Today I have a project for you that has been under wraps for quite a while.
After we installed our new carpet in the basement, the first thing I did was build my new gallery wall. One of my favorite things to look at when I go into people’s homes, virtually or in real life, are their gallery walls. I think they reveal a lot about the homeowner’s personality.
I have been
hoarding gathering items for my gallery for a long time, and until recently they were just setting in my storage room.
I started by taking some masking tape and taping off the size of my TV and the top of the wall. I then played around with my items for the wall until I was happy with the placement.
I laid out a giant piece of butcher paper, the width and height of the area around my TV (like I did with my other gallery wall) which was where my gallery was going to be living. I then used a marker and filled in where my TV would be, so I would have a focal point, and everything else would be based around that.
Once in the right spots, I then traced around all of the art with a marker.
After I was finished, I taped my paper to the wall and used a combination of nails and 3M Command Strips to mark the spots where my pieces were going to go.
Lastly, I hung all of my wall art, and that was that! Using the paper template saved me from having Topher nail 1,000 holes in the wall because things needed to be moved over an inch or I changed my mind about the placement of an item.
I turned a long retro dresser into my entertainment console, which I showed you here.
I used a combination of mirrors and frames that I picked up at yard sales and gave them a quick update with some spray paint. The piece with the cherubs on it is a heavy iron ring that was a rust color. I have no idea what it is, but I got it at a yard sale for $1, and I spray painted it with Rust-o-leum’s Pure Gold.
I added in some turquoise velvet fabric that I got off of Amazon and added a pretty, pink broach that I got yard saling with my grandma when I was a kid.
The Grow Where You Are Planted sign I got from Rustic Wild Arrow on Etsy.
The vintage silhouette I got from a vintage sale, the pink deer came from Joss & Main last year, and the oval frame around it came from a yard sale for 50 cents last summer, and it got a coat of the Pure Gold spray paint also.
One of my favorite things on this wall is this tiny pet portrait of Kitten. As you know, my sweet cat of 21 years passed away last year, and I got this portrait from GoodNaturedByDani on Etsy. This uber talented woman makes portraits using individual fibers of wool. I sent her a photo of Kitten, and she knocked it out of the park with this exact replica.
I can’t wait to get one of Baxter soon.
This is the Pallet Wood Arrow that I made in the same shade as the tv console.
The little mirror was from a thrift store for $2, and the marquee arrow light came from Michael’s. It was a little kit that you had to assemble, and it was originally white, and I sprayed it with Rustoleum’s Berry Pink. My Kansas Pallet sign was a Christmas gift from Topher from JunkArtGypsyz.
The framed G picture was a metallic placemat that I received during my Swap It Like It’s Hot Tour. The metallic leopard stripe is a bit washed out in this picture and the thrift store frame was spray painted in Rustoleum’s Satin Aqua.
The blue egg nest photo is one from The Handmade Home’s Art for the Traditional Home I believe. I have several of their art books, and I believe that’s the right one.
My basement gallery wall doesn’t have any family photo’s in it since the one I have in my living room does. I just updated that one, and I will be unveiling it to you next week!
As you know, with the rest of my house, I have basic wall colors, but I add in fun pops off color with accessories.
With this gallery wall, I can mix and match and add whatever new fun goodies I pick up at yard sales.
Make sure you head over to see the other lovely ladies in the challenge gallery walls too!
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Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!
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Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
This gallery wall is so happy, Shanna! Full of color and life and things you love!! Love the portrait of your sweet kitty. Mine is turning 19 this…so hard when you’ve had them for so long! XOXO
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle says
Shanna, I love all the fun color! It’s awesome!
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
Oh, I just love how colorful everything is! It makes me smile to look at it! 🙂
So pretty Shanna!
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
I love your gallery wall. Your sweet cat embroidery hoop art is a precious memorial to your beautiful kitty. I lost my 25 year old cat 4 years ago and want to have one made. My Lucy looks a lot like your Kitten. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. It’s such a happy wall to enjoy!
Oh my goodness, I love your gallery wall! It’s so different from most because of all the color… which I love!