Thursday, September 20, 2012

Gallery Accent Wall Project

I had always envisioned myself having a blog that would feature all of the little DIY projects I have conquered, but at the time when this blog was created I was in college and didn't have a place of my own. So in turn this website became a diary of sorts, which I have loved because it has captured moments in which I would have forgotten. I am hoping to revisit the earlier posts years down the road and relive my 20's. But now there is a new chapter in my life... I am going to try to switch this blog up a bit.

Today I have my dream apartment. It is located downtown my hometown above little stores and sits in an alley that provides the back entrances to my favorite bars. Go figure, huh? What comes with our outdated and old downtown is outdated, yet charming apartments. Just what I wanted. Before I even moved in officially, I was already talking accent walls and fresh paint with my boyfriend... who happens to be a professional painter. WIN!
Like this wall for example:
It was desperate for some paint, so I decided on a nice green color.
Sherwin Williams - Artichoke
I came home from work one day and this surprise was waiting for me. The boy got done with a job early and headed to my apartment still in his painters pants and finished this in probably 5 minutes. But as you can see, there is arleady a huge difference.

My favorite project so far has been putting up a gallery wall on the accent wall of my living room area. It turned out way better than expected. First I started with sketching out the arrangement I wanted for the frames:
Then I traced each picture frame with newspaper or scrapbook paper and postioned them upon the wall. I also drew a dot where to position the nail. Saves a lot of time and takes out the guess and check of where to postion the pictures.
Final product:
This has become my favorite corner to curl up and read at the end of the day. Surrounded by my favorite people, places, and of course, Audrey Hepburn. So has anyone else thrown together a gallery wall and fallen deeply in love with it? So far this is my favorite DIY project for the apartment... Don't worry more pictures of the apartment coming soon!


Emily said...

I took one of those pictures and am in another one of them! Yaayyy! Love it :)

xx Em

Lauren H. Edmondson said...

that looks absolutely fabulous! My husband and I just bought a new house and I will definitely be referring to this post for our "over the couch" gallery!

Mrs. Williams {Persnickety Plates} said...

So cute! I have one in progress. It is only 5 canvases so far but it took me forever. I tried to use those Command strips instead of nails & that turned out to be more work than it's worth.

Meghan said...

Great job! I love the "S". My gallery wall over my desk in my bedroom has a very similar vibe! So fun.

The Granberrys said...

I love the gallery wall- I would love to get one going in my house someday, just need to decide where! PS- I was a G Phi B back in my day! : )

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love the way your wall turned out! You did a great job with the photos!