Add the warmth, add the pretty!

So the paint is finished, and we love it. It’s great. But — the walls are lacking personality. We need to get cozy, add warmth, add the pretty. Let’s get some art up there people!

See what I mean? Booooring!

DIY gallery wall

DIY gallery wall

But there is zero dollars in the budget for this project. We need to use what we have, but I wanted something different than our last home’s living room.

I think another photo grouping is in order, but… just not the same one. A couple mini makeovers will help with the job. I’ve always loved this leaf image, but, I’m not so crazy about the frame.

DIY gallery wall

Working with a selection of existing frames, I thought I could find it a new home. Since I was moving away from a “family” wall… I thought one of the large white frames would do nicely.

DIY gallery wall

Lets make like a tree, and leaf! (Yep, I said it).¬†Well, let’s pop it out of the frame anyway…

DIY gallery wall

Play around with the cropping a little bit…

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And voil√°!

Now, for the hard part, figuring out exactly what frames I want to use and how. Here’s a couple more to go along with the others…

DIY gallery wall

There’s still something missing from the bunch. I love this print from an old calendar. It has some special meaning for Steve-o and I. Paris, got engaged there (yeah we did!!), and the month and year marks our 10th anniversary (did I mention I got married when I was twelve??)

DIY gallery wall

So I decided to do a quick switcher-oo with this blue floral print… turned out to be a pretty nice fit.

DIY gallery wall

Hmmm… still needs… more. Let’s play around a little bit.

DIY gallery wall

DIY gallery wall

DIY gallery wall

Getting close…

DIY gallery wall

Yep, that’s it! Okay… now to get it up on the wall. I took a quick measurement so I know I’ll have it centred on the wall.

DIY gallery wall

Now it’s time to get jingle bells stuck in my head while I pull out the Christmas wrap. Now, I get it, this seems like a “do I have to??” step. But, if you want to avoid a bunch of extra nail holes in the wall… I’d highly recommend it.

DIY gallery wall

I don’t get too hung up on this being overly precise. I just want to know is it centred? Does it look right (from every angle)? Is the height right? And how much white space do I want between each piece?

DIY gallery wall

Use a little bit of math (thanks grade 5!) along the way, and it’s one nail per piece, centred, and evenly spaced. Keep plugging away until it’s all on the wall.

DIY gallery wall

It’s looking good!

DIY gallery wall

I love how each print is so different, and adds a splash of colour to the wall. I think the Paris text gives your eye a place to rest so it’s not so overwhelming. I think it’ll work.

DIY gallery wall

Gotta check the angles!

DIY gallery wall

Love it when a project works out. And, right on budget. Worked with what I had and spent zero dollars. I think my favourite new perch will be an armchair eyeing up these beauties.

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