Hi….as I was trying to decide what to do for my Throw Back Thursday project this week I was going through my e-mails and came across a blog post from a gal I follow.  Check out her site, Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer…..it is full of great stuff.  It was all about creating gallery walls and since that was one of the choices on my list I decided to go with it.

I LOVE a gallery wall.  Some would argue that I have several in my own home and they would be right.  I like the interest they create and the nature of a gallery wall can allow for some wiggle room when it comes to hanging your items.  I have one wall where I hung everything in very straight rows and it felt like it took forever.

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While I really like the look and order of it I knew I wanted something different when I did our entryway wall.  Here is my original Pinsperation for this project…..

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I am a sucker for anything similar to a monogram so this was calling my name….sort of literally and figuratively.  LOL  Then I found these pins and I knew I wanted to include them in my wall as well.

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Feeling inspired I went online and ordered the monogram above and then I headed out to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and Marshall’s to find some great deals on letters and frames.  I started with the clearance area of each store, keeping in mind that the color of the frame didn’t matter.  As long as it had a shape and texture I liked I could always spray paint it the color I wanted.  Then I looked for letters to put in the frames and other stuff that I loved that would look good in the gallery.  I knew I wanted to stick with a black, white and tan theme for the wall so I looked for those colors when I could find them but I still painted a few of the frames black that were other colors.  I also had to paint some of the letters since a lot of them were just raw wood to begin with.  It has been several years since I did this so I honestly could not tell you where I bought each item or the price of them.  Once I had everything, I added some leftover fabric to the back of some of the frames and some scrapbook paper to some of the others.  Then I put my H’s in the frames.  I arranged everything on the dining room table before I put it on the wall.  Once I had it the way I wanted it I just started hanging everything from the middle and worked my way out from there.  I know you can cut templates for each item and hang those first…but once again the lazy crafter got the best of me and I just went for it.  Here is what it looked like initially…

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I tend to be a bit of an “over decorator”….if this is good then more would certainly be better right???  I also found a few more cute things I wanted to include to fill the empty spaces and here is it now….

IMG_3281I do like it better with the extra stuff.  I had the stars from another decorating project so I just painted them black and added them to the empty spots.  The key, love, and our anniversary date are all wrought iron pieces from Hobby Lobby that go on sale 50% off every couple of weeks so it is worth waiting for the sale.  Pretty much everything was either on sale or I had a coupon for it, except for the monogram.  Overall I probably spent about $150 at most.  This is one of my favorite projects….lots of impact for not too much money.  If I had been really frugal I am sure I could have done better buying frames at yard sales, but I am not that patient.  When I set my mind to doing something I want it done NOW!!  Patience is not my strong suit.  #let’sdothis

Here are a couple of other gallery walls I have done in my living room and in my hallway…

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 I took these pics at night so they aren’t great, but you get the idea.  The hallway is narrow so it was hard to get it all in the pic.

Have you done a gallery wall before?  What was your inspiration?

Have a Great One All!

Patty  🙂

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