For the longest time I've been wanting to do a gallery wall. Well, I got the push I needed...my father-in-law sent us a big ol' box of pictures of the family. Lots of Mr. Incredible's grandparents and great-grandparents and of him when he was a youngster. I had a few boxes of pictures of my family too.
So the time was perfect to put it into motion. I was a bit hesitant because as you can see we have painted panelling behind the couch and it's not like you can change your mind later on and move the pictures and fill the holes with spackle and paint over it. Nope the hole is there for good unless you want to rip down the panelling but I like the panelling.
I had some left over painters' paper so I pieced together three strips and with blue painter's tape. I put the whole piece up on the wall to see if that was about the size of the gallery I wanted. Then I collected my frames and pieces I wanted to use. I wanted it to be pretty cohesive in color and types of frames. Shades of white, distressed, and a bit of metals. I had most of the frames on hand from my book shelves and if I needed more to fill in I went to Michaels and used my 40% coupon on them or I hit TJMaxx, where I found several on sale. I must say I moved them around a lot for a few days to see If I was satisfied with the placement. As I added the pictures to the frames I changed my mind on where they would go.
When I thought I was happy with the look I traced around all of the artifacts and frames. This was probably the most laborious of the project was to measure where the nail would sit on the back of the frame. I marked the whole with a circle then it was time for Mr. Incredible to do his thang.
He hammered the nails into the circle marks and then we ripped the paper down. You can see in the above photo the slight outlines.
There is a lot of history on this wall, it's amazing. The oval picture up top is my great grandmother on my Mothers side when she was 15 in Mexico, it's from the 1800's. The picture on the lower right corner is my father-in-law and my husband's mother at their Prom at the same high school my girls go too!
Finally, I can now check mark that box of my long list of " Things To Do". Next....painting the kitchen cabinets........