You know how last week I was all "OMG, those non-permanent Command wall hooks are awesome!"?
....apparently they're not so awesome for heavy frames. Or maybe it was user error (aka husband error).
But let me start at the beginning.
I'd put up placeholder pieces of newspaper above our gecko tank weeks ago, but I finally got tired of looking at those squares, so I asked my husband's help putting up the frames we'd purchased at IKEA, with just some random patterned paper until we can get some better art.
So he hung up the three frames on the above wall and one on another wall, and we went about our day (of course, stupid me thought I had all the time in the world to snap a picture of the new frames). Enter foreboding music.
About 24 hours after hanging the frames, we were watching TV when one of the frames came crashing down on the gecko tank and onto the floor, shattering the glass and the frame itself. Obviously cheap IKEA frames are not meant to withstand a fall, even onto carpet, because as you can see from the above pictures, it's pretty much destroyed on all corners, with a big dent on one side from hitting the tank on it's way down.
And it's all thanks to the Command strip coming detached from the wall. But I'm going to have to say it was probably user error, because now, a week later, the other frames are still merrily hanging where they should be.
But now I'm in a bind, because we only bought 4 of these frames, and I'm not planning on making the 1 1/2 hour each way trek to IKEA anytime soon. So I guess the only thing I can really do is steal the matching frame that we hung near our new hanging lamp, and put it where the broken one was hanging, since I really had my heart set on three frames on this wall.
As for the wall near the lamp, I picked up these smaller 12" x 12" frames at Joann Fabrics (on sale for only $7.49 each, since they were having huge sales for Memorial Day weekend. I also picked up some fabric to make curtains for our bedroom for 50% off, but I'll save that for another day.). I still need to find some placeholder scrap booking paper for these, but then I think I'll hang them staggered with one higher and to the side of the other one.
Hopefully considering they're on a different wall from the other three IKEA frames, nobody will notice or care that they're not the same.
Now for the really hard part, finding actual art to put in the frames! Which I always seem to have a really hard time with. Actually, I'm having a really hard time with this room in general--I just feel so 'meh' about it all, especially since I'm not allowing myself to buy any new furniture, and we can't paint the walls. And after this broken frame incident, I might just have to take a break and concentrate on another room in our house for a while.
Do you ever get burnt out on trying to decorate rooms in your house? Or feel like you could get over being burnt out if someone would just give you, oh, $5,000 to change it all up? ;)