Wow! This has been a project in the making since last summer! The photos have been lining the floor of the playroom for far too long……It has actually become a family joke! It has not been a difficult project, just very time consuming.
Yes my kids are 16 and 14 ! AND yes I still have make them visit Santa each year for a photo. My son’s first Christmas photo was in Atlanta at Phipps Plaza. Every year after that it was at Mitchell’s Photography in Greenville, SC. He has used the same Santa up until the last 2 years due to failing health. 🙁 There has never been a mention of “Is there a Santa Claus?” in our house. I think they are afraid if they mention it….then they won't get the Santa loot!
The photos have become so many over the years that I only displayed them at Christmas. Trying to find a spot for each one was crazy! I came up with the idea of a gallery wall for them. I didn’t want Christmas year around downstairs, but I had the perfect spot in an upstairs hallway off the laundry room and bonus room.
This project has so many mini projects within that I am going to divide it into several posts so be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss any of it!
This is a hallway with no natural light. I really struggled with my regular point and shoot to get the full wall in the shot. I ended up using my IPhone 5 for these pictures. It is a hallway so there is no way to get a nice straight on shot….all are on angles.
I have requested demanded that they sit with Santa through high school. Mitchell tells me that he does have college kids that still come for their moms so I have this hidden secret desire for more!!!!!
Now that this wall is complete the other wall looks kind of sad and mismatched. I’m sure it will be getting a makeover very soon!
The frames were all mismatched in different gold tones throughout the years. They were all unified with an Annie Sloan Chalk Paint treatment.
I kept checking Hobby Lobby sales for when the frames would go on sale for 1/2 price. I picked up 4 frames. Two of them are on either side of the chalkboard. Do you wonder why the scrapbook paper is in these??? We have 4 more years left and I wanted the gallery wall in place. The scrapbook paper acts as a placeholder until the photo is completed for that year. The paper was left over from my Christmas Angels Rejoice banner. This idea would also work great if you wanted to do a gallery wall of school pictures. You could use scrapbook paper and pintables to act as placeholders through the years!
The letters represent my children’s names, Woods and Ashlyn.
The wall shelves are from Goodwill at $2 a piece.
Framed print stored in attic turned into a chalkboard
Here is a before: The planning phase
Before there was a large framed print from my 16 year old’s nursery hanging of a group of Victorian looking children playing Tug-of-War. On the right wall are black and white canvas wrapped prints.
This print has just been filling space with original plans of changing out the mat color. Eight years later…..still the same mat.
I have really enjoyed the gallery wrapped canvases. There is a link in the sidebar to order your own!
Here is a the layout of the gallery wall. Laying it out on the floor like this allows you the flexibility of changing the arrangement around to fit. It sat like this on the bonus room floor for 3 weeks before I was able to start painting the frames.
Update: Painting the frames tutorial with ASCP is here.
There will be several blog posts for this gallery wall. Please subscribe for upcoming posts on:
- Prepping, painting and waxing of the frames and wall shelves
- Transferring the gallery wall layout to the wall and hanging
- Turning a framed print into a chalkboard
- Inexpensive cardboard letters finished with an antique brass look
- Mini moss covered wreath
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