~An Art Wall~

As many of you know I have been


re-doing my eldest daughter's room
 {I am beginning to sound like a broken record
But I have run out of steam, my budget is limited (or non-existent?) and time is not on my side.

All the materials for the headboard are ready to go, but since I have a saw phobia I am waiting for the husband to help cut the plywood that is collecting dust in the garage. 

Hopefully this weekend after my daughter's 16th birthday party has passed and I can breathe a sigh of relief, I can sweet talk the husband to plug in the saw and help :)

One project I ACTUALLY accomplished was putting together an art wall for her room. Being a typical teenager she loves to surround herself with photos. 

What a perfect way to display her photos and other artwork than to create a gallery wall that is so in vogue.

Using a collection of spray painted thrift store frames, a mirrorpainted canvases by moi, Ikea frames and monograms, I created a gallery of sorts along her bed that she can add to along the way.

"How did I do it?," you ask with bated breath.

To create a galley wall that reduces the amount of nail holes, you start by laying out the frames and arranging them on the floor until you have come up with an arrangement you like. 
{This is where I forgot to take a photo}

Next trace each frame, canvas or mirror onto kraft paper. You can use newspaper or a roll of   gift wrap as an alternative.

Start taping each piece on the wall, fiddling with the paper until you are satisfied with the look. I use a level and yard stick as well to make sure I have things lined up.

 Step back to  see if the arrangement is to your liking

Start hanging up the art work, one piece at a time.

{This was a photo taken of my daughter by her friend in a photography class}

Once finished....
Stand back and enjoy! 

I also added small little plastic dots on the bottom corners inside of each frame so they would "stick" to the wall and not shift.

I am thrilled with how the wall turned out. Now onto the headboard.....

Wish me luck.


  1. Really lovely art wall Barbara! I love all the different shapes of frames and pictures together! Angie xo

  2. The art wall looks great. Love the colors. Good luck with the rest of the headboard. Can't wait to see.

  3. The colors looks great all together. I need to get cracking as well. We've just stopped. I'm not sure why. But seeing your progress has motivated me.
    Thank you,

  4. This turned out amazingly Barbara! I love it all, the colors, the frames and the coordinated look!! I think this room is going to be incredible with the headboard, I can't wait to see! Thanks for taking a peek at my beauty bag over at Wallpaper blog :)
    Nancy xo

  5. I love that picture wall. I can't wait to see what the headboard looks like.

  6. Love it!! Love the grouping of paper lanterns too :-)


  7. I really love those pops of pink in there. So pretty!

  8. Your art wall looks beautiful. I am really excited to see the finished headboard. Happy 16th Birthday to your daughter! Hope the party goes well!

  9. gorgeous!!! what a clever way of figuring out where to put each frame and piece!! i will definitely use this idea in the future! And are those tracey's camelia and cherry blossom paintings?? Lovely!!!
    Happy sweeet 16 to your daughter!!

  10. I love it! Your girl MUST like this, no? I'd kill for a bedroom like that when I was a teenager, and I love the way you mixed pictures, canvas art, mirrors AND letters into the same gallery wall! Great work, and good luck on the headboard, looking forward to see the final result!

  11. I LOVE this wall. I mean LOVE. such fun colors for a girl's room...the artwork is perfect...thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Great tips! I am fixin to make a gallery wall in the stairwell in our home. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I am loving your blog..hope you'll come visit me over at Free 2 Be Frugal sometime.

  13. So pretty, I love the splashes of pink!

  14. This is really pretty. The arrangement is perfect.

  15. Looks so great! I wish my 16 year old would let me do something like this- she is more of a skateboard/tomboy kind of girl though so no pretty pink artwall in her room for me:( You did a super job with this and you're quite handy with a camera too- great shots!!

  16. I love what you've done! The pink flower painting is beautiful! Gallery walls always make me happy (:

  17. I'm going to show this to my daughter -- we're redoing her room as a Christmas present, and I think she'll love it. thanks!

  18. I love your design!
    All the contrast and everything..

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. This is gorgeous Barbara! I love the pink flower painting.

  20. Great job for that wall! Love the pink and color of your daughter's wall. hmmm, I kinda envy her, eh. :)

    Peny@eye chart


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