October 8, 2011

Gorgeous Gallery Wall . . .

Hello there, Thrifty Decorator Ladies!  My name is Cailan from Everyday Lovely where I share simple ways to make and find the lovely in everyday living.

Today I'm sharing with you a problem you might have to: I take a lot of pictures of my kiddos and I wanted a way to display current photos and be able to change them out easily.  But, I did not want to be continually taking off the backs of frames and centering pics, cleaning glass, etc.  

My solution was this Quick Change-it-Out Photo Gallery.

To begin, I dug out all the dusty frames I could find.  I wanted an eclectic look, so I collected both gold and silver with bronzy ones for some color depth.  If you had a really odd assortment it would be easy to paint them all black or a fun color for a unified look. 

I took off the cardboard backs, took out the glass and hung them up like so. 

Since the frames are just balancing on a nail (unless you want to add a sawtooth hook to the backs) I added some tacky gum (from Hobby Lobby) to make them stable.

When printing out your photos it makes all the difference if you add a white border.  You can do this with Picnik or at Walgreens online (called a "Studio" border at Walgreens).  This helps give the idea of a mat on the picture and makes for a more finished look.  I also ordered some 5x7 as well as 4x6's to add some variety as to size.

Because I had a lot of frames around (and they are pretty easy to find cheap at thrift stores), this project was really only the cost of the pictures and the $1.99 tacky gum.  I love being able to put new pictures up as soon as I get a fresh batch printed...which reminds me I need to take some fall pictures quick!

Thanks so much for having me Nikki - can't wait to see that basement!


Cailan, thanks so much for visiting!

I just love Caillan's blog!  And right now she's running a giveaway!  So head over and follow Everyday Lovely for a chance to win some of this Lollia Handcreme!

And we (well, my lovely dad!) are (is) routing the trim today for the beadboard in our "new" basement!!

There are Target coupons available for all of these supplies.


Shannon said...

That is super cute! What a great idea to keep the pictures always rotating. I've been trying to figure out a way to do this with the kid's (who I nanny for) artwork!

Shannon @ Imperfectly-Inspired

Sally said...

How clever. GREAT idea with all the latest snaps as well as all the favorites. Now where to find an empty wall...

Mama Fry said...

I love this. I haven't changed out my pictures in years. This is ingenious.

Lil Mama Stuart said...

great idea Cailan. pinned!

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