DIY Gallery Wall & Bonus Chalkboard TutorialPosted by OneMommysThoughts on Jul 16, 2013 in DIY, Pinterest, The Crafty Collaborative | 2 comments
I have finally completed a project that was purely creative and not at all functional.
I must say I feel incredibly satisfied every time I look at this wall.
I smile and feel a warmth spread through my body (extreme I know but true).
Enjoying the memories is as sweet as the colorful fabrics and playful mustache motif.
I knew I wanted to put something on the walls in our playroom but just couldn’t commit until a previous project really inspired me.
You might remember the fantastic DIY Fancy Chalkboard tutorial I used and shared back in April.
A couple of coats of chalkboard paint and this thing was ready for its frame!
Actually, I partially lie.
Per the instructions I waited 3 days before I “conditioned” it (put chalk on it then wiped it off) and then set off on the mission of finding a great quote to use for our playroom.
Next was gussy-ing up the frame.
Clearly it had seen better days and needed a fresh breath of air for new life.
I started by wiping the frame down really well so the paint would adhere.
Then one coat of white primer and two coats of Krylon Looking Glass paint before adding some detail.
I waited a full 24 hours before busting out the craft paints.
To give the frame an old but new feel I used my aqua colored craft paint on just the inner part and front of the frame.
I kept the brush pretty dry so the looking-glass paint would still show through a bit.
Then I went back and detailed with a bit of silver craft paint on the very inner edge to really make things pop.
I finished this with Rust-Oleum’s semi-gloss clear spray to give it a sheen.
A star is born and a wall complete.
For the gallery wall I used some of my older frames and freshened them up with either flat or glossy white spray paint.
If you don’t use a spray paint that is a paint and primer in one I definitely suggest using a primer first.
Always clean off your project (especially if it is dusty or greasy) before priming.
Sand in between primer and paint if you are working with wood.
The craft paints I used were dear Martha’s and I have to admit I generally do stick with her paints.
They are always good and seem to last forever!
I also purchased the lovely rainbow-colored chevron print from her too.
I am so in love with those prints.
They just make me happy.
I hope this inspires you to create something meaningful for a space in your home.
This project is cheap and cheerful so get to it!