Tuesday, May 24, 2016

How to Center a Dining Room Light

One of the things that drove me crazy about the kitchen we inherited when we moved in, was the massive light taking up tons of visual space in the room. I knew that in order to "open up" the kitchen we would need to change that. But I also knew that we would likely end up re-centering the light based on my plans for the space. So here's what we did.

How to center a dining room light from www.jengallacher.com. #kitchenlighting #diningroomlighting

To give you an idea of what it looked like to start with, here is a BEFORE photo of the lighting in the kitchen (that light weighed about 20 pounds and was NOT centered in the kitchen, in fact you can see they must have changed its position at some point):


How to center a dining room light from www.jengallacher.com. #kitchenlighting #diningroomlighting


To get the style I wanted, I picked a gorgeous "Allen & Roth" chrome chandelier from Lowe's from their in-stock options:





To Center the Light:


1. We removed the large light and then hung the new light where the current electrical box existed.

How to center a dining room light from www.jengallacher.com. #kitchenlighting #diningroomlighting



2. We then centered the table where we wanted the light to go and marked the spot above this space on the ceiling. My husband added a hook in white to this spot. Then we hung the chain of the light on this hook until we had it hanging exactly the height we wanted.

How to center a dining room light from www.jengallacher.com. #kitchenlighting #diningroomlighting

Here is how the light looks now:

How to center a dining room light from www.jengallacher.com. #kitchenlighting #diningroomlighting


You are not stuck with lighting the way that it is. You can hire an electrician to rewire or add wiring for lights. An electrician can also hang new lights for you or you can easily do it yourself. My husband handles all our new lighting changes. You can use a hook and also re-center the light. Or you can add mood lighting with candles, lanterns, and more.

Now when I look from my kitchen into my Great Room the lighting doesn't interrupt the line of sight which is important when you're trying to make a space appear larger.

Look for additional "how to" tutorials here on my blog or follow me on Instagram HERE.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

3d Beach Keepsake Box Paper Craft

Looking for a way to dress up your shelves for the summer season this year? How about creating a three-dimensional paper crafted box using both manual and digital die cut shapes? To cut the box, I used my Silhouette Cameo and paper from the "Beach Day" paper crafting collection from Carta Bella Paper. I then topped the box with ephemera and sticker pieces from the collection. I used a glue gun to hold all the pieces in place. You could collection seashells and place them inside the box for a great keepsake box of your trip to shore.

3d Beach Keepsakes Box Paper Craft by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com.


Here are some additional photos of this project. Be sure to pin your favorites!

3d Beach Keepsakes Box Paper Craft by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com.

3d Beach Keepsakes Box Paper Craft by Jen Gallacher for www.jengallacher.com.


Search the Silhouette online store for boxes, or 3d box and you'll have lots of options for shapes to download.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Create a Vintage Dictionary Photo Gallery Wall!

One of the things I get the most comments and questions about when people come into my house is about my photo frame wall in my formal living room. Everyone steps up, peers closely at the frame, and asks, "Is that dictionary paper back there?" Yep. It is! When I was planning this gallery wall in this room, I knew that I wanted a black and white photo grid. But I didn't want a bunch of large, in-your-face photos staring back at you when you came in. I wanted them to be more subtle. And since these frames came with pre-sized mats, I also wanted to save money.

Create a vintage dictionary photo gallery wall with an old dictionary, black and white photos, and white frames from www.jengallacher.com. Includes tutorial photos. #gallerywall #photogrid #vintagedictionarypaper

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One day when I was sitting in my craft room, contemplating how I could make it all work I glanced down to see a vintage dictionary I recently acquired from a second-hand store. "Hmmm," I thought. "I wonder . . ." and so I ripped a few pages from the dictionary making sure not to choose any pages with inappropriate words for a family setting, and I placed it inside the frame with a photo on top. PERFECTION! Actually the pages were perfectly sized and inexpensively fit the inside of the photo mat, allowing me to use a 4" x 6" black and white photo on top of the paper.

To recreate this project:

1. Purchase a large, white frame frame with a mat opening of 8" X 10".

2. Use vintage paper (wrapping paper, vintage dictionary paper, or scrapbooking paper) to fill the open frame of the photo mat.

Create a vintage dictionary photo gallery wall with an old dictionary, black and white photos, and white frames from www.jengallacher.com. Includes tutorial photos. #gallerywall #photogrid #vintagedictionarypaper

3. Print 4" x 6" photos in black and white (or color) and mount them in the center of the paper.
4. Place the glass on top of the mat, photo, and background paper and mount the frames on the wall. I used washi tape to hold the paper in place.

Create a vintage dictionary photo gallery wall with an old dictionary, black and white photos, and white frames from www.jengallacher.com. Includes tutorial photos. #gallerywall #photogrid #vintagedictionarypaper

Create a vintage dictionary photo gallery wall with an old dictionary, black and white photos, and white frames from www.jengallacher.com. Includes tutorial photos. #gallerywall #photogrid #vintagedictionarypaper


Here are some additional photos of the wall and the photo frames:

Create a vintage dictionary photo gallery wall with an old dictionary, black and white photos, and white frames from www.jengallacher.com. Includes tutorial photos. #gallerywall #photogrid #vintagedictionarypaper

Create a vintage dictionary photo gallery wall with an old dictionary, black and white photos, and white frames from www.jengallacher.com. Includes tutorial photos. #gallerywall #photogrid #vintagedictionarypaper

Like this project? Be sure to search by blog for other Photo Gallery Wall projects!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Memories Made #55: Beach Bingo Scrapbooking Layout

Ok, seriously. Who doesn't love all the nautical themed scrapbooking supplies available right now? I'm know I'm a sucker for them so for today's "Memories Made" scrapbooking process video, I combined items from several companies to create the following layout. Be sure to pin it for later!

"Beach Bingo" nautical themed scrapbooking layout by Jen Gallacher. Includes instructional video. #scrapbooking #nauticalscrapbook


Watch the video HERE or below to see how I put this layout together:



Here are some additional photos of the layout that you can pin or save for inspiration:

"Beach Bingo" nautical themed scrapbooking layout by Jen Gallacher. Includes instructional video. #scrapbooking #nauticalscrapbook

"Beach Bingo" nautical themed scrapbooking layout by Jen Gallacher. Includes instructional video. #scrapbooking #nauticalscrapbook

"Beach Bingo" nautical themed scrapbooking layout by Jen Gallacher. Includes instructional video. #scrapbooking #nauticalscrapbook

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