Another gallery wall

26 Jun

You know what the Internet needs? Another gallery wall. That’s right, we put one up in our living room. Mostly, it is just frames right now. I really wanted a place to congregate some of our old family photos–like only black and white family photos. So I started searching the clearance rack at Michael’s and the ginormous frame sections at Deserest Industries and Salvation Army. Then we spray painted them all a metallic charcoal. Check it.

This is my first pathetic attempt. I had no idea how many frames, what size the wall needed, etc. But everyone has to start somewhere, I suppose.

Then we spray painted them. Tip: wood and plastic frames take the paint much better than metal. Oops.

After much weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth (aka standing here staring at the frames) we finalized a layout and traced it on some craft paper (that was traced to the shape of the wall).

Next we taped the paper to the wall and we Alec got to work.

Now the frames are up and lookin’ good.

I kind of neglected to think that I was going to have to get a mat cut for each frame, which is more expensive than all the frames, prints, and paint themselves cost. So the picture part is coming along a lot more slowly. In fact, finding pictures for this project has turned into another project (much more massive in nature). I am now getting all the old family photos and digitizing them–which in turn means organizing the prints. It is giving me a headache just thinking about it. There are so many pictures from both sides of our family that it is hard to pick which ones to display. Organizing scanned pictures, and otherwise, is extremely daunting to me. Anyone have any advice about how best to do it? What works for you?

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3 Responses to “Another gallery wall”

  1. Dana June 26, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    I wouldn’t even attempt such a thing, lol. Way too daunting for Dana…

  2. rokthisway June 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm #

    Whatever, you could totally do this!

  3. Angela Van July 24, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Wow you have done sooo much work!!! I love it!!!

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