Yesterday I told you all about some painting projects I had completed.
Old mismatched frames got some new white paint and some old mirrors got a coat of black chalk board paint.
All to ordain this empty wall in our master bedroom and give it some much needed personality.
Disclaimer: (Please ignore the trim less wall. We are over our heads here in projects and our bedroom hasn’t been the first priority. For all you visionaries, just picture some nice chair rail molding and trim inserts beneath. 🙂
One day it will happen…)
But TODAY, I have this little wall to show you…
It started off empty.
In fact, We moved a big armoir from this wall after I refinished the dresser pictured.
(More to come later on that project)
The picture above is after a change in paint.
This is the before-before!
This cool grey-blue was a great color,it just did not work for the master bedroom in my opinion. It felt cold and sterile and needed some warmth to it.
The wall with the decorative art work is where my gallery wall is now!
First, I roughly laid out the newly painted frames and the
mirrors new chalkboard frames. I tried a few arrangements until I got the look I was going for. I wanted some depth on the wall, and figured out a relatively easy pattern that incorporated big and small frames who’s glass I had broken previously, that I found laying around the house.
My husband will be shocked when he sees this picture.
I mean, I took my time and used a level! This never happens. Usually I pop in a nail here or there or anywhere and don’t worry, knowing I can tweak it later with some more holes.
I have learned my awful lesson, and despise filling in holes left from pictures and wall art.
I am gaining patience and persistence with every passing year, and project. 🙂
Me and that level took our time.
I may have even used some dry wall studs for extra security.
I am on a roll.
My husband and parents, I’m sure, are beaming. Thankful that all of their speeches on measuring twice and smashing holes in walls once, has now paid off.
I am loving my idea to incorporate some chalkboard frames within the little gallery wall. It leaves the perfect place to write
chore lists sweet reminders.
Our initials. 🙂
Our son asked where the rest of the alphabet was…
This is a working dresser in our bedroom which holds nice things and functional things.
These two lamps use to be black and I painted them a glossy white to add some brightness to this wall.
Framed pictures of the family wouldn’t be complete without one of our dog Lola,
Art adores her and the kids love to ride her as a pony. Poor thing puts up with it all. She may eat garbage like its the last food source on earth, but she treats her family well with abundant snuggles.
This little area charges our phones and cameras. It is so great to know where you can find a charging source in a busy house.
I love white candles. You will find them throughout our house. They create such a nice ambiance, though the fake candles are just fine when the kids are about.
I love the way this little wall ended up turning out. It is at the foot of our bed and is quite the focal point. The kids have already written little love notes on the chalkboard frames and I am still pinching myself from listing the honey-do-list. 😉
And just because I love a good before and after…
And THAT is my interpretation of a little gallery wall.
I cant wait to play around with the chalkboards and write cute little sayings and funny reminders. It is a great way to immediately personalize a space.
Here’s to gallery walls and chalkboard paint!!!
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The Remodeled LifeOctober 10, 2012 at 1:06 pm
I love this! It's such a sweet idea and it looks beautiful :). I love the color of your dresser, did you paint it?
bethanygierOctober 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm
Thanks so much! You have a good eye; the dresser IS painted. I will do a post on that lonnnnnggggg project later 😉 Thanks for taking a look!
AnonymousOctober 11, 2012 at 10:30 am
It looks great. I love the way you can change the look with different says, words,pictures on the black board frames. I have a large black board in our family room. It has our lists and jobs etc and we write quotes, poems pictures..etc. Even visitors like to contribute. Black board paint is fun!
Oh and I can sooooo relate to wanting to whack something up without checking the level…. Frustrating but worth it in the end..( I do have to remind myself that EVERY TIME though ;).
Can't wait to see your other before and afters. Happy painting.
Shabby chic SandyOctober 13, 2012 at 2:50 am
That looks really fun and cute!
SarahOctober 13, 2012 at 5:25 pm
This turned out so well! I'm visiting from Happy Hour Friday, and am your newest follower! Love your projects and your little family! Looking forward to a new bloggy friendship!
srpprcrftrOctober 14, 2012 at 4:31 am
Despite some trial and error you got the job done excellently. I love the idea of the frames within the frames and making chalkboards. Haven't seen the frames turned into chalkboards, especially in a bedroom. Great to leave sweet notes to your honey.
Too often we get too busy to say the things we should to our other half. Good for you. We can all use your idea for inspiration.
I too tend to just put that nail in the wall without being sure it's properly balanced and level, (don't come to our house to see how wonky alot of the pictures are on the wall, (sigh). My hubs has given up scolding me after almost 44 yrs. of it.
bethanygierOctober 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm
Thanks for the encouragement! And for swinging by to take a look! I am like you and would rather get something done myself then wait for it to get done properly! lol I can sympathise with your frame issues too. Come visit again soon. 🙂
bethanygierOctober 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Sarah, thanks for the visiting and for following too! Ill be visiting you too ofcource. Cheers to new bloggy friendships!! xo
srpprcrftrOctober 15, 2012 at 4:40 am
Hi Bethany Thanks for taking the time to reply. I so enjoy "meeting" such talented and wonderful people bloggers are. Finding so many incredible blogs has renewed my creative juices. Hubs says he has to find time for me to "squeeze" him in. lol
SJ@SweeterStillOctober 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm
This looks beautiful! I love the combo of the chalkboards and the empty frames.
Courtney ~ French Country CottageOctober 18, 2012 at 3:45 pm
I love your chalkboard wall-so charming!! Sharing at the party tonight~ thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!
BeccaOctober 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm
So very beautiful! I love your creativity … thanks for the inspiration! (Found you through French Country Cottage!)
bethanygierOctober 19, 2012 at 1:40 am
Thanks for coming over and taking a peek and for the lovely comments!
Jenny RossMarch 12, 2014 at 9:27 am
It's quite a beautiful idea. Just can't resist saving that images of beautiful frames
bethanygierMarch 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm
I know, Jenny, I am the same way! I just cant resist frames for some reason. I have a big collection that I share with friends for photo shoots and things too. 🙂 I guess they come in handy! 😉
have a blessed day!