Monday, January 14, 2013

Gallery Wall

I have had this picture pinned forever.  I think it was one of my very first pins.


And, Jennifer from Hope Studios recreated it in her space.


I also pinned this wall gallery.


As you can see, I like the uniform look of the picture layouts.  

Square pictures.  Equal spacing.

And I finally found some time to redo the wall in our basement.  

When we finished our basement (5 years ago), I quickly found 6 of my favorite pictures, had them printed in black and white and tossed them into some UBER CHEAP Walmart frames 
that I spray painted black.

Here is what I ended up with:


Blah, boring and none of Smiley!

Well, things have changed :) 

I started with a plan.  A plan for 9 new pictures.  

I knew I wanted them to be 12x12's and I didn't want big clunky frames (simple, almost frameless).  
I also didn't want to spend the money to make the into canvas' for two reasons.  One, the $$ and two, 
I like to change things up and wanted to be able to swap out pictures without having to create yet another canvas.

I began frame shopping and ended up finding some at Michaels that I liked.  (This one is not the exact one I purchased, but very similar!)  Luckily I found them during the Christmas shopping season and besides them being on sale , they also had additional 25% off coupons!  Oh yeah...... :)

Anyway, with Hubby's help (more like I assisted the Hubs) we measured and leveled 9 frames.  Put the pictures in them and hung them up.  

~ Voila ~ 



So much better!  

BUT...

I loved it so much, and the wall is so big, and there were so many more pictures I wanted to use, that we ended up purchasing and hanging 9 MORE frames.

That's right 18 pictures in all.





AND I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

Details:
Frames ~ Michaels (similar to these)
Photos ~ 12x12 printed at Costco

** The only thing I don't like is that Costco only prints 12x12 prints in a glossy finish.  So, there is a bit a glare.  In the future, I may look for a printer that prints 12x12's reasonably in a matte finish.


7 comments:

Deborah said...

I absolutely love this look. Thanks for sharing.

Dear Emmeline said...

very pretty. I love the way the pictures look without a mat and visible frame!

teenah said...

Your gallery wall looks AWESOME. I love that you did more pictures. It looks great!

Angel said...

Wow! It looks so stunning! You did an amazing job creating a beautiful gallery for your family.

BeCr8iv said...

This turned out really beautiful! I loved that you added more photos, it gives a better weight to the space. GREAT job!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love the GIANT version of this wall! Need more pictures!

Kayla Janachovsky said...

Beautiful. I might have to do something like this in my guest bedroom! I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-diyers-link-party.html