Eclectic Family Gallery Wall

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.

My littlest one had a little trouble making her heart, but I just love it that much more!

Here’s a peak at our hand heart photoshoot…

It sure was fun…  well for some of us – the mister thought I was crazy..  until he saw the end result.

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

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  1. says

    I absolutely love this! I know exactly what wall I could use in my home to do this! We are painting our downstairs so there are absolutely no pictures/walls hangings yet. This has given me an idea and the inspiration to hurry up and get the walls painted! =]

  2. says

    Love it! The hand-heart idea is beautiful, and your son is probably just bursting with pride that his drawing is hanging on the wall with all of the other beautiful things.