Monday, February 13, 2012

Stairway Gallery Wall

Happy Monday! What are you up to today? I'm working on a little project that is threatening to drive me up the wall! Here's a peak...

Mmmm hmmm. I'm finally getting around to redoing the photo gallery in our back staircase. Before the walls were painted I had a very simple photo display going on in this space.

Well, rather than put things right back where they were, I decided to beef up the display. (I also needed to add some pictures of our youngest son who hadn't made the wall yet. He's 3 years old and we've decided to keep him, so it's time for his cute face to grace the walls, too :)

This is my favorite inspiration photo...

I love how the frames start right down near the stairs. I'm going to attempt this. Any guesses on how long it will be before one ends up in pieces on the stairs?

I'm also going to add some white frames into the mix.

I think the black and white frames add a little more interest.

I know a lot of gallery walls consist of all black and white photography. While I do like that look, I am using color photographs. I like to see my boys' blue eyes, rosy cheeks and sun-bleached hair.

I started by spreading all the frames out on the floor and configuring an appealing arrangement.

I know. It doesn't look that appealing yet.  I then made templates by tracing the frames onto paper and grocery bags. I taped the templates to the wall.

That's as far as I've gotten. Now I've got to go chauffeur the kids to various activities. Here's hoping the templates remain taped to the wall until I have a chance to hang the actual frames.

Stay tuned... I'm determined that this project will take less than a month to complete :)

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  1. That looks like a great way to hang them! I like the "template" idea. I think it's going to look very nice when you get it all done.

  2. That's going to look great when you are done. Now me.... I'd just start hammering away and pray I get the arrangement right the first time, or I'll have holes to hide. That is probably why my stairway doesn't look awesome like yours will!


  3. It's going to look so good! Can't wait to see it. i really want to do this in our house. Oh and I'm glad your keeping him. Good decision.

  4. I love the inspiration pic and yours is goings that way! I'm waiting to see your final pic!

  5. It´s looking pretty good already!
    I can´t wait to see it finished.
    Thank God you decided to keep the las child.....(that was funny)

  6. Love the ideas....and doing the template idea is so smart. No room for mistakes, cannot wait to see it all done!

  7. Love this idea, and I know you will do a fantastic job!

  8. Lookin good so far! Great idea to use a template too instead of just hammering away! (which is what I probably would have done)Can't wait to see it all done :o)

  9. What a great plan

    I like your variety of shapes and a salon style collection always looks rich.


  10. I think it will look fantastic. I love a gallery wall -I think it's a perfect way to display family photos. I'm glad you are deciding to keep your 3 year old. When my oldest was 3 and my second son, Ross, was one, my oldest said to me "When we are finished with Ross can we give him to someone else who wants a baby?" I did consider it at the time. :) x Sharon

  11. I did this in our last house and when me moved (cringe) you should have seen the holes in the walls that I had to patch and paint.

    This is going to be beautiful and give you happiness to look at everyday.

  12. I am going to be doing something similar up my staircase - not sure if using paintings or photos yet. Can't wait to see it - love how you've laid it out so far.

    Thrilled that you were left "speechless" at my kitchen reno!!