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!
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.
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.”
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.
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)
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….