So, let’s discuss the dreaded sofa wall for a minute.  Seriously, it’s a big blank wall.  Blah.  No architecture, no pizazz, no nothing.  For the first 7 years we were in this house I had some old shutters that were probably taken out of a horse barn hanging above our sofa.  While I LOVE the shutters, it was just boring and lifeless.  I needed pizazz.  Needed something that was a little more representative of the family that sits on said sofa.

I started scouring Pinterest like any sane person should do (what did we do before Pinterest?).  I decided that my favorite look was a wall of frames.  Thankfully I had scored LOTS of frames from garage sales and Goodwill.  I also acquired the large white frame in the top left corner from my in-laws basement (Thank you Janis!)  Some of the frames were spray painted in bright colors for the first project they were intended for, so they were quite loud….

Sofa Wall #1

My first step was to go through all of my frames and find my favorites, I went with ones that had plenty of texture and interest to them.  Then I laid them out on the living room floor to see about the placement.  The next step was to mark my perimeters on the wall .  I cut newspaper into the size/shape of each individual frame and then hung that on the wall for spacing.

MM sofa wall #7

I finally got the nails in the walls and hung them… it was time to decide what colors to paint the frames…but we ALL CAME DOWN WITH THE FLU.  Perfect timing!!!

MM sofa wall #9

We had no where to go, nothing to do except hang out in the house!!  ha  My family played video games, watched movies, and took naps… and I painted frames.  Please tell me that you would have done the exact same thing?!?!?!  I knew it–that’s why we are friends. 😉

MM sofa wall #8

The frames were painted with ASCP in different shades of white and grey (one frame was purchased with a gold leaf finish, so I left it).  The chalkboard was purchased at JoAnn’s and promptly painted as well.  If you know me at all, you know that any non-living object in my home is likely to be painted at some point in time.

I’ll quit talking now and just share pics of the completed project.  Next week I will share a few how-to posts in case you want to make a few of these yourself–you crafty dog you!

MM sofa wall #2

MM sofa wall #1

MM sofa wall #3

MM sofa wall #6

MM sofa wall #4

MM sofa wall #5


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



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24 Responses to The {Dreaded} Sofa Wall

  1. Scott Sewell says:

    Wow that looks great Holly! – Well done!

  2. Super cute! I’d love to feature you, but I don’t see a link back to my blog in your post.

    • hollymcc says:

      I just now hit the update on my blog. It should show up now. I wrote your blog name and added a link back to your page. Hope that helps!

  3. Jessica says:

    This is one of the best frame walls I have seen! Great job! I am now seeing a frame wall in my future! Thanks
    Jessica From

  4. Nicely done! I love that green wreath.

    Saw your link at the Serenity Now party.

    Not related to this post at all but I happened to see your photo over there –> in the side bar and you have the BEST hair ever. Gorgeous. 🙂

  5. Hani Shabbir says:

    Wow! I love the wall.. The colors and the green wreath make it look amazing…

  6. Nancherrow says:

    your previously dreaded wall
    is blah no longer

    i love the different frames

    and now i know
    i really need a boxwood wreath!

    Fridays Unfolded is back
    and i would love for you
    to stop by and join in!

    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

    • hollymcc says:

      Hi Alison! For some reason this went to spam. 🙁 I will hook up with Fridays Unfolded this week! Thanks for the invite! (boxwood wreaths were on clearance at Target recently–I got 2 more!! woohoo!)

  7. Julie Kizer says:

    I love it Holly! I too have been wanting to do a fun wall and this is my favorite!! I have been loving all the McCall Manor posts! You’re so cute and talented! Miss you!!

  8. JaneEllen says:

    Love your wall so much, you’ve inspired me so much to do something with a wall in our l/r. I’ve got a big picture on spot now but it’s just not the right thing for that spot, it needs work, awfully. I’ve been seeing gallery walls today but love yours. Maybe doing this will finally get that wall painted also. A color behind the frames would look so much better. I have bunches of frames from yard sales, thrift stores. Just thinking about this is getting me so excited and inspired thanks to your wonderful post
    Happy weekend.

  9. Kala Duncan says:

    I love the finished project 🙂 looks great!!!!!

  10. Amy W says:

    I love all the personalized items you added to your sofa wall. Those can be such blah zones but you really made it your own, love it! Please stop by our link party and share with everyone!

  11. Megan Fritts Risner says:

    So Creative, I Love This Idea

  12. Rebekah says:

    Love it! You have inspired me to do something similar over our sofa as well. 🙂 Do you mind sharing where you found the cute antlers?

    • hollymcc says:

      Thank you for the sweet comment! Those antlers were from target last winter. Hopefully they will have more this winter. 🙂

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