Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Gallery Wall

I’m not a quick decorator.  Kind of problematic for someone who moves around every few years, huh?  I have friends who have all of their boxes unpacked and everything hung on their walls within two weeks of moving into a new house.  That’s not me.

When we moved into our house this summer, I knew that I wanted to do something different over our couch in the family room.  8 years and 5 houses with the same pictures over the couch was getting a little old for me.

So I decided to do something different.  I wanted a gallery wall.  But it wasn’t until the end of January that I really started getting everything together – ordering canvases and prints, getting frames, etc.

The last of my prints came in on Saturday, and by Sunday evening, my wall was finished!

Gallery Wall
(My poor, poor 9 year old couch is in its sixth house.  I’m holding out on getting a new one until Evelyn is potty trained.)

I spent Saturday night framing my pictures, figuring out my layout on the family room floor, tracing everything out on parchment paper, and hanging the paper up on the wall where I wanted the pictures to go.

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It sounded really easy on Pinterest, but by the end of the night my back was aching and I had a major headache.

Sunday after we got home from the museum, I got started hanging everything up.  I even had a little “helper.”

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Gallery Wall

I love looking at our “family wall” now and thinking back on the memories from each picture –
a spur of the moment photo session in the middle of a road
Evelyn’s first birthday
Fall family photos
Daddy-Daughter dance in Monterey
Trenton’s 6th birthday
Fall photo session back when Trenton still liked kisses
USS George H. W. Bush homecoming

And that initial.  I made that two Saturdays ago when I had a child-free house for a few hours.

DIY Initial - She did this for less than $5!

I bought the S at Michael’s for less than $5.  I used tacky glue to make designs on the S (after drawing where I wanted them with pencil).  Then I did a couple different coats of paint. 
First coat – linen 
Second coat – gold metallic mixed with a little water
Third coat – a brown wash (brown paint mixed with quite a bit of water)
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I had all of the paint and glue on hand, so it turned out to be a really cheap project.  And I’m happy with how it turned out!

Now on to finish decorating the rest of the house….

9 comments:

Amanda said...

Love it! I always just sporadically start hanging stuff. Sometimes it works out how I want. Lol.

Amanda said...

Love it! I always just sporadically start hanging stuff. Sometimes it works out how I want. Lol.

Jen said...

I love it, it turned out great!

Janelle Vannice said...

I love it!! It looks great, and all the photos are awesome! :) I have plans for a gallery wall someday... not in this house but maybe our next! :)

Traci@TheHallway said...

Looks great!! I love gallery walls!!

Amanda B. said...

It looks so good!

Shannon said...

I love the mix and match of frames / colors/ canvas. Very eclectic! And of course, I adore ALL the photos inside.

Alejandra said...

Looks great! I'm dying to get some canvases made!

♥ ♥ Just a Girl in Love w/ a Soldier ♥ ♥ said...

It looks great!!! I like the S you made!!
I was that person to have our house completely unpacked picture hung and boxes gone all within a weekend. I'm kinda obsessed with having the house look like a home and in order. Im sure if we had kiddos things wouldn't be done as quickly.