Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shabby to Chic DIY Photo Gallery

I've been working on this framed photo display for a while now.
I was inspired by my stellar sister-in-law Becca :) She has a wall filled with unique white frames and beautiful pictures of her little family. I couldn't help but follow her lead!
And I thought I'd share how I created mine with all of you :)

- PATIENCE IS THE KEY to this whole project! I've been collecting frames for months now...every time I go thrifting I go down the frame isle...$1-3 each, me likey :)
- INSPECT THE FRAME...even little nicks and scratches on wood will show up and be more apparent after you paint the frames.
- CHECK THE BACK...some have little nails or staples to hold the glass and backing (which makes it hard to remove). Go for the flat metal holders, or holders that kind of spin :)
- ALWAYS REMEMBER POTENTIAL :)

- WIPE OFF...and sand to smooth any areas you notice need it.

- SPRAY 1 COAT OF PRIMER, not much goes a long way.
- SPRAY 2-3 [light] COATS OF PAINT...if you over-do it the paint will bubble or crinkle :(
- BE SURE to let each coat dry before you apply the next.
- I LOVE KRYLON spray paint {from Walmart). Each can is under $4. (I used less than 3 of each for this project)

- Almost forgot this one...I chose to develop a group of photos from a sweet outing we had (remember that?)...you can go with a theme or just a collection of various memories :)
- I first ORDERED THEM AS 4x6's [from Costco, best prices I've found]...then decided which one's I wanted to enlarge.

- I FIRST ROLLED OUT some heavy duty construction paper (from our remodel) to create a "template." You could use wrapping paper too :)
- I displayed the frames and photos the way I wanted, then marked where the nails should go.


- TAPE UP "template" to the wall...then HAMMER (or in our case wrenched;) THE NAILS in the wall.
- After the nails were in we ripped and cut the paper off the wall, leaving the nails right where they should be! :)
- I used picture hanging nails (from Lowe's) and Command Picture Hanging Strips (from Walmart) to get all the frames up.


I included lots of details, but I promise it's not hard at all! Just patience with collecting and painting the frames :) But it's SO worth it. That's my favorite wall in the house now ;)

I've found [on my beloved Pinterest] a few more unique ways to display photos that'd I'm excited about...can't wait to get going on them!

** I'm sharing my project here:
Go see what other creative bloggers have been working on! :)

42 comments:

Mona "Lisa" said...

Can I just say how much I love your blog? I am such a big fan! Your wall is simply stunning and so classy! I have been meaning to do some wall art and have been having a hard time trying to figure out exactly which frames to use, etc. I am a friend of the Kjar's (went to preschool with Adam)! :) Anyway, great job on this tutorial and thanks again!!

Brooke said...

Haley! This is so awesome :) I definitely want to do this someday! and thank you so much for the comment you left me earlier today!

Ashley said...

Well Well WELL, little Ms. Haley! You are simply amazing!!! I have tried and tried to create an awesome photo wall, but to no avail! It never turns out how I see it in my mind! But now that I have your wonderful tutorial, I see good things in my photo adventure future!!! WHEEEE! I can't wait to try to replicate this! I have a whole crate of collected frames in all shapes and sizes...so at least that part is done!

p.s. I love the wall color!!

M said...

wow wow wow wow. this is so cool!! thanks for sharing. it looks great, you're so creative.

Carolee Beckham said...

seriously you are brilliant! :)

♡ Ambrosia said...

What a fantastic project! And I never would have thought of making a 'template' like that! Brilliant!
Thank you for sharing this!

Kiki said...

Wow! I am once again impressed with your creativity! I would say that I will copy this idea for my own home, but I know that I for sure would mess it up somehow! I made my mother in law something crafty for Christmas this past year with modge podge... it went terribly wrong. But I do enjoy seeing all the cute things you do. Your wall looks GREAT!

Shawntae said...

Yep another reason I love you! When I move into my new casa next week I will be doing just this. We are renting though so that is awesome you showed those sticky holder things. Love the way it turned out.

Crafty butt you are.

Janet said...

Oh this looks AWESOME!!! :)

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Sunshine Promises said...

LOVE IT, Hay! It looks fantastic! Can't wait to see it in person.

I am Megan said...

This is such an awesome idea! I will definitely keep it in mind when I have my own home some day! I love how the white contrasts with the white! It's perfect :)

Eva Marie said...

Girl this is simply fabulous! I love that you used the construction paper to layout on the wall where the pictures should go. I will do this FOREVER now, it will especially help my husband who seems to get very frustrated with hanging things hahah.

Love the white against the grey

Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride said...

I really love this!!! I've been wanting to do a picture wall in our living room for a long time. Need to start keeping my eyes open to cheap frames to paint.

Marsha said...

Gracious me! This is absolutely awe inspiring! Thanks to you!! Thanks to Becca! Thanks to blogging and tutorials. Some brilliant steps I'd not thought of. I'm so thrilled for your wall, and excited for all of your readers' walls. None of us will ever be the same! :)

Katie Marie said...

Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE this!! I wish I had a house to decorate! Maybe my apartment bedroom will have to do for now..

Penny said...

You are so creative :) Love it! It looks amazing! Can't wait to see it! YES, I'm still inviting myself over :)

Emily said...

well that looks amazing!

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Jennifer said...

This is so amazing. I've been collecting for months! I needed some more inspiration to keep looking for those cheap frames! Yours turned out great!

Katie said...

Haley this is beautiful. So impressed..so so impressed! Thank you for this awesome tutorial..this is a different way than I've seen in the past and really like it. I'm thinking all my bare walls in the new house are calling for this very thing :) Im also loving the wall colors and the moldings, so elegant! Great job!

Mrs. 2010sHousewife said...

I love it! It's beautiful! I'm your newest follower!

Trashy Decor said...

You did an AMAZING job! I have been wanting to add a photo wall in my home for awhile now...a mixture of my family and my girlfriends. Your wall is going to be my inspiration wall! It looks absolutely perfect! Your patience most definitely paid off.

Chelsea said...

this looks awesome!

Shauna said...

girlfriend...I did the same thing in our little idaho apartment! Except they were silver because we couldn't paint the walls. Sadly it's all packed up now but I'm glad to see you doing it too! It looks so gorgeous with the paint color and the white frames. DI and goodwill are the best :) I don't think I'll ever buy frames for full price again. Plus, it's so fun to do! Bravo my love.

ps. I don't know how I get so behind on your wall posts...you are so good at posting so often :)

Swirls of Happy said...

It looks soooo good!!!!! I love all white together to make a nice gallery. Love your blog, now following :)

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Brooke said...

This is in reply to the comment you left me: You are SOOO sweet, I always love when you comment :) and yes you can come throw me a bridal shower anyday! I don't think I'm getting one I'd be surprised if I was ! haha

Rachel Ashmore said...

Very nice! =)

Carolina said...

very aawesome diy!! :) thank you 4 the inspiration!hope you can check out my blog for some +vibes and happiness! oh, and i'm hosting a very cute giveaway!XO

heather {WhipperBerry} said...

OMGosh!!!!!!! This is the best tutorial I've ever scene! My dear you have a gift! Thank you, thank you!

Kisses

You Are My Fave said...

Nicely done! I love gallery walls and your gray wall.

Britney said...

Idea: STOLEN.
I love it! You're so creative! I've been trying to think of a non-tacky way of displaying a bunch of great photos and I'm definitely going to try this.

stephanie [the merry way] said...

YES - this looks SO good! You really applied patience to this project, I can tell! I did the same thing with thrift store frames but on a smaller scale. Yours seriously look so great! You've officially inspired me to make another gallery wall. Good job!

Jenn said...

This is so amazing! What a great idea buying old frames and painting them all the same color to match. I would have just looked for my specific color and wouldn't have thought to paint them. Great job and great idea!

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

this is RAD! great job lades, i love it and the tutorial is genius...template is what! happy weekend. ♥

Ty and Whitty said...

I love it! I pinned it for inspiration for when I do my living room gallery wall. Thank you for sharing. I am visiting from whipperberry's linky party. Come and say hi I love visitors and I am doing a really fun giveaway next week so come back and check it out.

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Gaby said...

Love this project! So glad i discovered your blog today :)

Shalyn said...

AMAZING! Great job lady!

amandabuckway said...

Love this project you did, it turned out amazing!!!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Love how this turned out. How smart to use white paint
for the frames! You hit it out of the park.

Warmly, Michelle

Kelly said...

I absolutely love this. My sister and I had started talking about doing a photo wall for my mother for her birthday and when I saw what you have done I knew that I had found our inspiration. Now we are off to comb through our local thrift stores for interesting looking frames. Thank you so much for sharing.

Hannah S said...

Lovely Haley! You've got talent. I love the colors of your walls and the wainscoting on the bottom as well. Great gallery!

Tell me, how did you feature this post on Tater-tots and jello?

Hannah S said...

Oh, and thanks for the wrapping paper tip. That's a great idea to put so many holes in wall.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Hi Haley - Fantastic wall college. I love the bright white against your chocolate walls - so pretty! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party - I greatly appreciate it. I hope you don't mind that I have included this in today's features. Hope you have a lovely holiday weekend ~ Stephanie Lynn

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