Sunday, March 4, 2012

Gallery wall details

Okay, so yesterday I showed you our new gallery wall in our hallway and a few tips on how to make some frame worthy artwork and pictures.
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The first thing I wanted to do was paint most of the frames white. Our hallway is dark, and not that wide so not a lot of light gets back there. White makes me think of clean, fresh, and bright. Perfect for a dark hallway. If you want to brighten it up that is.  And since I am in love with teal right now, I decided a couple of the frames, and some of the mats would look great in that color.
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I kept the little chalkboard frame I had done long ago, but I did a little trick with it. I really like chalkboard frames, I enjoy that you can put little messages on them, change them up whenever you feel like it, and personalize them to your heart’s content. What I don’t like is getting chalk dust all over. So instead of using regular chalk, I use chalk pens. (I LOVE chalk pens!) But chalk pens do not love chalkboard paint.  After you use them on a chalkboard painted surface and then try to clean the chalkboard off, you can clearly see the writing/design left from the pens.  So pay attention to this tip. If you are like me, and love chalk pens, all you have to do is turn your glass around. This will give you a smooth surface to write on, but still look like a chalkboard because of the black background. 
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And it’s so simple to clean off. You can clean it with a glass cleaner and paper towels and it won’t leave any residue or streaks. And if you do it this way, it would be super easy to paint the glass any color. You don’t have to just settle for a black “chalkboard.” 

I also took a couple of empty frames, that I found thrifting, painted them white, ditstressed them, and strung wire across the middle of them so I could hang some pictures. I printed off some of my favorite Instagram pics…
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I think these are two of my favorite things about our gallery wall. Sometimes printing pictures can be expensive, but when you print pictures off of your printer at home, onto some white cardstock, you can save money and still have some cute photos.  Using clips to hang them makes them easy to change out and update.  Plus, wouldn’t it be cute to hang a little card you made your husband, or a picture your kids drew for you, or even some kind of special keepsake.

Hope you guys are inspired to create your own gallery wall, or find clever ways to add some personality and fun to your home. 

Thanks for coming by!  And if you have any pictures of your own gallery wall, let me know. I’d love to check them out!


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7 comments:

Christine said...

I love your gallery wall! The frames with the clips are so smart and great looking. It's great to have to option to change pictures out!

Theresa said...

Love your blog :) I found it googling "how to clean AS wax on a brush". I'm now your newest follower.

nest of posies said...

love it all! the colors & the clothespins for the pics - genius!

xoxo
kellie

Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...

you can come over and hang our photos if you want :) love this!

Candice said...

Cute wall grouping!! Found you via Pinterest.

Tina @ Girl Meets Globe said...

Looks great!! Love it!

Karla said...

I love the gallery. "be kind" is one of my favorite quotes. :)