So when I heard that the July Challenge for the Decorating Enthusiasts DIY Forum was Gallery Walls, B-I-N-G-O!
I love a challenge and so this was the perfect inspiration to finally deal with that annoying wall.
My rule for this challenge was that all the elements in the collage had to be DIYed from things around the house.
Starting with the frame of a wall clock that broke a few years ago. I removed the broken mechanisms and attached a sheet of striped scrapbook paper onto the clock face with double sided tape. I had a French Postal Graphic decal in my stash and applied it to the paper. Voilà, instant art!
I wanted the initial of our last names included in the collage. I say name(s) because despite being married for 28 years, I still go by my maiden name. Thankfully our sir names both begin with the letter B.
I simply covered a wooden letter B with self-adhesive dried sheet moss. To add some contrast against the red I whitewashed some pieces of cedar tongue and groove boards leftover from another project and attached the B with a hot glue gun. Then I remembered two plate shelves I recently whitewashed and planned on selling. I love the added interest it gave to the gallery wall!
The large decorative wooden knob I saw at Michaels and couldn't resist buying it for the collage. It's the only item I purchased.
Several weeks ago I won the bid on this Fleur De Lis metal art piece at a local online auction site. The frame was dark wood and the black metal was brushed with gold. To better suit our color scheme I gave the wood a whitewash and rubbed silver gilding wax over the gold.
I had the small white wooden frame in my stash and I simply added pretty scrapbook paper with a textured felt chandelier inside and voilà, more instant artwork!
The two small fabric decoupaged frames were hanging in our bedroom. The edges of the frames were black and so I added some contrast by whitewashing them.
Last but not least, a small beveled mirror was added to the mix. I know I said earlier that I disliked having a mirror hanging at the end of the hall but hung off center it isn't reflecting our every move as we walk down the hall.
I'm quite pleased with how FINALLY I successfully turned a rather blah wall into one with lots of personality and eye candy!
If you've been following my blog you may remember how I gave my Mom's stool that she used on a daily basis, a special makeover. Finally, I found the perfect spot to showcase this sentimental piece.
Before I close I thought I'd share some easy peasy TIPS for creating a Gallery Wall...
Tape craft paper together the same size as the area of your collage. In our case, it was the entire hallway wall.
On the floor lay out the elements for your collage onto the craft paper. One rule of thumb is to create a symmetrical configuration by lining up the edges of the art on each side to form a square or rectangular shape.
Once you are happy with the placement draw an outline around each piece with a pencil. Hang the craft paper onto the wall with painters tape and check it using a level to ensure it's hanging nice and straight.
Measure where the hooks are on the back of each piece and mark it on your drawn outlines. Add nails or wall anchors where necessary and take down the sheet of craft paper. Hang up your art and that's it!
Be sure to visit the fabulous hosts and see what they did for the Gallery Wall Challenge!