Updating areas around the house, on the cheap, is my M.O. (short for modus operandi in latin – did you know that?)!
I love either, ‘shopping my home’ for items I already own or creating a new vignette or gallery wall with a mix of DIY projects and upcycled decor. Recently I did just that, and created this…
an Eclectic Family “Us” Gallery Wall
I used to have a typical, Target-bought piece of art on the wall. It was from our first-apartment-days and when we moved in, I hung it on this wall to cover the ‘design dilemma’ of an unused wall phone jack.
It worked… for the moment.
I’ve always wanted to create something a little more unique and personalized for our family, hence our eclectic family gallery creation.
The idea started from the color blocking family heart art that I saw at Vintage Revivals. My project is really different, but it got my wheels turning on how to create a hand heart sign. I decided to have each of us (my two kids, the mister, and myself) stand in front of our front window with our hands held high in a heart shape.
Then I cropped (using a 1:3 ratio) and brightened (using the Picasa boost tool) each of the pictures to show only our hands with the trees from the outside as the background.
Once the 4 pics were done, I used the Picasa collage tool to make (1) 8×10 picture, and printed it.
Simple, yet so dynamic and bold.
This is how the picture ended up looking.
Here’s a peak at our hand heart photoshoot…
So the next part of the eclectic family gallery wall was the pallet decor. I had originally planned on creating a growth chart, but since it’s an awkward spot with the barstools at the counter, I thought a simple patterned pallet would be unique.
I gotta give Taryn of Design, Dining + Diapers for this idea because her rustic growth chart came out awesome and again it sparked the idea for my creation!
This was super easy to make and I just love the distressed look. I took a piece of pallet board (we have a huge stack in the garage), made a simple template with a piece of paper, then marked it with a pencil on the pallet. After that I used Annie Sloan chalk paint – French Linen and Old White – to fill in the areas.
Onto the next element… The “B” – the first letter of our last name.
For this project, I took a piece of scrap MDF board, hand sketched a large “B” and cut it out using a jigsaw. I then sanded the edges, added a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Old White), and distressed the edges and a bit of the center with my orbital sander.
I finished off the wall with another simple pallet sign with the words “US” and a beautiful drawing by my son of Our Family – two perfect elements to finish off our Family “Us” Wall.
And here it is.
O and remember my quest for new barstools? Here they are. These new stools that I scored from One Kings Lane are so much better than the previous style and I’m really digging the industrial style look.
Do you have a family wall in your home? A place with unusual or unique treasures and decor? To me this is such a better spot with pieces that have true meaning. Instead of passing by a typical picture, I now stop, reflect, and smile.
I link my projects to some of these parties: Skip to My Lou, Dittle Dattle, Between Naps on the Porch, Today’s Creative Blog, Stories of A to Z, All Things Heart & Home, House of Hepworths, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Thrifty Decor Chick, Tip Junkie