The Big Studio Wall Is Finished!

I still need to paint the baseboards, but as far as the decorative elements on the big studio wall go, those are finally finished! I was determined to get all of these items finished this last weekend so that I could move on to something else this week (like painting my work tables or giving my desk a makeover), so I put in some long days to get it done, and I had such a good time doing it.

First, let me remind you what the wall looked like on Friday after my day of fails. Eleven of the twelve months of my calendar had fallen off the wall. I had made my TV frame way too big. I wanted to do a makeover on the clock, but I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. And the shelves were giving me problems.

But everything is finished now, and this is what the wall looks like. I’ll probably move the TV up on the wall about three inches (if I can, but it’ll depend on the outlet behind the TV). But other than that, the decorative items on this wall are finished.

The star of the wall is the big print of our landscape design. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve walked into this room and just stood and stared at this beautiful print. I love being able to see the plant key and easily find those plants on the plan. I find that nearly impossible to do when I’m looking at the plan on my computer.

Mounting and framing a print this size was no simple task. I mean, it wasn’t difficult at all, but it wasn’t quick. It took several days to get it done, but I’m so incredibly happy with how it turned out.

Below the TV, I wanted to add shelves. I had originally planned to make my on shelves, but then I found these shelves on clearance at Lowe’s for $12 each, so I opted for the easy route.

But in the end, I didn’t like how top heavy the narrower shelves made that section look, so I went back to my original idea and I made my own shelves to fit the width of the available space. I think these fit so much better and make the area look more balanced. I have another idea for the Lowe’s shelves. They’ll make an appearance in a different room.

I made these shelves in the exact same way that I made the picture ledges for the breakfast room with one difference. On the breakfast room shelves, I used 1-inch lumber (which is actually 3/4-inch thick).

I like how those turned out, but I wanted the studio shelves to be more like the Lowe’s shelves that I bought, and those are made out of 1/2-inch material. So before putting the studio shelves together, I ran all of the boards through my planer twice to plane them down to 1/2-inch thick. But other than that, the rest of the process was the same.

If you missed how I made the breakfast room picture ledges, you can see that here: Simple DIY Picture Ledges (New Sitting Room Gallery Wall).

When I decided to put shelves under the TV, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to use them for, but I knew two things. (1) I wanted the shelves to hold something useful, and not just be picture ledges to hold decorative things, and (2) I wanted the shelves to hold something very colorful.

This is a studio, and when I think of colorful items that are used in a studio, my mind goes to paint. I have shelves filled with latex paint in the sunroom, but in order for that paint to fit onto narrow shelves, I’d have to transfer all of that paint into jars. But then the jars wouldn’t hold all of the paint, so I’d still be left with gallon containers that need to be stored, and then the jars of paint would really only serve decorative purposes. That seemed like a waste.

Then I thought of craft paint. I have a big box filled with bottles of craft paint. But they wouldn’t really be pretty displayed out in the open since they’re all different brands, different sizes, etc.

And then I took another look at my shelves in the sunroom, and the answer became obvious. Spray paint! I LOVE spray paint, and when it comes to buying colors, I almost always buy one brand. About 98% of the time, I’m pretty loyal to Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch from Home Depot. (I venture out to other brands when it comes to metallic paints or specialty paints.)

All of the Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch cans are uniform in size, I have a ton of colors, I use spray paint regularly, and they look pretty lined up on shelves. At least they do to me! That option just seemed to make the most sense to me. So I made the shelves specifically to hold my collection of spray paint, arranged in rainbow order for the most part. And you better believe that I took this opportunity to make a trip to Home Depot to buy the colors that I needed to fill in the holes in my rainbow assortment of spray paint for my shelves. 😀

And then there’s the TV frame. I ended up having to remake the TV frame not just once, but TWICE!! I have no idea what my problem was, but I just kept messing up on the measurements. Thank goodness I kept making it too big, so I could cut down what I had.

The TV frame I made for the studio wall is quite a bit smaller than the other ones I made. The one for the breakfast room wall is pretty thick, and I think it fits perfectly with the picture frame ledges filled with colorful artwork.

But for the studio wall, not only did I not have room for such a thick, chunky frame, but I also just wanted something much thinner and understated.

The clock is one that I purchased on Amazon. You can find it here (affiliate link). The clock originally looked like this…

I wasn’t looking for a farmhouse style clock. That’s not really my style. But I bought this one because I knew I could work with it. I liked the size and the routed Roman numerals. And no, I couldn’t have made this myself. Or maybe I could have, but it would have taken me two days to buy the plywood, cut the perfect circle, and then try my hand at using my router to route those perfect Roman numerals into the plywood. I probably would have messed up on at least the first one, which means re-cutting the circle, and starting over. So paying $45 for someone else to cut the perfect circle, route the Roman numerals, and include the actual clock mechanism in the price, seemed very reasonable to me.

But what I wanted wasn’t rustic farmhouse. I wanted color. So I removed the clock hands, sanded the face of the clock with 150-grit sandpaper, and painted it Rust-Oleum Sun Yellow. Then I topcoated it with Rust-Oleum clear gloss spray. I had originally planned to paint the routed Roman numerals white, but by the time I had it to this point, I loved how subtle the Roman numerals were, so I decided to keep it this way. I did paint the clock hands white, though.

And finally, there’s the calendar. After all but one month fell off of the wall when the 3M sticky squares failed, I went to Home Depot and purchased Command Picture Hanging Strips. I spent about 90 minutes adding four picture hanging strips to each month, and then rehanging all of the months on the wall. And then they started falling off of the wall AGAIN.

Y’all, I was so frustrated. I’ve used Command Picture Hanging Strips many times, and I don’t ever remember them failing. I have actual framed pictures, with frames, glass, and all, hanging in my house with Command Picture Hanging Strips. The frames on the gallery wall inside the door of our home gym are hung with Command Picture Hanging Strips. The pictures on the entryway wall in our house are hung with Command Picture Hanging Strips. I’ve used these a hundred times, and none of them have ever failed. And yet, they weren’t holding these paper calendars mounted on foam board to the wall. I was baffled.

I like picture hanging strips because they’re a two-piece system that fit together like Velcro and allow you to remove the picture from the wall. But I just couldn’t get them to stick for some reason. So I ended up going back to Home Depot and purchasing some T-Rex Super Glue Tape to tape the picture hanging strips to the back of the foam board, and then tape the picture hanging strips to the wall. And that stuff is SUPER sticky! I don’t see any way that these will fall off of the wall again. So in the end, what should have been a one-and-done project had to be done three times. Talk about frustrating!

And because they kept falling off of the wall, some of them now have dinged corners. You have no idea how hard it was for me to put this out of my mind and move forward. I wanted so badly to order another calendar and redo the months with dinged corners, but I forced myself to move on. I’m the only one who will ever be bothered by those corners, and I need to stop obsessing about those tiny things. (The checkmarks were to signify which months had the T-Rex tape. I forgot to go back and wipe off those checkmarks.)

So that’s it! The decorative part of this huge wall is done. I’m going to move the TV up a bit if I can (again, I’ll have to see if the outlet will allow for the TV to be moved up), and then I need to finish painting the baseboards. But then I’m on to another project in a different part of the room. Slowly but surely, I’m getting the final projects checked off of my “to do” list for this room!



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  1. Wow!! Dear Lady, you are my hero..
    Beautiful room and you have given me a lot of inspiration.
    I really enjoy your posts.

  2. Oh, it is wonderful to have all those colors at your fingertips with the spray paint as well.
    Looks wonderful, like art, but happily very useful as well. Actually the whole wall is art, and useful! Love it all. That command hook/tape problem has happened to me, and once I did write and complain. They were defensive and did nothing. Note to self! I did not really like the treatment I got. It appears they “go bad” pretty quickly, so no use stocking up on a sale. AND, who knows how old they are in the store…my luck I got an old, outdated batch. I’m so happy you can more forward again…looking forward to so much!

    1. I had the same experience with the 3M hangers, when I bought a bag full at an estate sale. I was so thrilled at the time because they are expensive. But lo and behold they must’ve been older than me 🤣 because only a few from the bag were sticky!! Lesson learned😉

  3. Your shelves look so much better than the shorter shelves because they fill the area. The spray cans with their colorful tops are perfect and practical. Great idea. All in all the wall looks great. If you can move the tv up, the clock will need to be moved up too….just a tad.

    Baseboards, table, desk and chair and you will be done. Seems like it has taken less time than in other rooms. Of course this is YOUR room so maybe you were more motivated! It is truly beautiful. Then comes the challenge of the studio bath. It will be beautiful too. Have a great week.

  4. The room looks so awesome, and I just love all that color. Sorry about those silly calendars falling off, somethings just need extra work because they can.
    Can’t wait to see the next project. Keep up the great work. Cheers.

  5. It looks so good! I’m happy someone has more colors of spray paint than I do. I’m always telling young relatives to thrift and spray paint for affordable decor that saves things from the landfill. Loving the yellow clock and agree that leaving the numbers is a subtle and more sophisticated look.

  6. Kristi, I have to admit I was holding my breath on this one! But now that it’s done, it looks so cool! TV 3 inches up and PERFECT! Well done!

  7. Wow! Thats a lot of spray paint! I’d probably need 4 cans of black and never use purple or orange.

  8. If the hooks were failing from the foam side and not the wall side, the 3M glue is not compatible to the foam. If its the wall, its defective product. Don’t plan on using them for other foam products. That felt like I was at work.

  9. I love love this wall…..but I do have one question? I thought your big work tables rested up against these walls. How’s that going to work with this on the lower part of the walls? Just curious. It turned out absolutely beautiful though… with everything you do.

  10. Such a colorful, cheerful studio, I bet you can’t walk in there without smiling! What a great space to make your dreams into reality. Way to GEAUX, Kristi!

  11. Kristi says, “They were failing from both sides.” So I know you love symmetry, but don’t you think that is carrying it a little too far?
    A chuckle for my day.

    Okay, this wall project turned out just great! I am anxious to see the desk in place along with the chair and the light fixture. If you get any work done in that space it will be a small miracle. If it were mine, I would just sit and stare all day. Good for you.

  12. Your studio really pops. This wall with all of the color is exactly the right places is perfect. I would really like for you to somehow take a panoramic photo of your entire studio after you have completed the entire room. I really do like all of the color you used in this room.

  13. Don’t move the TV. Add some greenery…live or artificial. It will soften all the hard lines.

  14. The wall is gorgeous! I love the pop of yellow. It’s so happy. I agree with others who said they wouldn’t get any work done. If that were my studio, I spend my day in a swivel chair looking at all of the beauty! Ha!

  15. I think it all turned out great. The paint cans look amazing on your shelves. I love that the clock pops now!