So I finally have one room in my new home that is finished. Unless, of course, you count my garage and mudroom. While yes, those are technically done, who wants to hang out in a garage or mudroom very long? So this is our first room that is done that our family as a whole gets to enjoy. And I am so over the moon with how it turned out. If you just happened to land here without seeing the transformation of my built-ins and fireplace wall start there first.
Family Room Makeover Part 1: Installing the IKEA Billy Bookcase Built-Ins
Family Room Makeover Part 2: Framing out the Fireplace
Family Room Makeover Part 3: Building a Hollow Rustic Mantel
Family Room Makeover Part 4: AirStone Fireplace Makeover
Family Room Makeover Part 5: Finishing Touches
Family Room Makeover Part 6: Styling the Shelves
I wanted to add a gallery wall to this room over the couch since the wall was so big. I also had a vent and two speakers I had to work around. I didn’t want just pictures in the area but to bring in objects and things that were meaningful to us.
My 5 year old daughter is an insanely awesome artist for her age. Here are copies of some of her watercolors (read my HOT tip here!) she has done. She is so proud that they made the wall. These used to hang in my studio in my old house (sniff sniff – oh how I miss that room!).
I ordered the reclaimed wood “F” from an Etsy shop called Son of Whale to help support their adoption efforts to bring home their child from Japan. I get more compliments on that. It is extremely well made and very heavy.
The “It’s a Wonderful Life” sign was made by my BFF Shannon years ago and happens to be my favorite movie of all time. Il love the line “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”
The two shaped frames are from Cut it Out. I painted the double Parker frame with Krylon Coral Isle and Island Splash. The yellow Chandler frame with a wedding picture of ours was painted in Rustoleum Summer Squash.
I loved this encouraging quote “the world is lucky to have you” from Lindsay Letters. I just think we all uniquely have something of value to add to this world.
Arrows are awesome to add in a gallery wall because it helps fill that dead space when you are using various shapes and sizes of frames. I, also happen to be obsessed with arrows lately. So I made them with some scrap wood in my shop. I will show you how to make those soon!
The cubby wall shelf was from Target. I still have to add stuff to that but I don’t want to run out and buy stuff just to fill it I want to find stuff I love along the way. Right now I have some brass animals in there.
The rusted pulley? Man I wish I had a great story for that. Truth is I found it at a yard sale for $3 and loved it. I have been holding onto it for years to some how add it to my decor.
The three starburst mirrors are from Target. They were originally all gold but I taped off the middle and spray painted the rest with Krylon Black.
And the pictures of our family, well those are the centerpieces of this amazing wall. Yep I was the crazy mom running all over town trying to find coordinating outfits that would match the color scheme of this room. Insane or brilliant you decide 😉
And there you have it. Every time I look at it I smile. Mostly because my family is so darn cute. But also because the wall is filled with things I love.
I will do an entire family room reveal soon. But this gives you are peek of that corner of the room.
Source list left to right: frame with my daughter’s art (IKEA – ribba), Reclaimed F (Son of Whale Etsy Shop) Yellow Frame (Cut it Out), “The World Is Lucky” (Lindsay Letters for Hobby Lobby), 9 spot cubby (Target), Double Layer Parker Frame (Cut it Out) Starburst Mirrors (Target)
Paint Colors: Krylon Island Splash, Coral Isle. Rustoleum Summer Squash, Martha’s Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Eucalyptus and Tomatillo
Check out more of my gallery walls: