Well hello there! I’m so excited you dropped by! I am also excited to share my gallery wall that I created for this month’s Decorating Challenge. It’s all about gallery walls this month!
When we first decided to do gallery walls as a theme, I knew exactly where I wanted one: above our bed.
How about we see what was up there before though?
Yes I did just share a picture of my unmade bed with the world. 🙂
I really didn’t mind what I had up there. I was actually SO proud of it when I first put it together because I used all things I already had from my old house, but hadn’t used together before.
I really wanted to personalize it though.
And personalize it, I did!
Better? Much more personal for sure!
To create my wall, I gathered several pieces. Mostly frames and a few other things, and I arranged them on the floor until I was happy:
I knew I wanted to include photos from our wedding, but they were just not good ya’ll. Half were blurry. Bright flash in several. Others were so dark. I honestly didn’t really care when I first saw them because I was just happy we had our special day in photos, even if they weren’t perfect.
So when I wanted to incorporate some into my gallery wall, I decided to cheat and make them all black and white. That fixes so much! Of course I cropped and edited them like crazy too, but I ended up with some pretty decent photos after all.
That large one in the center was made using one of the frames I had up there before, so pretty much free!
I shared the sign on the top right on Tuesday.
It was made from a curbside find and you can see how I did it here. So also…free!
The scrolled white wood piece in the top left was also above the bed previously.
Our last name spelled out in black and white photos of architecture that resembled letters, was purchased at a craft market several years ago. I snagged it from our dining room. 🙂
The gold frames all came from this yard sale day:
I pulled them from my stash and dusted them off. I decided to give them a silver toned finish. I spray painted them black first:
Then Rustoleum’s Metallic Bright Silver:
Then I immediately took an old rag and patted and dragged it across the frames to reveal some of the black beneath, and age them a bit.
You can see better here:
Collecting everything was the hard part…hanging it all was EASY!
- After I had everything redone and ready to go, I laid it all out again:
When I was happy with the layout, I took photos with my phone for reference.
- Using brown paper, I cut a silhouette of each gallery item:
- I marked what each one represented as well as where the hangers were on the back of each.
- Then I taped them to the wall:
- I then used my markings to add nails:
(A somewhat crooked picture of me…nailing nails to the wall.) Does it get more exciting than this??
Yes!! Because this was the EASIEST way to hang a gallery wall ever!
(I hung the original six items the very same way!)
- Remove the paper and hang your gallery!
Easy! And I love how it turned out!
A tribute of sorts to me and my sweet hubby. There are photos of our sweet boys all over the house, but I wanted this space to belong to just us.
I did purchase two things new…the pretty mirrored frame in the bottom right corner, from Homegoods. For $12.99, how could I say no?
And I found this beautiful clock at Michaels. I decided to leave the battery out and set it to the time we got married. (Not sure if I could listen to the tick tock at night!)
I painted the gold oval frame that was to the right in my first layout, white, and created something sweet to put in it. Then I put it inside the larger oval frame. (I also painted it black first, then followed with white and rubbed off the raised areas.)
That larger oval frame was a yard sale find also, one of a pair I found. You might remember I used the other one to create this pretty tray:
Are you surprised my bedroom furniture isn’t painted?
This is usually a really bright space, so I love the warmth of the wood in here. It was quite overcast when I took these photos.
For more gallery wall inspiration, be sure to check out what my beautiful co-hosts are sharing:
If you have a fabulous gallery wall, we want to see it! Take a photo and hop on over to our Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum on Facebook and share with us! We created this forum not only so you could participate in our fun decorating challenges, but also so that you have a judge-free zone to share your projects any time, ask questions, and hang out with other creatives just like you!
But wait! There’s more! Let’s play on Instagram too!
Here’s how to play:
1. Add your own post on Instagram
2. Tag it with the #DecorEnthusiast
3. Follow all 6 of your hosts here:
We will choose one winner that will be featured on all 6 blogs this Saturday!!
Next month we will have a new co-host joining us… a great big welcome to Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage!!
Next month’s challenge will be styling bookcases/shelves! Guess I better find a bookcase. 🙂
P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I did to this club chair:
Update: See the makeover of this chair here now! 🙂
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