Thursday, January 6, 2011

Obsession: Gallery Walls

Every time I see a gallery wall, I oooh! and awww! over them.  I have quite a few in my inspiration folder and I couldn't wait to get started on my own in my home in California.  As you know, I really can't sit still and just not do anything, so I started and finished this project in one day over break! Here's how it looked before:

Just a few pictures.

First, I cut out small versions of the picture frames and paintings I knew I had:

Then I drew a sketch of my wall with the bookshelves and my bed.  I tried out different arrangement on the sketch before I started nailing holes in my wall.


Eventually, I arrived at this arrangement:


I painted this for the wall:

And bought this small chandelier from Z-Gallerie on sale for only $9.99!


BLOOM is a wall decal and I framed it with a white, backless frame found at Michael's- 40% off!!

I also did a little watercolor painting of polka dots.  I got my inspiration from Jen's painting over here.

See that little picture frame above?  I made it by framing an inexpensive piece of fabric.  I painted the wood frame white then made flowers for the frame.

Just take a long strip of fabric and twist it like this.  Then coil the fabric in a circle, twisting as you go.  It will end up looking like this:


This is my favorite picture of me when I was little.  I'm hugging the statue of a lion at the zoo:



There ya have it!  Do you like gallery walls? Have any in your own home??

Hey girlfriends, guess what?! I'm doing an exciting giveaway tomorrow on my Fashion Friday's post.  I almost can't contain myself.  You're gonna love it. I promise. {It may or may not have something do with keeping your hair beautiful} So come on back (:

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Love and Gallery Walls,

33 comments:

  1. this is great!! i love gallery walls and you seriously did an awesome job! I also love the way you did the shelving, very cool :)

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  2. I love gallery walls! Yours looks great :)

    We have a blank wall in our living room that I've been trying to figure out what to do with and I think a gallery wall would be perfect! You should come out to Georgia to help :)

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  3. I love gallery walls! Yours turned out beautifully. I think they tell a great story. We have several in our upstairs hallway of pictures of the girls-one series is on the "cheerleader vs. the volleyball player". Some of the pictures are a riot-the girls even switched uniforms at one point. We then have one of each of the girls for their sport-one cheerleading, one volleyball. We've gotten a lot of compliments on them. I just might have to do a post.

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  4. I love gallery walls and have plans to work on more in my own home. They just add so much character to a wall and space and I could stare at them for hours! [Okay, maybe not hours but while passing by them I can always stop and just glance at all the photos, vs, just having one or two photos on the wall :) ]

    Love how yours turned out. Very bright and fun! :)

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  5. I love the gallery wall. You did an awesome job! Yayyyy!

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  6. yours looks wonderful!! great job. that pic of you with the lion is precious :)

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  7. You are so stinking talented! I've been wanting to build a gallery wall in our hallway in the apartment, but I need to get my act together and get all of my frames! Yours is stunning.

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  8. Your gallery wall turned out amazing! I love the bloom decal and dots painting you did :) I posted about my gallery wall...gosh, it seems like forever ago. Many of mine were inspired by MadebyGirl as well! You can find it here: http://tatteredandinked.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-art-wall-is-up.html

    Can't wait to see what you have in store for tomrorow!

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  9. My whole bedroom is filled with gallery frames of celebrity autographs and i love it! this is beautiful! super-talent right there!

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  10. You are inspiring me to fill my blank walls in my apartment! Ha! Thank you for your sweet comment on my post yesterday!

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  11. That looks beautiful. you are like me, you have to be doing a project. I love it.

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  12. Love this idea! It looks so cute!!

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  13. I DO love gallery walls and you did a great job on yours! :) We plan to get one up in our basement... at some point this year! haha we have a few things we need to do before we can get it up!

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  14. With you all the way! It looks so good and you get to display personal stuff in an orderly fashion. Plus they are a lot cheaper than a big piece of art.

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  15. Your gallery wall looks amazing! I am planning on doing a couple in our apartment here in SC. I like your idea of cutting out mini frames like you already have in order to find this best arrangement. I might just have to steal this idea!

    The picture frame you made is ADORABLE! You are soo creative and busy at that. Everytime I check your blog, you have completed a new project :)

    Can't wait for your giveaway!!

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  16. This is so cute! You did such a great job and in a short period of time. Looks Great

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  17. This looks absolutely beautiful, Michaela!! I love it! My favorite part is the watercolor paiting! What a great idea! I love that chandelier, too! What a great buy!!

    I can't wait for your giveaway! If I can have hair like yours, it'll be a GOOD day!! Haha! : ) Hope you've had a great day, friend!

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  18. Love!!! And I just put up decals on my walls.

    Great work!

    Pssst I have something for you on my blog!

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  19. You know that when I have a house you'll make my gallery wall beautiful <3 and I think I'm just as excited about you're giveaway. I knew exactly what it was without reading the parenthesis!
    Love you <3

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  21. It turned out really great!

    Such a good idea to kind of sketch it out before-hand. I should learn from this because one too many times I try to hang things, don't like how they look, and end up with tons of little holes in my wall lol

    Looks beautiful, girl! x

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  22. Looks awesome Michaela! You are so creative :) Loved the idea of the fabric flowers...i may try that :) & I love Z-Gallerie! What a cheap chandelier...I've been looking for a black one for my room.
    I will be beack tomorrow to see your give-a-way! :)
    hope school is going great
    <3Lauren

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  23. you did such a great job. I love when gallery walls are a mix of art, photos and other items. I am working on collecting enough frames for one over our couch. It is a big empty wall so I know it will have to be big to make an impact.

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  24. You are SO creative!!
    I left you an award on my page :)
    thelittleyellowhouseblog.blogspot.com

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  25. Oh my goodness, that turned out SO cute! Love your style! Love the little chandelier, and LOVE your cute fabric flowers :)

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  26. I love this Michaela! You did such a great job and you are so incredibly creative! It looks beautiful. It really makes me want to do the same. I love how you incorporated all of the fabric too.
    Love!

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  27. looks fab girly! and love your fashion fri:) and awesome steal on the z-gallerie chandi!

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  28. Hi! I'm visiting from Amanda's. That looks amazing! You did a fantastic job and I totally love the "create" painting you did! It's PRECIOUS! That picture of you hugging the lion is too cute!

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  29. Hi! I'm visiting from Amanda's. That looks amazing! You did a fantastic job and I totally love the "create" painting you did! It's PRECIOUS! That picture of you hugging the lion is too cute!

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  30. i love your gallery wall! it's so funny that i was recently thinking about doing the exact same thing. and when i saw the light that you bought, i realized i had saved a picture of a very similar one onto my computer!

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  31. It looks awesome!! I love the little pops of color. You did a wonderful job. :) Thanks for linking up with me. :)

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  32. This looks fantastic!!! Great job :)

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