Sunday, September 25, 2011

Picture Wall

I have wanted to change up the style in our house for a while. I am starting slowly, like one thing each month, slowly. By the time that I am finished and satisfied I will probably want to change it up again!  Way back in July I decided to start one of my first changes, a picture wall.
I forgot to take a picture of the large picture in our living room, but the is the picture that was in our living room, just a little deconstructed. More on that another day.
It was fine, but it meant nothing to us. I want things in our home that are meaningful, and really add something to our lives. So while we were on our summer vacation in Southfork, Colorado we had my sister-in-law and her boyfriend take some fantastic family pictures.
I made pieces of paper the same size of some of my picture frames that I already had. I used the IKEA online site to find the additional frame sizes that I needed, and then we did not have to measure frames in the store while children where having meltdowns. I ordered the size prints I needed online from Costco, they were surprisingly inexpensive. 
After we had all the frames, I could spray paint the ones that were other colors, so that they were all a nice white. By using frames that I already had, I saved a ton of money. IKEA frames are really inexpensive, but not free!
Some of the pictures are on ledges (from IKEA), and some are actually hung on the wall.  I love that all of the frames are different.
In addition to the pictures in frames, I made a few things that are unique for us. First is this picture.
It is our birthdays and the day we were married. Our important dates. (Thanks for the idea pintrest)
Next is maps cut into hearts of a few special places. Where we met, where we were married, and where we live.

I am trying to add teal accents to the decor, so there is our Y, and this heart wreath.
Although, because it is fall, out currently, is our fall wreath.
So there it is, I love it. It makes me happy to look at my beautiful family, and be reminded how truly blessed I am. Much better than a random flower picture.


  1. Looks great! I'm finally getting our family photos in frames to do our wall. I like the " non photo" accents, breaks it up a bit, more interesting. I would love to do the heart maps but we met, married and live all in the same city, haha. Oh well, I'm sure there's other fun ideas, like the important dates I can do. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice work! I agree with Chrisi, the non-photo elements add personality and pizazz to the picture wall. And the important dates pic? LOVE IT! Nice!


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