If you’ve taken our house tour you may have noticed there are very few pictures hanging on the walls. It’s been driving me crazy but I just hadn’t gotten around to finding frames, pictures that fit and getting them hung. But this past weekend I dug out the frames we used at the apartment. Some were painted gray, some I had started spray painting white and some were still black.
Before I headed to the garage to give them a fresh coat of paint I traced them with leftover brown wrapping paper from Christmas. Several times I’ve tried to hang pictures and ended up making unnecessary holes in the wall. This time I decided to take Young House Love’s advice and arrange paper on the wall first. Another handy thing about using paper is that I could write on it what picture I wanted in each frame and the size I needed to order.
Next, I headed out to the garage to give them a fresh coat of paint. Last summer I tried spray painting them. Even though spray paint is great for preventing drips, I didn’t like the “chalky” finish it gave the frames. Instead of buying new glossy spray paint, and battling the elements, I decided to use leftover white trim paint we already had in the garage.
The only “bad” thing about my well thought out plan is that the frames I had weren’t average sizes. When I bought them from Goodwill some had prints or drawings in them–instead of pictures. When they were hanging at the apartment I cut an oversized map to fit each frame. But when I started trying to figure out what size prints to order, most of the frames would need custom mats. I wasn’t willing to fork over the money for custom mats and I was too invested to not finish. To get the wall finished I decided to borrow the frames from Noah’s nursery. With the exception of one frames, they were still hanging empty and I figured a 4-month old wouldn’t mind anyway. 🙂
I knew I wanted to have as many family pictures on the wall as possible. At our wedding reception, I asked our moms to find pictures of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents on their wedding days (or as close as they could find). We hung them on a piece of twine over the gift table with a tag that had their wedding date.
I added one of our wedding pictures, pictures of us with our families, an old-fashioned picture we had taken on our honeymoon, and some of Noah to the mix. I’m loving our new gallery wall and getting to display some of our favorite pictures.