Wednesday

Inexpensive Gallery Wall

We all know that gallery walls are quite popular these days.  In fact I have several in my own home.  I mentioned on Monday that I was looking for way to fill up this wall without spending a lot.  I love using black and white family photos, but we have a wall full of them on the opposite wall in the living room.  I love my family more than anything, but I didn't want guests to be bombarded with pictures everywhere.  I ended up coming up with a few DIY ideas to fill the space and keep it interesting.  

A while back I won some pretty amazing paint markers from a giveaway over at Brittany Makes.  I've been trying to come up with a project to use them on and decided to try a little abstract art in gold.  It took me about 5 seconds to finish it and I really like the graphic punch.  You don't have to have anything special to make this art, you can just use good old paint and a paintbrush like I did for these.  For the gold Ampersand I used my Silhouette machine and some gold foil.  If you have a silhouette machine I highly recommend the gold foil.  It gives you a shiny finish like the popular gold foil prints.  It's hard to capture the way it shines in a picture but in real life it's pretty reflective.  Even if you don't have a silhouette, the ampersand print would be easy to create with a stencil or you could just print it out in a fun color.  


I've seen a lot of cute little signs with family rules posted on them and thought it would be a fun addition to the gallery wall.  I'm no graphic designer so it's pretty simple and straightforward but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.


Here's the printable if you want one of your own.  You can also download it here.


 I stole the silhouette from our stairway gallery wall.  It's a silhouette of my husband from when he was a kid.  The bottom print is actually just a picture from an old book my mom bought me from Goodwill.


The mirror was a thrift store find and the antlers were from Target.  I grabbed them after Christmas when they went on clearance.  Up in the top left corner I framed an agate slice that I had gotten on clearance a while back.  I stuck it in a shadow box and held it in place with a dab of hot glue.


I did throw in one family picture at the top just for something different and more personal.  I'm sure it will continue to grow and change as time goes by which is part of the fun of having a gallery wall.

30 comments:

Bethany DeVore said...

Love it all and the paint project with the markers turned out amazing!

Bethany DeVore said...

so many fun ideas. i love your take on making any pretty object a piece of art.

Bethany DeVore said...

oh love it! and i agree with julia and emily- your art rocks!

Bethany DeVore said...

Love the old book page. I;m in the middle of gathering art and frames for a neutral gallery wall. Can't wait to share!

Bethany DeVore said...

Love it Bethany - chic and simple! Reminds me on how much I need to update our basement gallery wall!

Bethany DeVore said...

Love the ampersand. Want type of foil do you use with the Silhouette?

Bethany DeVore said...

the gallery looks awesome! Love the DIY abstracts! I also love a great mix on a gallery wall! Looks fabulous

Bethany DeVore said...

You came up with a great arrangement! I love your Family Rules. Do I recognize a few Michael's frames? ;)

Bethany DeVore said...

I love gallery wall and searching my house for items to use? I did that above my master bedroom coffee station! Great post :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Now you already know I'm a sucker for a good gallery wall! I love it Bethany. I love that it has a collected feel to it.

Bethany DeVore said...

It all looks so great! There's more art to arranging a gallery wall than it might seem and you are awesome at it :)

Bethany DeVore said...

You make it look so effortless & chic! Love the personal & DIY touches. Also wishing I had grabbed one of those mounted antlers when I had the chance!

Bethany DeVore said...

Love the little collection you put together! I need to get my hands on a Silhouette machine ASAP!

Bethany DeVore said...

love this! It's perfect!

Bethany DeVore said...

It is such a great investment, I've used mine so much!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much Jennifer! There was quite a bit of rearranging going on before I got it right! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Shavonda! That's just the look I was going for :)

Bethany DeVore said...

A master bedroom coffee station?!? I need one of those! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Jennifer! Yes you do, they were such a great deal. I wish I had grabbed a few more. Thanks for letting us know about the sale!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Laura! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

I ordered it from Amazon, here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Silhouette-MEDIA-GLD-ADH-Printable-Gold-Foil/dp/B008RX1B28/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390562360&sr=8-1&keywords=silhouette+gold+foil

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Julia! They are really fun to work with. I'm wishing I had a few more colors.

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Emily! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thank you! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Oh fun, I love the look of a neutral gallery wall!

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Kristin, you know I can't stay away from gold! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks Vel! I've got a gallery wall in my stairway that could use some serious attention too :)

Bethany DeVore said...

Thanks so much Sarah! :)

Bethany DeVore said...

love the mirror and this wall great job

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