Nearly 2 years after our renos began, I finally got some inspiration to complete the gallery wall. I was always under the impression that all of the frames would have to match and being very frugal, didn't want to spend a lot of money buying new frames. Until....
after checking out these amazing blogs...
from GARDNERS 2 BERGERS
I realized that incorporating different frame styles, sizes and artwork in with photos is the perfect way to display our memories. I pulled all these items out of the closet, dusted them off and started arranging them on the living room floor.
I then got started with measuring which was fairly time consuming, but I am a little bit particular in some areas and apparently this was one of them! I originally thought I would write about all the nitty gritty measuring details, but I quickly realized that you would likely fall asleep just as I was starting too with all those boring details! Let's just say there was a lot of measuring done!
Ok, next I started hammering in some nails that I found in an old Sucrets tin and hanging the goods up as I went along. After everything was in place, I started painting five of the frames that I wanted black. I applied two coats of DecoArt Black paint and then after they dried applied a coat of DecoArt Glazing Medium to add a little shine.
I hung those photos back up and knew that there were two more items I wanted to include - a piece of Subway art and a Last Name Photo Collage. I will post they DIY instructions soon!
I am thrilled with the way our gallery wall turned out! Our girls love to look at the photos of themselves, their grandparents, great-grandparents and our wedding photo (and so do I)!
The only thing I need to complete this project is to add some fun tack to the bottom back of the frames (a trick my mother-in-law told me about) to hold the frames in place and position the track lighting. UPDATE - I finally got the fun tack added and it has made a huge difference. No more off-kilter pictures as the kids run by or a door gets slammed!
Now that my mom is back from Europe I can help her plan her gallery wall!
Sorry for the lack of "head-on" photos, but this hall space is pretty tight!