A Work in Progress

Welcome visitors from What’s on Your Wall Wednesday! Please click this link to check out all of the other entries! And now on to my family room wall…

My house is a work in progress. I have big ideas for bringing the decor together, but a few limitations.


  • lack of funds



  • a husband who thinks we should spend less than we earn, no matter how BAD I want something (the nerve of that man!)



  • I work part-time as a nurse which leaves me little time



  • I have four active kids (ages 14, 12, 9 and 6) that leave me even less time


These limitations have taught me patience, and I’ve learned that a home is even more beautiful and meaningful if it has come together over time, with treasures added that showcase memories for the family that lives there.

That said, here is a shot of my “not yet finished” family room


The couch sits along the longest wall, facing the double window that overlooks our very boring back yard (a spring project!). I was at a loss as to how to begin to decorate this long wall when I found the blog Eight Crazy and this wall art idea. These are 12×12 canvases with scrapbook paper attached with Modge Podge. There is a layer of Modge Podge over the top of the paper to seal it. The directions can be found here.

Here’s a closer look.


I found this scrapbook paper at Kroger! I’m telling ya, a lot of my ideas come from the grocery store. I guess that’s because, with a family of 6 to feed, I spend a lot of time at the grocery.

I obviously have a “lack of throw pillows” issue (there’s also a matching naked love seat in here), and I’ve pondered how to fix that inexpensively for way longer than I should have. Since I have a well documented lack of sewing skills, I’m thinking of trying Kimba’s idea here.

I also have a project planned for a “new” coffee table, but with below zero temperatures here in central Ohio, that one will have to wait until it warms up enough for me to spray paint in my well insulated garage (thanks honey!). Stay tuned!

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13 thoughts on “A Work in Progress

  1. Your wall art turned out great! I have been wanting to make some of those for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it. How do you think they’d hold up in the powder room? When did they start selling scrapbook paper at Kroger? Funny.

    p.s. The image of you trying to put a onesie on your 6 year old seriously cracked me up!

  2. Hi Amanda, thanks again for visiting. I think this wall art would be fine in a powder room, I’d probably put an extra coat of Modge Podge over the paper. A bathroom with a tub or shower might be to steamy. Good luck!

  3. Your wall are looks great over the sofa! I think it’s best to take your time and think about what you want rather than just throw things together to be done. I’ve always found that a lack of funds spurs my creativity so I don’t look at it as something bad but rather as something good!


  4. Hi Kimm, this is a great idea! We are looking for something larger for one of our walls, I just might be able to manage this. I’m not very “crafty” or handy, but I’m willing to give this a shot. Thanks for your sweet comments on my “wall” post. It really was thrilling, I just hope that you get to experience the same in the fall. What instrument does your daughter play? Tell her its lots of fun to try out for drum major (especially if she’s at all bossy lol). Kathy

  5. I love your wall art, it looks great! And who needs money and time anyway? Decorating is more fun for me when my budget is $5 and I have to paint/sew/create and tend to my 3 kids all at the same time. ;)
    Doing things via the slow route will mean our homes will reflect us and not a showroom at the furniture store.

  6. Hi Kimm, :)

    This is really beautiful. You did great making a large piece that is an awesome focal point.
    Wonderful idea.

    Thank you very much for the kind visit to my WW.
    I really appreciate it.

    ~Warmly, Melissa :)

  7. Yet another idea that I love! Once I get settled into my new home in a month or so – I’m definitely going to have to get on a project like this one!

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