Entry Way Gallery Wall

1 Jan

For a month or so, we were really on a decor kick around the house. I was really excited to take an idea I had and run with it with the help of birthday gift cards. I knew I wanted a large family initial and pictures of the family surrounding it. I wasn’t expecting it to turn out so perfect.

Entry Way Gallery Wall
I bought this large letter C at Hobby Lobby on clearance. It was painted a rustic black and red, which wasn’t my favorite but I knew it could be painted.

Note to self: It’s typically not a good idea to lay your large C out on the back patio and begin priming with spray paint. JAC came out and said “You should have done that on the rocks at least.” I was like “Why?…… oh….” We now have a spray painted outline of a large C on our back patio. Tehehe? Needless to say, when it was time to paint it my color of choice (by the way, I used “Cherry Red” Krylon Spray Paint), I moved it to the rocks AND put a large piece of butcher paper underneath. Lesson learned. With that said, does anyone know how to get rid of spray paint from cement? Moving on…
Next, I wanted to gather frames. I knew I wanted them with character but after purchasing the C and spray paint, my entry way gallery wall budget was almost non existent. I remember seeing decorative frames on Tried And Trendy a while back, and everything on that site is cheap but… boooo, they were sold out. I was about to settle for any 4×6 frames people were handing out, even though mixed matched was not my ideal. I had made a post on our community Facebook page asking if anyone was getting rid of frames when my own father answered my inquiry with “I’ve got ya covered”. Still, I had no idea that what he was about to bring me was far beyond my dream collection of frames. He told me he found these beauties at a garage sale forever ago, at about a buck a piece. What a steal! I already knew I wasn’t going to be using glass or the backing for my gallery wall, so the fact that these had none was A.O.K. by me!
My dad asked me what I’d be doing with them. It’s always hard for me to explain my vision out loud. I see it in my head and I just know. But when I told him I was going to be painting his cherished frames, his face dropped. I had to reassure him that the end result would be amazing. I think I held true to my word, what do you think?

Entry Way Gallery Wall Frames

I love the look of the vinyl lettered names in empty frames on the wall. I was debating between doing their names and doing adjectives to describe each child. As I started to put adjectives together, it didn’t look as good because one word was really long compared to another that was only a few letters… it just didn’t flow right within the frame. Somehow, we’ve named our kids with the same amount of letters (give or take) so it fit very nicely in the same font and size as each other.
Anyhow, this is the quarter wall you see when you walk in our front door. To the right is the office, to the left is the stairs. Just passed this wall is the garage door and half bath, as well as the hall way to the formal living room, dining room and kitchen.
Entry Way Gallery Wall
So here’s where I desire feedback… obviously, most of you will say I need to put colors on the wall in the form of paint. Our home has that same tan color throughout and I really love the uniform feel of it, yet I miss the character a painted wall brings to a room. I’m very scared of commitment to color. It has to be PERFECT and not something I’ll grow tired of like trends. Do I paint the wall behind my gallery? If so, what color? We tend to stay on the blues and greens when it comes to color palettes for walls. We leave the accents and decor to be the pops of reds and yellows. I’d love to hear your thoughts- to paint or not to paint? And, what to paint?

2 Responses to “Entry Way Gallery Wall”

  1. Audra @ Renewed Projects January 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

    Awwww! I love it! Very eye-catching and sweet. That’s funny about the spray painted C on the back patio. I have a rectangular one on our front steps from a piece of cardboard that was to small for the project. The C sounds cooler! lol

    • Mandy January 15, 2014 at 7:54 am #

      lol i’m glad i’m not alone in the impromptu spray paint decor ;) haha

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