a wall of L’s

We have this random nook between the dining room and the staircase that fits our piano perfectly. The wall above the piano is one of the first things you see when you walk into our home, so while I want it to make a statement, I have never known quite how to go about it.

Last year, I put up a crazy bird collage {seen here}. A few months later, I took it down and added a silhouette painting I did of our kids {seen here}.  At Christmas, we moved the piano and put our tree up in this space {seen here}, but once it came down the walls have remained bare and crying out for something new.

Graphic typography and monograms have always caught my eye and over the years I have collected a few L’s {my married last initial … my maiden name is Jones}. One day a few weeks ago, inspiration struck and I decided to group some of the collection and create a wall of L’s over the piano.

Here’s how it turned out:

Fun, right?

I’m really happy with it.

I kept with a gray/white/black/ theme to keep it neutral. Only a few of the letters were purchased {at the craft store} and the rest were made with things I had laying around the house.

Here are some close-ups:

descriptions from left to right:

1. fabric covered cardboard cutout {tutorial to come}

2. framed glitter letter with linen backing

3. wooden letter in vintage frame

4. watercolored L in large IKEA frame {one of the first projects I did when we moved into our house nearly 6 years ago … so many blank walls to fill!}

5. chalkboard painted board with handdrawn letter {this is acutally the back of a frame that was broken. I just tossed the frame and glass and kept the back, painted it with two coats of chalkboard paint and used the hanger on the back to hang it up. Super easy}

6. vintage linen hankie with layered scrapbook paper and a printed L {font: barocca monograms}

7. My favorite. I used the old cardboard backing from a vintage frame, glued on a cut out letter and wrote in No. 6 {for six people in our family}.

8. wooden letter and old playing card

9. framed book page monogram {tutorial here}

Not shown:

large cardboard letter from the craft store decoupaged with scrapbook paper

There are so many great ways to add a personal touch to your home and I think adding your family initial is one of my favorites.

And I’m hoping this wall display will stay for a while.

56 Responses to a wall of L’s

  1. Kari February 17, 2015 at 12:57 am #

    Absolutely beautiful!

  2. Gail January 19, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    I would love to create the same wall. I’m not as talented as you.
    My letter would be the letter G. Where or what sites should I started looking for the letter.

    You wall is such an eye popper!!!!


  3. Lisa B/ September 11, 2013 at 9:55 am #


  4. Lisa B/ September 11, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Emily, Where did you put the piano,
    Affectionally, your child’s piano teacher!!!

    • emily September 12, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Ha! It is on another wall – still easily available for practice time :)

  5. Andrea April 20, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi, so your wall of Ls moved across the street, but I also noticed that they multiplied. Can you describe for me the new additions like you did with the original, please?

  6. Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista October 18, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    Hi Emily! I loved this wall so much I wanted to make my own as well! Thank you for your constant inspiration! xo


  7. Gina August 21, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    I want a wall of G’s so badly. I need to find some!

    Where did you find all the awesome L’s?

  8. kim-todays creative blog March 15, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    You’ve been featured. :) http://todayscreativeblog.net/make-it-yourself/

  9. diane March 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I, too, love monograms and typography and have the letter “H” sprinkled throughout the house. One of my favorites is a set of three ink stampers that are just grouped on a small side table in the den. This little set of “h’s” gets so many comments….love your “L” gallery wall.

  10. beki March 14, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I love it! I have my own wall of L’s leading up my spiral stairway. Here is a photo, if you want to take a peek: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artsycrafty/5084822265/
    The photo is actually of the dress, but you can see the L’s behind it. What started as a simple collection has grown out of control. I’m running out of space!

  11. Becky March 13, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Gah, I have a small obsession with monograms, thanks for posting this and making me feel better about starting a collection of letters! ;)

  12. Lindsay March 13, 2012 at 6:44 am #

    I love how this turned out! I love using our last initial too, but I always worry about using it too much. After seeing this, I can’t figure out why! These look so awesome grouped together like this!

  13. Sarah B Design March 13, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Emily I love this idea! I am getting married in 6 weeks… and just moved into what will be our first apartment and there is a LOT more wall space than my last little 1 bedroom apartment. I have been wandering around trying to figure out what to put on the walls, and I think i might use this idea and start collecting letter B’s!

  14. Jenny March 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm #

    Love love love this! Can you tell me the wall paint color name? Ty

  15. Lauren March 11, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    I of course LOVE this, but I’m an “L” (first name), too!

  16. Meg March 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Looks Great! I had a flash of your piano swathed in a beautiful black coat of paint.

    • emily March 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      believe me … we have toyed with the option many times … its a someday project.

  17. Jessica Singletary March 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    Oh, Emily, I LOVE this! I’ve been looking for a new wall project for our daughter’s big girl room & I’ve definitely found it. Her name is Landry so when I saw you post title I was immediately inspired without even looking at the post. What a great idea!

  18. Kristina March 11, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Would you be wiling to share how you made the large L that you mentioned was not shown (the one covered in yellow and white scrapbook paper). I’m in love with it but have been afraid to try decoupaging out of fear that it will be bumpy and look messy. Any tips?!

  19. Sandra March 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    What did you use to hang up your bottom left L?

  20. Trish March 10, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    We’re just moving into a new house. Thanks for this GREAT idea! LOVE it!

  21. kenora March 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    I am addicted to initials, so this is so LOVELY!

  22. Amanda M. March 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I LOVE this. I had the idea to do a monogram wall but just couldn’t visualize it – but YOU HAVE DONE IT! Love it and thank you so much, Emily!!!

  23. Audrey March 9, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Love it! So fun and easy!

  24. Lindsay March 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Love this… I’ve had a “J” wall in my houes for the past several years and I just love it! :)

  25. Jamie March 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    I love this idea! Great job…

  26. Shawna March 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Thanks for sharing … might have to borrow a few of your ideas! Love it! XoXo*S

  27. Natalie March 9, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Love this..its so hard for me to decorate around my piano. I may have to try this!

  28. Mandy Linville March 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    The wall is beautiful and adorable. “L” is the best, my last name too! I just might have to do this somewhere in my house.

  29. kristin M March 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    I don’t know if someone else has already said this but I think it’s especially apropos because music notes are sort of improvised as la la la la la. so the Ls seem very musical.
    If your last name was Zappos perhaps the collection would be best in a bedroom.
    If your last name began with M, as mine does, maybe a collection in the kitchen?
    So, along those lines, if your last name was Parker, would the collection go in the bathroom?

  30. Charisa March 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    LLLLLove all the LLLLL’s!

    I also love the gray paint – any chance you’ll share the name of it? It’s so hard to find the perfect shade!

    • emily March 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      The paint color is Slate by Restoration Hardware {color matched with Behr paint from HD}

  31. Estela March 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    It looks great! Love how you chose the different sizes of the letters and the colorway. thanks for sharing your ideas.

  32. Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life March 9, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    I love this! This is such a great display. :)

  33. Kristin March 9, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I love you wall of L’s! I have a wall of L’s in progress too (our last name begins with L as well). I’ve need to add some more L’s so these ideas are helpful. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Anna March 9, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    I love love love love love this! Definitely pinning it for my next house!


  35. Emily @ Peck Life March 9, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    This is so beautiful! The little chalkboard letter is my favorite… :)

  36. Lexie March 9, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    That is definitely the best yet for that space! I love how it uses all of the wall. Super fun!

  37. Erica {let why lead} March 9, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    I looks lovely! I love a good monogram, so a whole wall is that much better. I also love how you’re always changing things us.

  38. cailan March 9, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    cute, emily! always fun to change things up – though I must be mixed up about the layout of your home – thought the sliding window into the dining room was the first thing…hmmm

  39. {darlene} March 9, 2012 at 8:44 am #

    I love how your piano wall is your experiment corner! Must be all the creative energy coming from the piano??
    LOOOVE your L’s. Such fun!!!

  40. CT March 9, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    Love the Ls! My maiden name was an L but now I am a “T” collector — my one and only collection. I’m not sure why but the graphic punch of typography always enthralls me. Cheers – CT!

  41. stephany March 9, 2012 at 8:00 am #

    I love typography and WORDS. I just finished the wall going up our stairs, which is the first thing you see when you walk in our home…it says “CREATE”.
    I used different letters (from the craft store) painted them, and hung up large bulletin boards to showcase my kids artwork.
    I will be posting about it on my blog soon.
    I love your L wall!

  42. Tys March 9, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    I think it’s fantastic! I want to do that with “H”… but wasn’t sure how to go about it. So this is a great inspiration! I like all the different types… wouldn’t thought of just drawing one on chalkboard to add to the collage! Great idea!

  43. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door March 9, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    This is a great inspiration! I’ve got a spot over my piano that could use a little attention and I love typography!

  44. Kathleen Leonard March 9, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    I love all of your “L’s”. I too have a last name that starts with the letter L. I think I might use this same idea for my t.v. Room. You have inspired me to gather all of the L’s I have and put them together. Thanks, have a great day!!

  45. Lynne March 9, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    It’s no secret that I am partial to the letter “L” !
    I LOVE your new piano wall!

  46. Melaine Thompson March 9, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    I LOVE the L’s!!! Everything you do is fabulous! xoxo, Melaine

  47. Jenna March 9, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    Oh, it looks fantastic! I’m loving that huge watercolor “L” – what a statement piece.

  48. Bonnie @ uncommon March 9, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Lovely!!! I love the letters inside the frames, but not “framed” !! Thanks for always being an inspiration! Bonnie ;)

  49. Shelley March 9, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    I’m a sucker for typography as well. I’m really digging the water colored L, and think that’s a project I’ll tackle ASAP :)

  50. mary beth March 9, 2012 at 6:34 am #

    I LOVE it! I have a thing for typography too, so this wall display speaks to my soul. :-) Great job!

  51. Rebecca @This Nest is Best March 9, 2012 at 6:12 am #

    I love this! My married last name also starts with an “L” (Lemon) and accounts for my affinity for lemon themed parties :)

  52. Christi March 9, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    That’s just right! Looks wonderful. I may try something similar in my home – thanks!

  53. Sara March 9, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    I really love this! And after I am done using your painted wallpaper stencil on a desk I think I will use this inspiration as well. I just loooveee your blog!!

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