What I Decided for the Wall Above Our Couch

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2012

A few weeks ago, I posed the question, “How should I decorate my living room wall?”

I was honestly hoping for just a few pieces of advice and a few creative ideas — but over the course of that weekend, I received almost 100 comments and several more emails/facebook messages/etc. — all FULL of creative ideas!

Here’s what the wall looked like before — so I obviously needed all the help I could get :)

I was super excited with all the feedback…  the only problem was that since I thought most of the ideas were fabulous, I was once again left wondering what to do.

I knew I wanted to included at least one large family picture — and I knew I didn’t want a huge “cluttery” looking collage full of frames.

I liked the idea of hanging a large door or window horizontally — but I didn’t have a huge door or window… and I didn’t feel like looking for one!

So after thinking through all your amazingly creative ideas, I decided that instead of using an old door/window I could use several pieces of distressed wood (which we just so happened to have sitting around after our kitchen renovation!)

And it worked…

Here’s a closer view.

Dave and I are thrilled with how the project turned out! 

I’m also thrilled that it will be really easy to change/rearrange items on this wooden board without putting a bunch of extra holes in the wall.

The whole project was SO simple — the most difficult part was actually hanging the finished product on the wall and making sure everything was level.

If you’re interested in creating something similar, here’s what I did:

1. I cut several pieces of wood flooring to roughly 66″ in length.

The only reason I decided on 66″ is because it looked good over our couch and because it would easily accomodate at least one large family picture. The finished product is approximately 66″ wide x 36″ tall.

Also, I used a hand saw because I didn’t want the cuts to look perfect or the boards to be exactly the same length.

2. I stained and lacquered the board to match our wood flooring.

I used one (heavy) coat of stain and 3 thin coats of polyurethane (sanding in between each coat). The board honestly looks like we just cut a chunk right out of the middle of our kitchen floor!

3. I attached the borads together from the back side.

I used 2 additional pieces of wood flooring to screw all the boards together. Then I attached another board to the top, which is how it hangs on the wall (see next step).

4. I hung the board on the wall.

Since we used old tongue-and-groove flooring for this project, we simply screwed one piece of wood flooring on the back of our board with the “groove” side facing down (see picture above), and then screwed another piece of flooring to the wall with the “tongue” side up. Then, all we had to do was drop the groove into the tongue and our board was securely attached to the wall.

And since it’s not screwed directly to the wall, we can slide the entire wooded unit left and right to make sure it’s always centered on our couch.


5. I added pictures and decorations.

This was the fun part — especially since I don’t have to worry about patching nail holes in our old plaster walls if I change my mind!

I went with one large family picture (24″ x 20″), two smaller pictures (8″ x 10″), a small wreath, and two small metal stars.

Then I added vinyl wall words, “Children hold our hands for a while, our hearts forever.” 

I thought that phrase was very fitting considering the family picture I used… and since it’s just vinyl letters, I can easily remove the whole thing whenever I change my mind!

So after almost two years staring at a huge blank wall, I FINALLY have something hung above our couch! 

Thanks SOOOO much for all your ideas and inspiration. Not only did you inspire the project above our couch, I also “stole” a few ideas for other places around our house!

Also, thanks to Modern Photographics for the fabulous family pictures — and thanks to Dave for putting up with my crazy ideas (you should have seen his face when I asked what he thought about hanging wood flooring on the wall!)

It sure feels good to have this project crossed off my to-do list.

Here’s one more before and after look :)

I’m in the (very long) process of shopping for new lamps and lamp shades… but did you notice that my ugly yellow chairs have new slip covers?

I LOVE how they turned out :)

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  1. Letitia


    Hi! I have enjoyed reading about your home! Everything is beautiful! What is the color on your living room walls? Do you have any suggestions for good, neutral paint colors? Thanks!


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks! Here’s a post where I talk all about our paint colors: http://andreadekker.com/our-favorite-farmhouse-paint-colors/


  2. Stacie Kaltz


    Hi Andrea,

    I have been thinking of re upholstering one of our family room chairs. I love what a great job you did with those in your family room. You stated they were slip covers, where did you find one that fit so well? Or did you re upholster them yourself or have them done by someone else?

    Love the new landscaping!!!! :-)


    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Stacie! We totally love how our living room turned out — and we LOVE LOVE LOVE our slip covered Craigslist bargain chairs!

    We did pay to have them professional slip covered by a local lady in town. If you live in West MI, I can give you her name and number. I thought about trying to do them myself, but upholstery fabric is pretty expensive and I knew I would kick myself if I wasted fabric because I messed up.

    I’m so glad I had a professional do it — they look perfect and most people don’t even believe they are slip covered. We ended up doing 3 chairs total — all with the same fabric and I think the TOTAL cost was less than $500 (chairs, labor and fabric). So since there’s no way you can buy 3 brand new chairs for that price (and I love the small scale and older style) I feel pretty good about that choice.


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