Monday, February 17, 2014

My Family Gallery Wall

Hey I'm on a roll with blogging! Ha! actually posting once a week - woo hoo!  Today I just want to show you my gallery wall and how it's coming along. 

A couple of years ago I put these two things on the wall in the family room with the intention of adding to it. Well, you know what they say about good intentions :)


Okay, so not bad, but definitely not very exciting either.  I finally started adding to the gallery.  I took some pictures from another spot in the house and moved them over here.. and also took two of hubby's pictures and gave them a bigger frame with a mat, and hung those up.  I bought one white frame and stuck it in there to hold the space. (sorry for the blurry pic)


Now we're on a roll.  This is definitely more interesting and fun.  I had the two bigger pictures of hubby and his kids and one picture of us all to go along with the individual head shots of the kids.  I needed to balance it out and add more of my kids.

About a week later I figured out which pictures to print and frame.  I had a frame I picked up from Ross for about $5, but I didn't like the way you had to hang it.  It had two small holder thingies on the back and I knew it would end up uneven and driving me crazy.  I took some floral wire, which is very easy to bend, and ran it between the two holder thingies so I would be able to hang it on one nail.


I adjusted the wire and twisted it around itself to the length where when I hung it the nail wouldn't show.  MUCH easier to hang now.





I knew I wanted the white frame to be gold, and hold a very special picture, so I spray painted the frame and added a picture of my daughter, her husband, and their sweet little angel.






I am very happy with they way it's coming together.  A lot of people have tutorials on putting together a gallery wall, and they make a lot of sense.  But, I'm an impatient person so I didn't measure anything, I didn't trace my frames on craft paper to make a mock-up wall, I just started hanging.  I'm not saying that's the best way to do it, that's just the way I did it.  Absolutely if you feel you need to plan it more then you should.  As long as you are happy with the results, I think the getting there can be whatever works best for you.. :)

The wall is plenty big enough to add more pictures, but I really like to let it grow naturally.  I do not plan on it being two more years before I add to it this time. I'll be back with an update when I do.

I have another small gallery that I showed here, when I talked about my black doors.  I love them and want one in my master bedroom next!  Do you have any gallery walls in your house? I would love to hear about them!

Love,
Kelli

10 comments:

  1. i love it kelli...especially that family picture with their angel <3

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  2. Beautiful! I love the sign in the middle!

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  3. It looks beautiful!

    -Erin @ DIY on the Cheap

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  4. Love your gallery Kelli, I desire to have Family gallery walls in my entire stair well and entry hall! It will have to wait til we get around to completeing that area :(. Beautiful!!!

    Cindy@GlassSlipperRestorations.com

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  5. I’m absolutely hooked by this! I am not a good commentator for art walls and DIY or interior designing, yet I found your home more beautiful! Wall photo is one of the centers of attraction. Classy!

    Sebastian Chuter

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  6. Looks GREAT, Kelly! I love the gold frame... breaks up the black perfectly! I'm working on one over my sofa, too... great minds!
    xo Heidi

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  7. Wow, this looks beautiful! Great work!

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  8. I love your photo wall collage. Looks great. I need to re-do my hallway wall.
    Couldn't find a way to follow your blog. I'm visiting today from BoB group on fb. Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Kim
    2justByou

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  9. Love your gallery wall! and I use the wire trick too....only men would use a 2 nail system to hang something! Women are smarter then that...The other trick I use is those Velcro picture hanging strips. For the lighter (under 3 lbs) stuff...They actually work pretty good but can be kinda expensive since you have to use 2 strips on each side for 8x10 pictures. Love the black and white color scheme and that animal print throw too!

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  10. Good job! That came out really nice :)

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