once I decided that I was changing this wall again, I took off the ladder which was a little heartbreaking. It was a project we did pretty early into our project days. Also, there were holes in the walls from the brackets (some of which you may have seen reappear here with Big G).
Unfortunately, when I took the brackets down, the drywall came off and I had to patch ginormous spots. I actually hate doing anything like this and it usually stays untouched. This time, I actually did it! Also, I have no idea what we were watching…and that Cheez-It box was from #SwapItLikeItsHot. Yes, this project started in May. MAY, Y’ALL.
OK, now that you see where we started, here’s where the game boards came from…
Last fall, Chris and I had a weekend in Richmond for a friend’s wedding. It was truly a glorious weekend. For one, Florida State beat Clemson. For two, we had tons of time alone and away from real life and the leaves were changing and, aahhhhh!!!! It was glorious. I also picked up my lady-love (bowling trophy seen at the end of this post) and got to go to Era Vintage‘s open warehouse sale. While there, we found some old game boards. We bought two Sorry and Parcheesi from The Odd Couple Shop. Shortly thereafter, Chris’ parents were preparing to move out of his childhood home. In the process, they offered him some of his games from childhood. We were so excited and took their Careers game and their Risk game. Chris loooooved Careers because it was one of the games they played a million times as kids.
Seeing the little details on the Risk board really did me in. I mean, the cute little whale and the beautiful cursive writing. It was hard to capture the cursive, but the whale? I got him up close and personal. I mean, it’s a whale WEARING A HAT, Y’ALL. A WHALE IN A HAT. Amazing.
At this point, I had very little idea what I was doing with all of these boards, but that Risk board was dying to be seen, right?! I planned to hang them on a wall somewhere, but I was thinking upstairs in the guest room or something, a.k.a. a room that will get done next to never. I had absolutely no clue they’d end up being a living room wall feature! In April, when we made our trip to PA, we picked up Monopoly and Uncle Wiggily (I had no idea that was a game?!), which brought us to 6.
We started hanging them with 3M Picture Hanging Strips…and I promptly messed them up. Of course I did. I put the strips in the wrong place and accidentally hung them upside down. It was really classy. Here’s our preliminary setup, note that I had not yet touched up the spackle spots. I was hoping the boards would cover them. Lazy.
Uhhhh, we were doing a Ghost Hunters DVR marathon. We’re really cool. Trust me.
This setup was good, but then I realized that I wanted to add these little bingo plates I’d gotten in the “hostess gift” aisle at Target. I’m super in love with them. I posted them on Instagram. If you don’t follow me there (@jwgourleygirl), you should. I post the some ridiculous photos. And cat photos. Sometimes there are pretty ones, too. Don’t hold your breath.
Anyway, this guy was the game-changer:
Charlotte, queen of all things flea market, bought this cool cat for us as our roommate gift at Haven. She’s amazing. The colors, the Happy Days theme (who knew that was a game?!), the Fonz on every corner. Yes. And, of course, when I hung it, Arnold’s had to be on the bottom side so you could read it. Because, ARNOLD’S WAS THE BEST, RIGHT?!
This obviously changed things…and when I got all the boards up, I realized I wanted the bingo plates to fill up some spaces. Then, I also realized that a bunch of our little Gs would fit in with the colors on this wall, too. So, I pulled them all out. We got two of these at one of my favorite stores of all time, seagreen gallery, over Valentine’s Day weekend. They’re metal, like enamelware. I love them. We also have an orange one, a turquoise one with orange chevron stripes, an orange leather-looking one, and I happened to pick up a black leather-looking one the week we put this together. Sheesh. Like I didn’t have enough already.
OH- As I show you the left side of the wall, know that the taped out box is where the TV will sit when it’s on its new entertainment stand/dresser. I’m in the process of finishing that behemoth right now. It should be set up soon! That’s why I left that huge space. I planned the whole thing around where the TV will go.
Here is the right side of the wall!
I cannot wait to have the entertainment center/dresser done. I love ALL THE COLORS! I never thought myself a super colorful person, but hot dang!, I love this view.
Aaaaaaand now for the whole wall:
OK, I realize that the view is messy and our entertainment center has crap all over it and the area by our door is kinda a mess. However, the view of this wall all the way down to Big G is PHENOMENAL, AM I RIGHT?! Maybe you hate it. That’s OK, too. I am obsessively obsessed with it. Obsessed. OBSESSED.
All in all, we paid maybe $12 bucks for game boards, $20 (max) for all the Gs combined–well, not Big G, obviously, $15-$20 on 3M strips because I may or may not have had to redo a few of those, $36 on Bingo plates (because I was obsessed- I’m usually much cheaper than that), and $9 on plate hangers. Less than a hundred bucks for a ginormous new statement wall. It’s probably the wall with the most impact in our whole house. And, in other news, it inspired the redo of our previous gallery wall which will now house some more game boards (yet to buy- any game recommendations with beautiful, graphic boards) and Gs (two of which I already bought)!
Anybody out there have any favorite games? Or is anyone hanging game boards on their wall? I gotta say I thought I was original until I saw this from Apartment Therapy THE WEEK AFTER I finished ours. I’m not a copier, promise. Even if I were though, you know what they say: Don’t hate the playa, hate the game.