Frames in the Hallway…. finally!

Remember when my dad and I tackled board & batten in our hallway last winter? Here’s a gif that will bring you up to speed:board and batten hallwayWhen the board & batten project was done, the hallway looked like this…
board and batten hallway… and the hall stayed looking exactly like that for the past few months. I absolutely loved the board and batten and thought I wanted frames running down the hallway (just like my inspiration from Young House Love), but I also wanted to live with the new look for awhile to see if that’s what I reaallllyyyy wanted (aka I didn’t want to rush the process and end up having design regret).

Frames Hallway Board and BattenAfter living with the look for a few months now, I recently came to the conclusion that it was finally time to add those frames (!!!!). I picked up 6 frames from Michael’s (eventually I needed 9 to finish the project) and spaced them out along the hallway to “test drive” the look.

I was lucky that I didn’t have to do too much measuring because I used the vertical strips from the board & batten to line up the frames evenly. Knowing that these strips were measured out accurately (thanks dad!) guaranteed that the frames would be too if I aligned them accordingly.

Frames Hallway Board and BattenOnce I liked the spacing, I started measuring and lightly marking. FYI the frames are eye level, which is at 37″ above the top of the board and batten and the frames have about 17″ of space in between.

Rookie Tip: if you’re not sure how high to hang your frames, you can’t go wrong with eye level!  Bridget Frames Hallway Board and BattenIt was a bit tedious making sure all of the frames were level down the entire hallway, but with some measuring and attention to detail it wasn’t as intimidating as I originally thought. I was able to measure, hang AND line up the entire hallway of frames all by myself, and if an anti-measuring gal like me can make it work, I KNOW that you can do it too. Frames Hallway Board and BattenLike I mentioned before I did have to go back to Michael’s to get 3 more frames for a grand total of 9 frames. The frames were $36.00 each (originally) but were 50% off, so each frame cost me about $13. Nine frames at $13 a piece brought me to a grand total of $117 <— not bad at all BUT believe it or not, the frames cost me more than the board & batten!! Can you believe that?!

Now if I can only figure out what to put in these frames. I feel like if I had kids, it would be easy to fill them with pictures of them. But with just Matt & I, we for sure will not be creating a gallery of us…hahaha awkward! My initial thoughts were framing pages from a book (can’t really find a book that fits the ticket though), then I thought framing travel photos could be cool (still an option), and then I thought I could just BUY art (but that can become pretty expensive quickly). ANY AND ALL HELP IS VERY WELCOMED! If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them (sidenote: the opening is 10×13). At the pace this hallway is moving, it may be awhile before I decide….

… and I’m OKAY with that! #workinprogress

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  • Ali Ferry

    What about some pretty botanicals?!?

    • Great idea… definitely an option, especially when the weather gets warmer.

  • Lisa Niemeyer

    Minted.com has great art prints. Or buy stock photography /illustrations

    • YES… great idea!! I just wonder if they should all be “coordinated” or just any gorgeous prints without worrying about matching a certain color/theme.

  • Nikki

    You could do what YHL did a frame the art from a calendar. There are some really artsy calendars that would look great and be inexpensive!

    • I definitely thought about this too, but I haven’t found a calendar that I LOVE enough. Thanks Nikki!

  • Laura V

    Hi Bridget,

    You should consider wrapping paper or fabric. I have tried both and it works really well, specially on a bigger opening like yours. Good luck!

    Laura

    • Thanks Laura! That would definitely be an affordable option. =)

  • Amanda Risius

    Board and batten looks much easier when you do it than in my mind! Measuring isn’t my strong suit…ha. You could totally make some shibori fabric and hang that in the frames.

    amandakatherine.com

    • Aw, thanks Amanda!! And I completely agree…. measuring isn’t my strong suit either, thank goodness I had my dad to keep me on track. =/ #yikes

      Thanks for the fabric idea!

  • Kellie Laurson

    How about framing pieces of maps? You could antique them with old coffee if you don’t want the straight color. And most states/cities will send you a free map, if you contact their travel and tourism site.

    • I am officially OBSESSED with this idea, thank you so much for sharing Kellie!! I love the idea of antiquing them too… wow!! I need to look into this ASAP!

      Thank you!

    • Kellie Laurson

      You are so very welcome! Good luck and have fun!

  • amy

    how far are you spacing the frames in the hallway. I have to get mine up!