Let me tell you a secretâ€¦gallery walls used to scare me.Â It seemed very intimidating to lay out a whole wall without looking too planned and symmetrical.Â I was afraid of interspersing color and shapes.Â However, after watching a ton of other bloggers tackle gallery walls I gained some confidence in trying it myself.Â In fact, this is my third one in the last 4 months.Â While I donâ€™t know the rules for others, I try and add personality and things other than photos to my walls. I also try and bring in color and shapes. This works the best for me and gives my walls depth and dimension.
Next I added the small white shelf (Home Depot) with the marquee â€œKâ€ on it.Â You can find large marquees many places nowadays.Â I got mine from a vendor at the Country Living Fair here in Columbus in the summer.Â It is on a 3-hour timer and is perfect for her night light since it shuts off automatically. I painted the outside edge the mint color from the dresser I painted.Â The small string art house next to it Kayla made.Â I honestly didnâ€™t think she had the fine motor skills to wrap the string but she proved me wrong.Â When I was working on the â€œHome Sweet Homeâ€ string art she wanted to do it too so I drilled the holes and then she pounded the nails in and started stringing.Â The two arrows (comes in a lot of 3) are from Painted Fox Treasures.Â I sprayed them with Krylonâ€™s Brushed Nickel and then sanded them a bit to reveal some of the paint underneath.
Next I was able to add some of Kaylaâ€™s artwork. This piece of art Kayla is most proud of.Â She made it in her private art lessons she took in Indianapolis and absolutely loves it.Â The colorâ€™s didnâ€™t tie in perfectly but I did spray a frame Krylonâ€™s flat black to tie in the chalkboard on the other side of the gallery wall.
I also had two brass filigree pictures frames I got for $.25 each at a yard sale.Â I added pictures of her and Isaac to them and spray painted the frames Krylonâ€™s Coral Isle to tie them together.Â The embroidery hoop with fabric has no special meaning other than being circular shape to tie the chalkboard wood slice.
On the other side I took an old frame I had and painted it the mint color from the dresser and then spray painted the mats in Krylonâ€™s Coral Isle (thinner inner mat) and Rustoleumâ€™s Sweet Pea (outer mat).Â The print itself is from Etsy Artist Little Emmaâ€™s Flowers.Â I paid $3.50 for it on sale and then printed it at Samâ€™s Club.Â That quote is SO TRUE of my little spitfire of a daughter.
Under that is another of the arrows from Painted Fox Treasures.Â You can see the details a bit better in the close up picture above.
The â€œYou are my Sunshineâ€ print I also got from an artist at the Country Living Fair this past summer.Â I framed it in a 16â€ x 20â€ IKEA Ribba frame.Â I used to sing this song to Kayla all the time when she was a baby.
The chalkboard wood slice I made a few months back and wanted to add a circle shape in the midst of all the rectangles.
And there you have itâ€¦
Custom, meaningful, colorful, personal, fun and totally MY DAUGHTER!
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