Keeping it Simple: DIY Gallery Wall With Old Family Pictures

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Gallery Wall With Old Family Pictures


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Every year I attempt to take some kind of family pictures.   You know, get matching clothes and all.  I think that the scrapbook-er in me, always wanting to document everything.  With all of these pictures I have displayed them somewhere in our house.  I have them up and then it seems like we decide to add another kid, so I have to get pictures taken again.  This has been going on for the past 10 years.  Some of these pictures are some of my favorite pictures.  I was sad that I did have them on display anymore.  So I had this idea to have a gallery wall in my entry way, but instead of with current pictures, I used our old family pictures.  And I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!






I made all of the frames to match and there were very inexpensive to make.  I bought 6 1"x3"x8' pieces of wood.  They run around $2.
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Using a 45 degree angle I cut the wood.  I wanted the frame to be 10x13 (the pictures were 11x14).  So I measured the wood for the inside to be 10 inches and then I cut it.
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Once I cut one side of the frame, I put it up to the wood so I could get the exact same size instead of measuring it with a measuring tape.  This works much better.
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I then cut out two other pieces of wood (13 inches in the middle) and then made the frame.
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Using a nail gun, we nailed the frames together.
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Then I painted all 9 of the frames white.  Since the wood was a little rough, I distressed them a little bit.
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To put the picture into the frame, I just taped it.  DIY Gallery Wall With Old Family Pictures (8)
Here are all the pictures.  I organized them on the floor first before I put them up.
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Using a level and measuring tape, we put up the frame.  We just used the nail gun to put the frames up.  I then filled in and painted the holes.
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For a little color, I added the years to all the frames with vinyl.
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I added a blue G to complete it.  All of the pictures were 11x14 (well except two, they were 10x13, but I cut the frames to be 9 1/2x12 1/2 so it's hard to tell).
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I just love how this turned out and I love looking at all the pictures.
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It's so fun to see our family grow.  Some of the pictures we just took with my tripod right before church.  Nothing fancy, just pictures of the family.
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Here is our entry way, now complete :).
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This is what people will see when they walk into our house!  The best part about this gallery wall is that I can easily add onto it as the years go on.
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12 comments:

Julia Nyanyo said...

That is such a lovely idea. I' having a bit of a "doh! why didn't I think of that" moment! Love it!

Emily Thompson said...

SOOO super cute!! I am loving this and a bit envious of your huge entry wall there ;o) Lovely! Can't wait to see the whole home tour ;o)

Atta Girl Amy said...

Great idea, and I love that you made the frames. That ensures that you'll be able to add to your gallery wall for years to come. Great job.

Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade said...

What a GREAT idea!

Lindsay said...

I love this! What a fun way to see how your family has grown. The size of the frames on your huge wall is perfect too!

Stephanie Paxman said...

Such a great display and I love the that you made all the frames!

Tracey Hilborn said...

Great work! Wonderful tutorial!

inkhappi said...

Awesome! Great idea to put the dates on them!

Albion said...

LOVE how this turned out!!

Mabey She Made It said...

What a great way to display them all!

MrsMajor Hoff said...

Very cool! I totally need to do this in our entryway~

Dee Cupcakes&Crowbars said...

Looks great! I love the break from the traditional smoosh 'em together photo collage that everyone has.