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How To Do A Gallery Wall- Kalia’s Nursery- The Details

Kalia’s Art Wall (that is her newborn tutu in mirror!- and my elbow..) 

Composing a gallery wall of art for Kalia’s room was a fun and time consuming process.
Finding the art pieces I wanted, scavenging eBay, Craigslist and thrift stores for frames were all fun activities that made the final product all the more special.

Searching:

The Frames
I collected the frames over a period of months, looking for a particular vintage look.  I was lucky enough to find 5 matching ones on eBay that were perfect for the look I was going for.

They came with no glass or backing, so I picked up glass frames at the 99 cents store and used the glass from the cheap frames to put in these.  I finished it off with a round antique frame picked up at a flea market.


Mirror
A score off Craigslist- a good tip when looking for frames with lots of detailing is to instead look for mirrors, you can remove the mirror and just use the frame (I have made chalkboards this way too)

Originally I was going to just use the frame on the mirror, as I loved the intricate detailing, however,  I changed my mind when I saw the items grouped together and thought the mirror was an awesome edition.
Plus, Kalia (and all babies!) LOVE mirrors.



Before Painting 

I recommend spray painting the frames, especially when they have detailing like the mirror (middle frame), as it is very difficult to brush with paint.  I hand painted them with a brush as I wanted the same white paint I used on all the furniture for the frames.  It was a P-A-I-N.

Art- I will list all the artwork at the end

Measurement and Arrangement-
Measure your wall space and arrange frames on floor for best look

I covered the art with my awesome Photoshop skills
Cut out pieces of paper (I used old wrapping paper & old 8X10 sheets) to match the size of the frame and tape it to the wall as you want them hung.  This helps visualize how it will look on wall and allows you to move it around without putting a bunch of holes in the wall.

Those are my scribbles- You can see here why I purchase the art 

Once you decide on the final set up, hang your frames and you are done! (you can see I rearranged mine)

Above our dresser/changing table

Angle shot

Art Sources
Keep Calm and Change Poop- TheLobsterPot Etsy Shop– a custom print I requested, she was SO helpful!
Be Kind & Have A Generous Heart Prints- Loopz Etsy Shop
Mon Petiti Chou Chou & Love Grows- Gingiber Etsy Shop (I actually got them on sale at The Mini Social)

Je t’aime- Print I made in Photoshop

Hope these tips helped!

Check out more of Kalia’s Nursery:
Chic Cheap Nursery Feature
Vintage Trunk Makeover
DIY Paper Lantern

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  1. ellysan

    May 17th, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I love the oval frames. Are they wood or plaster or plastic?

  2. Laurel

    May 17th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    The square frames are plastic and the round and mirror are a harder type resin I think?
    Many of the older mirrors and frames I find are resin type- which makes it so easy to spray paint!

  3. earth2body sisters

    May 17th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Oh, that is REALLY cute! I love it! I might borrow the inspiration for a "family" wall. Thanks for sharing!

    lisa

    http://www.earth2body.net

  4. Laurel

    May 18th, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you so much! I love gallery walls, I may do a photo one in our living room!

  5. Pam

    May 18th, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I have been looking everywhere for an oval decorative frame like this one. Did you find it in an antique shop? My daughter's room has a white bed and am trying to create a "Bed and Breakfast" look in the room. Have you every found these oval frames at Michal's or JoAnn's? I love your post! It is so pretty and fresh looking ….SO Creative! 🙂

  6. Laurel

    May 18th, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Pam! I picked up mine at a antique flea market.
    I have seen oval frames at JoAnn's, the ones I saw were black, but you can easily paint it if you wanted a different color.
    Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate it!!

  7. twelve-O-eight

    June 1st, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Pretty! I love the arrangement and spacing, and having the frames all white pulls it together so well.

    Tanya 🙂

  8. Laurel

    June 1st, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Thank you so much Tanya! I really had a lot of fun doing it!

  9. Anonymous

    April 10th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    ''Mon petit Chou Chou'' stands for a boy

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