Why always run out and BUY when there are just as many amazing resources for FREE? Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Etsy and spend entirely more than my rookie salary suggests I should spend on Etsy, but I also love the challenge of trying to do it for less. Isn’t that what DIY is virtually all about? The hunt. The adventure. The personal touch. Whatever “it” is at the time, it’s always fun to get a look for less. In today’s case, “it” was my office gallery wall. A few months ago, “it” was the gallery wall in the laundry room. I love Etsy, but I also love me FREE. Today, free it is! I’m here to share my gallery wall prints, so you can get FREE too.
Ironically, first up in the gallery wall line-up is not a printable, but it was FREE to me. I made this string art a few years back with Casey. I was using it somewhere else in the house, but decided to give it some new life by adding it to the wall. Although it won’t be free to you, I can offer a free tutorial. #excusetheawfulphotos #babyblogrookies
Next up- this fun FREE printable from Classy Clutter. (Have you seen some of their makeovers? Amazing!!! You have to check them out, they are adorable & so talented)
Random Horn Hook- clearance at HomeGoods.
This one is possibly my favorite. With a little washi tape, I stuck that bad boy right on the wall and cannot get enough. “You’re a gem…” I just love it. The watercolor. The geometric hints. The message. Perfection…all yours FREE!
The modern hexagons totally stole my heart. I love how this frame compliments the shapes and colors of the print. I added the metal “58” numbers and styled it a little different, but I just love the simplicity. You have to check out how Nalle added a little gold for a super creative edgy look.
This weather vane (?) was actually a $2 thrift store find. It used to be gold, and unfortunately, not a cute kind of trendy gold. An ugly, tarnished, off-gold. I added a little white & teal spray paint. Super easy, totally worth the two bucks.
This enlarged print came with our wedding package. Call me crazy, but I absolutely love it. Like I mentioned earlier this week, I was totally inspired by Deanne’s print and knew I needed to incorporate this preppy look into our home.
Both of the storage drawers on top of the desk were from HomeGoods. They are home to some office essentials, and the little boxes to the right hold all of our cords… separately. #lovethat
The wishbone on the bulletin board can be found here. But you have to check out how Jen used it in her gold & glamorous office gallery wall. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!
And last but not least, the three prints that mean the most to me. I wanted to create three pieces of very simple art that reflects my outlook on… well, life really.
Work Hard. Be Kind. Stay Humble.
If there were three rules I hope to live by and stay true to, I hope it is these three simple phrases. And what better way to remind myself of these truths than through a constant reminder in our home?
And that’s exactly what I did. I created 3 printables and hung them in our office to constantly remind us to always….
1. Work Hard.
2. Be Kind.
3. Stay Humble.
And because I heart you all so much (and owe these fabulously creative people who shared their creativity with me!), I decided to share these free printables with the internet world.. and of course, all of you. You can choose to print one of the quotes, all of the quotes or mix & match the colored and white version of the prints to remind yourself of the importance of work ethic, humility, and respect.
Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyy…. my two $6 Goodwill cabinets are living their happily ever after in my DIY office desk!
Remember what they used to look like?!
Pretty much like $6 Goodwill cabinets. Who knew they had such a glamorous road ahead of them? Check out their new digs…
Have I mentioned almost all of these wall printables were #FREE?!
Except for this one of course. This photo was inspired by this über creative duo and I could not be more grateful for their inspiration… love it! Thanks Deanne!
Did you catch the tutorial on how to make a hole like this for your cords… in 3 easy steps?
That bad boy is such a lifesaver! Plus, it cuts down on cord clutter and secretly hides everything!
I love it! (And really love that the project is finally DONE!). This space has come a long way from the original plan…
…and I am so dang thankful. Plus, with the $6 cabinets, the DIY desk top, and all the free printables on the gallery wall… this was one super affordable makeover! Tune in FRIDAY for the cost breakdown and the links to all of the art – FREE!
PS. I know there’s a lot to cover & I’m always pretty awful at hitting everything. If you have a specific question… leave it in the comments and I’ll add it to Friday’s post.
Yay for amazingly creative people who share their creations with the world to enjoy over & over again on the internet. I mean seriously though, I love them! It’s crazy how generous & resourceful the internet can be and how many amazing treasures you can borrow from the internet to make your home perfect for you & your style…. all free thanks to the selfless talents people share every single day! That’s pretty much exactly what I did for my laundry room gallery wall. Why go out and buy art, especially when you can’t find the perfect pieces, when you can find what you’re looking for as a free printable online?
Plus, I won’t feel bad re-doing my little wall of laundry room “happy” whenever I feel like it, as in when these bright summer colors fade into the fall.
But let’s not get a head of ourselves here, I’m still loving the bright and cheery personality these pieces bring. Here’s where I got each…
The basket may just be my favorite part of this gallery wall. I love that it adds some serious function to the wall. It is designed to hold socks that don’t have a pair at the moment- you know, those socks that had a partner when they were thrown into the wash but somehow lost their better halves along the way. #hatethat
The pink love quote was a greeting card from Target! I had it left over from this project and thought it could be a perfect fit for this colorful combo. I’m not typically someone who decorates with pink (especially for the sake of Matt), but I thought since I do most of the laundry… why not?! Plus, after our long & brutal Chicago winter, I just can’t get enough of these bright colors this Spring!
This hook also adds some serious function to the space and is so convenient on a day-to-day basis. It’s a three piece hook that I scored at HomeGoods for $5 (on sale!). I’ve been using it to hang my work blouses that can’t be put into the dryer, especially when I’m too lazy to get a hanger. It’s the perfect temporary solution when I’m in a rush and trying to change loads with little maintenance. I really do use it for at least three different shirts during most loads… it’s perfect!
You can download your own version of this laundry cheat sheet here. If you don’t like yellow, this print comes in four adorable colors. I enlarged the image and actually cut off some of the print (like the title) when I framed the chart. I thought it was a fun way to see the symbols more clearly and add a pop of laundry room color, plus I had an awkward 4×6 frame to fill and it just seemed to work. I mean how adorable are these FREE charts by Jennifer? What color do you like the best?
If you know me outside of the blog, you probably know that I love junk food- especially donuts. I have never met a donut I didn’t like love and so it’s no surprise that I adore the donut-as-decor trend that’s happening around the blogosphere. I used this adorable donut printable paired with a piece of old scrapbook paper. The printable comes with at least a baker’s dozen of colorful donuts to choose from, unfortunately, I could only fit 3 into the mix. If you end up using these sweet prints for anything, you have to let me know!! I’d love to see how you put your own spin on them, plus, a little extra inspiration to use the rest of these donuts is much welcomed.
I’m a sucker for Sarah M. Dorsey designs… I mean seriously, her free printables are amazing, plus there are so many to choose from!! You can find this flamingo here, but wow… don’t miss out on her polka dot print, Be Amazing printable, or her super creative His & Hers frame ideas & prints!! Did I mention that she offers almost all of her free prints in a variety of colors to fit your space? Ugh…. love her!
And how stinkin’ cute are these stain removal tags? I found this free printable from the Better Homes and Gardens website. I used the yellow tags, but they come in a variety of colors and with a variety of directions for any type of stain you can imagine. Lipstick, grass, a few types of food, even wine! Such an adorable idea that can be used in all sorts of ways in the laundry room. Check out how they use them on a ring… love!
And last but very not least, I found this cheerful canvas art from Target because heck, today & everyday is a very good day! I don’t know about you, but an unexpected reminder that life really is amazing is much appreciated, especially when I’m cursing under my breath as I finish the laundry. I’m one lucky lady and have so much to be thankful for. This positive reminder makes sure I remember just that…
Plus, I can’t say no to my favorite pop of blue-y teal.
I’m so thankful for the crazy creative (and generous) people that put this amazing art on the internet for people like me to use! The color, the personality, the price tag… I love it all.
But let me ask you… where are your favorite places to get free printables?! Where do you use free art in your home? Do you change it often or is it typically there to stay? I’d love to hear from you…
How many of you are totally TV in the bedroom people? I’m talking that bad boy is on your dresser, you watch your favorite shows in bed, and you fall asleep to it on every night. (I’m guessing maybe a majority??)
Now, how many of you say “no way” to a television in the boudoir? Perhaps you’re more of a TV in the family room type group?
Well..we’ve recently switched over to the “no TV in the bedroom” camp. Yep. It happened, and we haven’t looked back.
See we were barely ever watching our television in the bedroom. The only time it was ever really used was when I would watch the news in the morning as I got ready for work. Seemed kinda silly to have a huuuge black box on our dresser, to be used only 30 minutes a day. So we sold that sucker and we were then left with a very bare, very sad looking bedroom dresser area.
I did my best to accessorize and stage the area, but it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’.
No matter what I put on the dresser, everything just looked puny on the big gray wall. I knew that I was in need of some serious height to draw the eye up and away from that large, dark, piece of furniture.
I didn’t want to create another gallery wall, because we have one we love in our hallway. Instead, I decided that I should use the same picture ledge frames that I used for my brother’s record wall. That way I could still incorporate some of our favorite pictures and “art” into our master bedroom, and I could easily change out each frame whenever I wanted.
Our New Picture Ledges
One quick trip to Ikea, (okay who am I kidding, it’s never quick. There’s just so much pretty stuff to gaze at…) and I was all set to tackle this project.
I picked up 2 white picture ledges and a wide variety of black and white frames. I hemmed and hawed over going all black, or going all white, but ultimately I decided to do the two-tone look. It worked out great and I was able to pull from a wide variety of frames that we already owned.
Just as I did for my brother’s record wall, I used wall anchors and screws to get these up and secure. It didn’t take me more than 30 minutes with my power drill. Honestly, the hardest part was figuring out how to arrange the frames, and then what to put inside each one!
I ended up filling each frame with an assortment of meaningful items. Above I have some cool vintage keys, a Chicago greeting card, and I also framed one of our save the dates (you can read more about those right here).
Here’s some scrabble wall art that I made a few years ago. It’s traveled along with us from place to place, and it somehow always finds a place in our home. We’re big gamers and this shows off our competitive spirit.
Now this is by far my favorite piece on the wall. It is actually an old letter written by my great-grandmother. This year for Christmas, my grandma made each of the grandchildren a book of letters from her mom. It’s over 50 pages long and it is all handwritten. In it, she outlines her entire life…from her childhood in the 1890’s, up until she wrote these letters in 1981. I read it cover to cover right away. I laughed, I cried, I loved every single minute of it. It is a gift I will treasure forever and I wanted to display one small piece of it in our home. So, I chose my favorite page and framed it for this wall.
I have a few other fun things up there and it is still constantly changing. I love that I can just change out a picture, a print, or an art piece, anytime inspiration strikes.
Even though our television is gone, this wall is still plenty entertaining. It’s filled with our favorite memories and some of the best times from our lives…and to us, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Every year for Christmas my siblings and I do a grab bag and this year I just so happened to pick my brother Ryan. I was at a total loss as to what to get for him. He has everything he needs, and if he wants something he will just buy it for himself. What is a girl to do?
Then after visiting his apartment around Thanksgiving, I came up with a brilliant plan. See, my brother has quite the collection of old record albums. He has dozens that he has acquired over the years, and even has some old ones from my mom’s high school days. They’re pretty amazing, but they’re just sitting in piles around his apartment.
I decided to enlist the help of my fellow rookie, Bridget, and together we came up with a plan to display some of those old records. I purchased 3 of these picture ledges from Ikea and I used my spare key to get in his place. Then while he was at work, Bridget and I got to work to create a record filled wall.
This was the setup when we arrived (gingerbread house and all!) We decided to create the display on the wall with that random art piece. It was cool, but wasn’t quite proportionate for the space. We moved that to another wall, and quickly got to work.
I drilled in holes for anchors, while Bridget sorted through all of Ry’s records to find the best ones to display. It was simply a matter of measuring, putting in an anchor, and screwing in the picture ledge.
We were done in no time at all!
Now all of those old record albums are on display for all to see. It shows off his love of music and adds a bit of old school sass to his space. Plus, the records are still handy so he can choose one and listen to it whenever he wants.
We left his place eager for him to get home from work to see his new wall. I have to admit, I was a little nervous that he wouldn’t like it. I mean, I wouldn’t exactly be happy if someone came into my home and changed things around.
But lucky for me he absolutely loved it and thought it was a very creative gift!
So what do you think? Think the rookies ROCKED this Christmas present or what?
I know it is just a bunch of frames randomly grouped together and then hung on a wall. I get it, it’s not that revolutionary. But I just love them, and I personally think they’re a must for every home. Gallery walls work out great because you don’t have to commit to a big piece of pricey art, and you can constantly change out the prints in the frames for a new look.
When we moved in, I immediately scoured our place for a great gallery wall spot. There were limited areas, but I decided to go with a narrow wall in the front hallway. Front hallway = maximum exposure to all of our guests.
It wasn’t a heck of a lotta space, but I knew I could squeeze in at least a dozen frames on there. I would just have to be picky with what would make the cut.
I first gathered all of my frames, as well as the necessary hanging supplies.
In the past, I’ve always hung my frames with a good ol’ hammer and nails. But I’ve recently been introduced to these awesome velcro command strips. They are very easy to apply and don’t ruin your walls. (hello security deposit, I’m getting you back!)
Whenever I’m hanging something on the wall, I always use the “wrapping paper trick.” I measure each of my frames, and then cut out corresponding pieces of wrapping paper for every one. Then I just use some tape and move them around the wall until I come up with a pattern that I like.
After plenty of readjusting, this is the pattern I came up with on our wall.
I then laid out the matching frames directly on the floor in front of the wall.
Once I got it the way I liked it, I just followed the instructions on the strips and got to hanging! It was tedious, but my gallery wall was up and hanging in no time at all.
Then it was time for the fun part…filling those frames!
I tried to keep the same color scheme throughout all of the white frames (blues & grays), and went with both pictures and prints.
I made this above piece of “art.” I simply took some of our old love letters, found some of my favorite lines, and cut them out in the shape of a heart. A little glue and paper finished off my romantic masterpiece.
I found this free printable from the fabulous Sarah Dorsey Designs right here. She has 6 colors you can choose from to download and print right at home. Let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for anything with a map.
No, no…not because I like looking in mirrors. There’s no “who’s the fairest of them all?” going on in this household.
I love mirrors because they can reflect light and really transform the feel of a room. They’re shiny, pretty, and they instantly add a bit of sparkle and glam to a space.
If you follow us on Pinterest, then you may have noticed that lately I’ve been a mad woman pinning up a storm! Many of those pins are of gorgeous gallery walls, all featuring (you guessed it!) MIRRORS!
Are these not all seriously gorgeous!? The varying mirror shapes, colors, textures, and arrangements make each room one of a kind!
All of this eye candy got me thinking, can I have my own mirror gallery wall?
After strolling around our loft, I found a wall that was begging for a new look.
This wall in our master bedroom has always been a hodge-podge of random. It never really had a very cohesive look. But it’s a large space and could certainly use some glam.
The glossy green mirror on the left (remember it was an $8 score?) could potentially stay. But for now I’ll take it down and start with a blank canvas. On the right is one of our favorite songs “God Gave Me You” in a black frame. That little guy will certainly find a new home in our place somewhere.
Now that I have some inspiration and a space to work with, I need some mirrors!
I’ve started my collection…
These were found at Goodwill for $7 total! I’m contemplating spray painting one or both (white? silver? keep them as is?)
This trio of circles was found on clearance at Target for only 13 buckaroos! The round shape will certainly make arranging this gallery wall a whole lotta fun!
As you can see, this project is definitely a work in progress. I want to slowly accumulate some really great mirrors from thrift stores, antique shops, and big box stores. Right now, I’m taking all mirrors into consideration…all shapes, sizes, & colors. I’m leaning towards silvers & whites..but we will see what happens!
For now, I’ll just stare at my wall of randomness and look forward to my future mirror gallery wall!
Last week I promised that I would dish the scoop on my May DIY Challenge. Rest assured, the day has finally arrived. I am here today to give you the 411 on each item on my nautical inspired gallery wall. Get excited people….
1. This is actually a vintage dart board designed similar to a baseball field. I bought it for $4 (score) at a local Goodwill store. I love that it fits the color scheme, adds a bit of masculinity, and adds some vintage character.
2. Lobster anyone? This $7 lobster print immediately stole my heart at Home Goods. The preppy print mixed with the washed out frame adds some necessary flavor with a fun “splash” of color.
3. Another Home Goods find. I bought this plate in the tableware section of the store for $9.99. I’m digging the depth this piece adds to the gallery wall. I hung it up with a plate hanger from JoAnn Fabrics (for about $2). I was always a “pinch” intimidated by the thought of working with plate hangers but found the experience much easier than I ever would have thought! When I say easier than I thought, I mean that hanging a plate was much easier than try to hang a picture level… hopefully that puts it in perspective. Don’t be scared!
4. The center of this work of art: my beloved DIY Sign.
Using wood from an old pallet, the base was created. I mixed some brown paint with some water, to add a little texture and character to the plain pallet wood. With a few casual coats of this random mixture, I finally got the old weathered look I was hoping for.
I used a silver paint marker to trace letters I printed from the computer. “Chestnut meets Mayfield”. Chestnut is the name of the neighborhood I grew up in, while Mayfield is the name of Matt’s hometown. We love our roots, so it only seemed fitting to add the two together in our new space.
With white paint and a skinny lil’ brush, I patiently filled in my previously traced letters. And just like that, my pallet sign was born. Oh wait, did I mention this was FREE?! (An old pallet, some nails and leftover paint… FREE FREE FREE)
5. Target coat hooks for $19.99… love them! They add to the symmetry of the wall while also adding some necessary function. Any extra trick that can keep us organized is more than welcome around here.
6. Thirteen has quickly become a significant part of our relationship. Thirteen is the year of our engagement, the same year that we will be getting married, and moving into our first house.. together. Thirteen is also the day of my birthday and the same day Matt asked me out on our first date. And randomly, the letter “M”, which is the initial of our my soon-to-be new last name, just so happens to be the 13th letter in the alphabet. Including our lucky number 13 into our room was a must. We picked up these $2 numbers at Home Depot and haven’t looked back since.
7. Nautical inspired bell from Hobby Lobby. There’s no rhyme or reason for this random bell, I just loved it too much to not hang it around here somewhere.
8. This just in: I am addicted to ampersands. Yes, those curly-q symbols that mean “and” have stolen my heart and scattered their way all over our home. Making an appearance on the gallery wall was inevitable. One, because I am obsessed. Two, because an ampersand seems acceptable in a room that sleeps him AND (&) her. Matt spotted this particular ampersand at our local Target. it was on major clearance and its neutral theme with a pop of red works perfectly. $9… SOLD!
9. Rounding out the gallery wall is our old friend the crab. This treasure is a friendly reminder that there is only one crab allowed in this room. With this little guy holding the crabby title, there’s no more room for another crab or crabbiness. Thanks Home Goods for keeping us positive while still adding cuteness. Now, that is what I call… #homegoodshappy.
The grand total of the ENTIRE gallery wall….. about $75!! Grand Slam SCOREEEEE!!!!
Happy Memorial Day! I took some extra time this weekend to finish up my DIY project for Challenge Loop’s #RookieDIY Challenge. Finally, I motivated myself to finish a DIY project that has been on the to-do list for quite a while now. So with no further ado, let me take you on the journey that led to my new obsession: Nautical GALLERY WALL #RookieDIY
The master bedroom at the Longview Lodge used to look like this…
The wood wall, stripes, hints of coral and port-hole-like mirror create a nautical feel that is perfect for this east-coast wanna be. I love that this room has a relaxing, stress-free, laid back feel… almost like the beach, without all of the annoying sand.
From the time we moved into this house, I was loving the progress of the master bedroom, but I always felt like it was missing a little something.
This wall, the wall that you look at as you enter the room, was just too plain. For the past few months, I’ve been pouring over the shelves of every department store, specialty store, discount store, thrift shop, and garage sale for the perfect piece to add some flavor to this boring beige. I just couldn’t find a piece that screamed… “Buy me, buy me!” Sooo… after some serious pinspiration, I decided to create a nautical inspired Gallery Wall centered around a DIY wood sign that I have created. (more details about the DIY sign later).
My mission: To find “stuff” to center around my rustic sign.
I patiently started adding pieces to a pile that I referred to as the gallery wall’s “pile of potential.” I knew I wanted my DIY wood sign to be the center of attention, but I kept my eyes out for additional nautical inspired stuff to the “Gallery”.
The biggest piece of advice I can offer is: be patient. I seriously wish we were able to hang the gallery wall months ago, but I didn’t want to rush the process and hang something that I wasn’t head-over-heels in L.O.V.E. with.
Literally, after months and months of adding to the pile of potential, I was confident that I was finally ready to hang.
I laid out the pile of potential, rearranged the grouping several times, ditched some of the pieces and finally came up with a lay-out that I was happy with. There was no rhyme or reason for this lay-out, I just ended up liking it the best, so I ran with it… or in this case, “swam” with it. (Sorry, I had to)
Each piece has its own meaning, and all together, create a look that I was so, so excited to finally add to the boring beige. And that’s exactly what we did!
Ta-da! Unfortunately, I don’t really have a play-by-play of our hanging process because there was no logical method. With a hammer, some nails, a pencil and a level, we hung each piece until they were all up. Our philosophy: Eyeball, hang, repeat.
I’m so glad I waited until I was completely happy with the layout before hanging the gallery. Rushing the process would have forced me to hang a piece that I wasn’t completely in love with, and I know I would have regretted that every single time I looked at this masterpiece.
As far as I am concerned, this gallery wall is the perfect addition to our relaxing, nautical inspired bedroom. I feel like I have stepped into a beach cottage every time I cuddle up, and quickly realize it’s not a summer getaway every morning I hear my alarm ring at 6:00 am.
No vacation here, don’t let the lobster fool you.
Let’s check back at the dramatic before & after.
From boring beige…
… to nautical gallery wall!
Check back next week as I give you the details behind each item up there. The “Chestnut meets Mayfield” sign is a DIY project, and the rest are local steals! Costs, store breakdowns, DIY details… I’ll dish it all next week.
Now that my Challenge Loop project has been submitted, you can find me curb side enjoying the neighborhood parade with my right hand man. I hope you are also enjoying time off with your family and friends on this special holiday.
Tune in tomorrow morning for Casey’s Challenge Loop project, and don’t forget that you can still submit your challenge loop projects. All projects due Wednesday… don’t be late! #spokenlikeatrueteacher
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