I am loving my newest DIY project – our gallery wall! It started with collecting ideas and plans and dreams for this wall and also the desire to hide our ugly doorbell cover without paying to get a new one…
Young House Love’s gallery wall was everything I’ve always wanted and more in a wall like this. There are photographs, special memories, color and all housed in white frames with white mats! I was obsessed and determined to make this for our house.
This is the wall I wanted to tackle. It is in the hallway and faces Conner’s living room. To the left is the main living room and to the right is the kitchen. While I LOVE this picture and awesome piece of OSU memorabilia, it needed to move into the ‘man’ living room and out of the main part of the house. The brown and linen doorbell cover was totally 80’s and needed a little face lift. Conner completely agreed so it was time to go to work!
When I started this project, I knew I did not want to pay for frames that were already white and did not want them all to be the same style. It took a couple of weeks and several trips to Goodwill and other thrift stores, but this is the compilation of frames I came up with. I played with the layout and just started nailing them in. I know, the horror! I didn’t measure, I didn’t use templates taped to the wall first, I just went with it. And I LOVE it!
There was some good and bad with the collecting of frames including this little gem I found at a local thrift store. Don’t try adjusting your screen – what you see is exactly what it is. A wooden frame (that I actually really liked, which is why I splurged and paid the $2 for it) with a mirror covered with a snow scene inside of it. Yeah, I know. Who thought this was a good idea and who originally had this hanging as-is in his/her house? I would love to have a drink with that person and find out why this was a good purchase.
Here’s how the wall looks now!! Love, love, love. It gives this little area so much personality and will be so fun to change as I get bored with it.
I took the glass (and/or snowy covered mirror) out of each frame and then used several coats of white spray paint to make them all uniform. Unfortunately, several of the frames either didn’t come with glass or the piece broke while I was trying to take it out. Have no fear – a local glass shop cut me new pieces for so cheap!
I tried to use pieces of fabric and photos that have meaning to us. I love the navy fabric in the top frame and it was the first sample I got for this house so I used that and the house in the picture next to it is our first house! (I know, collective “awwwww.”)
The picture in the wood frame is so much better than the previous mirror, right? That’s our wedding day and one of my most favorite pictures from that day. The chevron pattern above it is actually a wedding shower invitation we got! I loved the pattern and the color so I held on to it. Who knew it would be so perfect in this spot?
As you can see from the wood frame, my idea to use card stock instead of having mats cut for the pictures wasn’t the best idea. The paper is bending and the photos don’t look straight anymore. I think this will be the most expensive part of the project but it will make everything look so much better and more professional. I don’t want my DIY projects to look DIY.
Here’s another quick look at our before. I still need to change the light switch plate to pure white and the walls need to be painted but if I have to paint another wall, I might scream and hiring painters is out of the question right now.
But here is the after and I don’t even notice the yellow-beige wall color anymore! I am so happy with how this turned out and can’t wait to see how we change and evolve this wall. I want to find a couple little ‘things’ to fill in two of the larger gaps between frames but I want to find quirky and fun accents to accessorize them. This was so fun for me, I’m ready to do another wall!
Have you tried out the gallery wall thing yet? I would love to see what yours looks like and how you did it!