Well it’s only been a week since we added our new church pew to the living room and I already made a change :). I wanted to add something special above our newest farmhouse pew so I added a family photo wall. Gallery walls might seem intimating, expensive and just plain overwhelming to start but I put this family photo wall together by myself in less than an hour for $65 including the photos!!!
Our New Photo Wall
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I found this gallery wall kit at Ikea for $50. (this post is not sponsored in any way from Ikea, I just really like their stuff 🙂 It comes with 8 matted frames and 4 different templates to hang on the wall.
First, you have to decide which template you want… this took us a little while :).
After taping the template to the wall I made sure that the paper was level and then hammered in each nail through the x on the paper. Easy peasy!
After pulling back the paper very carefully (I am totally saving this template for another picture wall in the future!), I hung the frames.
After first hanging almost all the frames vertically we realized most of the pictures we chose were horizontal. Whoops :). So I took all the photo frames and nails down, chose another template that had all horizontal frames and started over again. Now, I have a few extra holes to patch but it was totally worth it rather than having to choose and agree on different pictures!
We chose the pictures from our photo wall from our favorite pictures that we had both posted on Instagram the last couple years. Isn’t it great that most smart phones take great pics now?!!! Most of the pictures we hung were taken with our iphones, not my fancy DSLR. I had the pictures printed out in the different sizes at our local CVS for less than $15. There are (3) 8 by 10, (1) 5 by 7, (2) 4 by 6, and (2) 3 by 5 pictures in total. I decided to have the pictures printed out in black and white to make our photo wall a little more formal.
I love the contrast of the black and white pictures with the white frames and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
I want to change out the gallery wall in our family room now (see that post here), but Jason keeps telling me how he likes color photos better than black and white (and apparently our youngest does too… insert eye roll here :).
Sometimes I can’t win with these people!!!
What do you think of our newest photo wall?
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