I started putting up a gallery wall in our dining room a long time ago. Like, a LONG time ago. Late summer/early fall, I believe.
I finally *finished* it. And by finished, I mean all the frames that are hanging now have pictures in them and it is mostly symmetrical. I think a few frames might be needed toward the bottom, and I know I want to swap out some pictures down the road. We don't have any pictures of Brad, for instance. But I'm guessing his wedding in June will be a good opportunity to get a few of those. Until then, I put in some others and am calling it "done."
A close up of the right side:
A close up of the left side:
Strangely, I had almost all of these frames already. For whatever reason, I am a frame hoarder. Most of them are from inexpensive places like Ikea and Target. I did buy a few more to fill in some gaps, but I don't think I spent more than about $40 total. Considering what frames can cost, I think that is pretty good. I also already had many of the pictures printed, and the rest I just printed on photo paper using our home printer. They are good enough for me. I honestly can't really tell the difference between the professionally printed ones and the self-printed ones once they are in the frame.
Clearly our dining room, still needs a lot of work. New table and chairs, or at least a coat of paint so that what we do have matches. A hutch or buffet for the other wall. Paint that chair rail white. The list goes on...
And of course I couldn't just leave well enough alone. The play room is directly across from the dining room, and its huge blank wall was crying for some love. So I decided an art print gallery wall might be the way to go, hoping it would add symmetry to the two rooms. I don't know if it did that or not. But it filled the wall.
The map was in Ben's room but had to come down when we added a shelf to his room. The yellow bee print is one that Mom got at a garage sale for Livs room; the color wasn't right in there but in the free-for-all play room, it works. The numbers print and green floral ones I already had. And the "eat you up" monster print was $5 on Etsy. The other one was a free print. I still have three blank frames in here, so I need to finish it up. But you get the idea...