What a gorgeous living room, right? I love the mix of patterns and the chunky coffee tables and those turquoise glass globes. Those caught my eye first. My next thought–after I noticed the big chunky books and started thinking of my big chunky books that I want to display–was, a toddler doesn’t live in this house. Le sigh. I might be able to get by with a coffee table like that, but then where would all of Greta’s toys get stashed? And even if I did have a table like that, the books, globes, bowl of fruit, and plant would all have to go….leaving a blank, chunky coffee table–with a little girl most likely standing on top.
I have said it before, I want our house to be Greta’s house too, and that means letting go of a lot of beautiful lamps and book displays and putting all glass things out of reach or away. It means lots of storage ottomans stuffed with toys and preparing ourselves for disasters with slipcovered couches and magic erasers….and velcro.
That has been a mistake since I hung the frames months ago. I remedied the disaster-waiting-to-happen several times by pulling the armchair away from the wall until Greta couldn’t reach the frames. That worked, unless I wasn’t quick enough to move the chair out. Yesterday, I bought my third replacement frame. [Insert “the look” here]
Chris and I both agreed that it was a good choice to get the frames at the dollar store because the financial damage has been minute. Fortunately, there has been no physical harm done either, but I am not sure what shocks me more: the dollar store frames have real glass in them, or the glass has never broken when they get thrown off the wall. Either way, I am counting my lucky stars and not taking any more chances. I already have a collection of 8×10 sheets of glass now and I don’t want to contribute any more broken styrofoam frames to a landfill.
So when I picked up my 3rd replacement frame at the dollar store yesterday, I also picked up a pack of industrial strength velcro. I put the hook and loops together and cut 30 squares.
Each frame on the bottom row got velcro on all 4 corners. For the middle row, I just put the velcro on the bottom 2 corners of each frame.
When I hung them on the wall, I used a level because they were going to be stuck there and I would hate for them to be stuck crooked. Win, Win. Straight pictures. Safe child.
Safe on this front at least. After I finished re-hanging all the frames–now immovable, I walked in the kitchen and found this:
Heaven, help me.