Monday, November 28, 2011

Photo Gallery Wall: Part 2 (The Reveal)

If you missed the first installment of my photo gallery wall, here's a quick reminder of what our empty stairwell looked like:

Then I spray painted a bunch of different frames white and ivory for a slight two-tone effect.

Then I used frame "templates" to determine the placement on the wall. For the most part, I just eyeballed the spacing between all the frames (I prefer this method over measuring).

Then I had to decide on what photos to display. I went through a bunch of our digital pics and chose several from various vacations, a couple from our wedding, and a couple more random ones. And because we don’t have any kids yet, I of course had to include the dogs. So other than that, we probably look really conceited by having so many pictures of ourselves. But in my defense, I do have a separate collage frame in our living room with photos of our families, so that counts for something…Anyway, I now present to you several gratuitous pictures of the finished wall!

Overall I really like it, and I'm glad I chose to do both white and ivory frames for a subtle contrast. Although now I kind of wish I would have used a couple round- or oval-shaped frames to break up all the square-ness. But I must say, having all our photos displayed on this huge wall really makes a big difference and makes our house feel more “homey” (3.5 years later)!

Here's a more recent picture taken after we painted all our walls gray.

Someday -- maybe when our basement is finished -- I may add more frames on the second flight of stairs to keep the gallery wall wrappping around the stairwell. (Update as of November 2016: This still hasn't happened yet... but a girl can dream!)

Oh, and if you're curious about the cost of this project, here's my estimated breakdown:
Frames: $25 (I used several I already had, then bought a few more on sale)
Spray paint: $10
Photos: $10 (printed at Sam's Club)

So, whaddaya think?  Was it worth the wait and the 2-part blog post?

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Lucky Girl said...

It looks great! I really like the monogram in the middle :)

Comeca Jones said...

I like the addition o the letter too!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This looks so darn good! I think that the stairway would be super challenging because of the slope, but you killed it! Looks great!

Anonymous said...

This turned out amazing! Your colors are fantastic. And I don't think it's conceited at all ... mainly because I'm planning a photo wall here too (and already blogged about some of the photos)!

Kate said...

It looks really good! I don't think you should worry about showing off photos of yourself either - you were doing what you love and you want to remember that! Nothing conceited there :)

Mrs. Chic said...

They turned our really good! I love gallery walls so pretty!

Rachel W K said...

amanda, your photo wall looks amazing. Using the paper to eyeball the frames is a great trick! love the 'D' in the middle, too!!

-rachel w k

RD said...

It looks wonderful, and I'd love to do something like this in my home too. Just don't know where!

FrouFrouBritches said...

That looks so good! You did a fantastic job! I desperately need to copy this and I love big monogram in the middle. Great job!

I'm visiting here from Amanda's.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

You did a great job!! Love the monogram. :)

Pudel-design said...

Really pretty good job!;)

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Oonafey said...

Totally worth the wait. ;D It looks great!

I have zero pictures of people in my house. It's weird, but I never have. I don't like them staring at me all the time. lol Although, J is so freakin' hot I may have to start putting pictures of us everywhere just so I can stare at him even when he's not around! haha


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