Do you like to put puzzles together?
I enjoy them, but honestly haven't assembled one for years. But, after collecting a pile of things for a gallery wall in my new home, I decided "puzzle putting together" skills were a plus.
Let me remind you what the wall did look like--it had some modern style wall sconces and a headdress art piece on it that was left with the house:
Now, it looks like this:
I added maps and family photos,
round mirrors and L's for our last name( two of the L's are vintage sign letters). I made a family sign and an arrow for the wall.
The three maps include the Montana map I showed you awhile back (HERE), a 1929 school wall map of Europe,
and this lovely, original pencil drawing from 1898 of our town. It was drawn by one of the town's developers and it was left with the schoolhouse when we bought it.
And the lights, oh the lights make me swoon.
I picked these up at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for $15 each. They are marked Robert Abbey and I have seen them online for $235 to $300 EACH. Y'all, that is a SCORE!
I added the cage shades from Home Depot for $15 each and Edison bulbs for $8 each. I think $38 for each light is pretty, darn good.
The hole left by the sconces we removed was larger than the back plate on my new lights so we added a piece of reclaimed wood behind them. I left the wood natural to go with the light colored frame on the pencil map and with the arrow (The arrow is made with lath from the walls of the old schoolhouse.).
My gallery wall puzzle came together and makes me smile.