Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Gallery Wall

The playroom walls are bare no more.  B.J. is probably the most excited about this.  He can't stand a blank wall.  And blank these are not.

I've been thinking about what pictures, paintings, frames, etc. would work well for a playroom gallery wall for a while now.  So when it came time to make it happen, I immediately started grabbing what we already had on hand and played around with arrangements on the floor. 

The only thing I bought for the wall was a wood frame and post card set from Ikea.  I think together it came to five bucks.  I can handle that.  Everything else we had on hand.  That's the beauty of a gallery wall.  You can put random, funky things together and it works.

Once I narrowed down the items and found the arrangement that I liked, I measured how wide it would be. That way I knew where to start the first frame on the wall.  That was the only measuring I did.  Another beautiful thing about a gallery wall, imperfect is perfect.  I did snap a picture of the arrangement on the floor so I could eyeball the position of each item in relation to the next.  I worked from the book tree out on each wall.

One morning naptime later, the wall looked like this.

And after Charley was tucked in for bed, the other wall looked like this.

Now let's get up close and personal to this gallery wall, shall we?

The small canvas that reads, "She believed she could so she did." was gifted to me by my sister years ago. And the white frame next to it is holding the Valentine card Charley's grandma made for her.  It was too cute not to hang up somewhere so I taped it to a piece of coordinating scrapbook paper and slapped it in a frame.

The wood frame is one of the post cards I mentioned earlier and the yellow canvas is a painting I made a few months ago.  You can read more about it here.  Above that is a New York City canvas painting.

I bought this crazy mustache paper a while ago and finally found a use for it.  If there's anywhere you can hang framed mustaches, it's a playroom gallery wall, right?  Above that is a drawing of a stack of books I did years ago.  It's been living in the plaryroom for a a while now. And way up top there is a small mirror from Crate and Barrel.

On the other side is a big United States map I bought recently in Chicago.  Originally it was going to hang on our map wall upstairs, but I swiped it for the playroom.  Below that is B.J.'s painting like my yellow one.  The flower painting was actually done by my mom at the same painting place B.J. and I went to.  She didn't like how it turned out but I think it's perfect in here.  Stuck in between all of those pictures are the small framed book covers from my baby shower.  You can read more about those here.

On the very end is more framed scrapbook paper and a wooden name puzzle.

That's what the gallery wall looks like for now.  I'm sure things will get swapped out here and there.  Especially once Charley gets her hands on some markers and starts creating her own art.  I would gladly replace my drawings and paintings for Charley's.

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  1. Great color choices. I love that you your choices. That NYC canvas is cool.

    I cannot wait to have a play room for Isaac. I am planning to makeshift our patio into one once spring weather hits! Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thanks, Greta! A patio playroom sounds awesome! Lots of natural light

  2. Hi Liz! Coming over from Deme's blog. I love Charley's playroom. You did such a great job. It's apparent a lot of love and hard work went into creating the space. I'm so jealous that you have a dedicated playroom. ;)

    Sharon @ Desert Willow Lane

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! I feel blessed to have the extra space, as well. I do still try to create little nooks around the house for Charley so she isn't confined to one area. But a dedicated playroom is very nice!

  3. LOVE her space! What is the paint color?!

  4. Thank you! The top of the chair rail is white (not sure the exact name but it's bright white) and the bottom is black chalkboard paint.