7.01.2012

Gallery Wall

I knew that I wouldn't be posting as often through the summer, but oh boy, I never intended to drag this project out for as long as I have!  I'm finally ready to show you my dining room/kitchen gallery wall.  When I started this project, my goals were to fill the empty space, add some color,  a little whimsy, and make it different and fun.


I tried and tried to get better pictures of this wall, but with poor natural lighting, glares on the glass, and the contrasts of darks and lights, I haven't been able to take a photo that really shows how bright this grouping is.  Oh well.


There were two things that I needed to work around, the clock and the thermostat. I decided to just pretend that the thermostat wasn't there and fit the frames around it as best I could. I tried to mimic the round shape of the clock with the monogram and the nest.

I pulled the colors from the fabric that I used to make my kitchen curtains.  I love this fabric and discovered it thanks to a post at I am Momma Hear Me Roar.  As soon as I saw it I knew it was just what I was looking for!


This shows where I'll add all of our personal photos...


...and this is a collage of how my wall would look if I had hung the frames up as they looked when I bought them.  In some crazy coincidence, all of the dollar store and thrift frames that I used were originally gold or purple.   I bought the tan frame on the bottom row on clearance a few years ago for $3.


I have very little experience with grouping frames, so I tried a lot of different combinations before I found one that I thought would work and in the process gave up on the whole thing--twice.



Click on the links for the tutorials of each project.






Key Holder
Rather than hang the key directly on the wall, I used a scrap piece of mdf and made a holder for it.  I painted it just like I painted the frame with the birds and branches and added a couple of hooks.  It's hung on the wall with Command strips.  I've been thinking about adding a stencil to it.


I could have just gone to the store and bought frames and hung them on the wall, but I'm glad that I didn't.  It took a lot longer to redo all of the dollar store and thrift frames, but for someone who loves to craft, that's the fun part!


Today's Fabulous Find...Thrifty Gallery Wall


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13 comments:

Shelley said...

It looks great! Where did you get your key (I tried finding a tutorial and realized you must have bought the key on it's own)?

Gremma said...

I love, LoVe, LOVE this wall! I have pinned various parts of it as you have posted. I am going to do the vinyl birds on the window. I actually have a 4 pane window just like that! I love the fabric you have for the curtain! I went to "I am Momma..." to try to find the fabric, but she has like 8 zillion references to fabric and I couldn't find it. Could you share where you got the fabric? And maybe the name of the Silhouette file? I would like to buy that one!

tink's mom said...

Janet,

This is a note of thanks for your subway art. please stop by my blog selinaquilts.blogspot.com to see what I have done with a couple of them.

Your wall is great. Don't know which piece I like best. By the way I am now a follower (Tink's Mom).

Karen said...

Love all of this Janet! Love how it all looks together. You are so talented:)

JOY 2 JOURNEY said...

What a great way that was pieced together one at a time! I love the before frames and after. I am having a linky party at my place if you want to share your talent with us! You always have so much to share :)
Hugs,
Bj

lynn said...

the wall looks wonderful, janet! the before and after is amazing--love the colors, too:) have a great 4th!

sashkonela said...

Soooo talented! Everything is perfect. Especially a family tree. So symbolic and complete!

Janet said...

To Shelly: Thank you! I bought the key at Real Deals for $4. This is such a fun store to browse through! If you have any questions about how I put the key holder together I have some pictures and could put together a tutorial, just let me know. :)

Janet said...

To Gremma: Thanks so much! Here's the link to the post on the fabric--http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2012/04/front-room-reveal.html

--and here's the information on the fabric, I bought it at JoAnn Fabrics:
45 Home Essentials
FC Uninhibited Beachglass 100% Cotton
Machine wash cold, delicate cycle. Do not bleach. Line dry. Cool iron.

I'll look for the name of the Silhouette file and get back to you with it.

Joy@Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

I love what you have done, it looks great!

Bellenza Wedding Bistro said...

A photo gallery like yours is always such a heartwarming addition to a home!

Susan said...

I miss your posts Janet...hope your summer is going well. Check in with the blog soon. :)

Janet said...

It is going well, thanks Susan! I actually haven't been crafting much lately, I'm just trying to survive the Summer heat.:) I'll try to post soon. Hope you're having a nice summer as well!

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