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Chicago Skyline Watercolor – Free Printable

Chicago
About a month ago, I introduced everyone to our new and improved picture ledge wall. So far we have been absolutely loving it! I’ve had so much fun rearranging and changing out all of the frames and art whenever inspiration strikes.
I want to show you an updated piece of “art” that we recently added to our little master bedroom display…
Ikea picture ledge
See that blue watercolor all the way to the left in the display? That’s the new addition.
I took the photo when we did a boat tour last summer. I always loved the picture, but never really did much with it. Once the waterlogue app came out, I put my picture through the app and voila….my picture was instantly a beautiful piece of art! (Bridget recently did the same for St. Patrick’s Day in this post. Such a cool gift or personalized piece of art..right?!)
Chicago watercolor in frame
The blues, greens, and whites fit perfectly in our room. It adds a bit of color to the wall, without being too overwhelming. I’m in l.o.v.e. with it!
Chicago skyline art
free printable chicago
The best part about this Chicago watercolor? You can add it to your home for FREE. Just download the link below and print it out on a card stock or thick paper. Pop that bad boy in a frame and you’ll have some Chicago pride in your home in no time at all.
You can download the free print right here.
Happy Friday everyone! Cheers to the weekend.
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Our Hallway Gallery Wall

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I’m a sucker for gallery walls.
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.
Gallery Wall Here
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.
Wall 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.
Christmas wrapping paper outlines
After plenty of readjusting, this is the pattern I came up with on our wall.
Lay frames on the floor
I then laid out the matching frames directly on the floor in front of the wall.
Empty frames on gallery 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!
White frames in gallery wall
I tried to keep the same color scheme throughout all of the white frames (blues & grays), and went with both pictures and prints.
Love letter art
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.
Love letters framed
Home is wherever i'm with you frame
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.
Engagement photos
I also printed out a few of our engagement photos to include in our gallery wall.
Gallery wall with pictures
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I am loving every single thing up there, and I’m looking forward to changing it up whenever inspiration strikes.
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What do you think about gallery walls? Are you a fan…or are they not for you? 
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  1. Runt

    I love gallery walls too. I have the perfect wall in my home, I just haven’t gotten around to making it the gallery wall. Sigh. One day! =]

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    1. Runt

      My home is definitely a rustic theme, so what I would LOVE to do is find a huge frame to fill the gallery wall and then do something like chicken wire and mini clothespins, rather than the multiple frame idea. But either way, I love gallery walls. They’re so fun!

  2. Runt

    I love gallery walls too. I have the perfect wall in my home, I just haven’t gotten around to making it the gallery wall. Sigh. One day! =]

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  3. Krystle

    I am searching for a state picture just like the one you have, I’ve been searching forever. How did you do that?

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    1. Krystle

      Thank you!! I just found your blog about two weeks ago. I LOVE it! You guys have given me great ideas for our apartment…on a budget!! Thank you and keep up the amazing DIY ideas! (btw, I love you guys’ homes..beautiful and personal!)

  4. Krystle

    I am searching for an Arkansas state picture just like the one you have, I’ve been searching forever. How did you do that?

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  5. Krystle

    Thank you!! I just found your blog about two weeks ago. I LOVE it! You guys have given me great ideas for our apartment…on a budget!! Thank you and keep up the amazing DIY ideas! (btw, I love you guys’ homes..beautiful and personal!)

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Cathy,
      I’d say a majority of them are from Ikea. They have tons of white inexpensive ones! But honestly you can get pretty nice ones anywhere! Goodwill, Salvation army..get some on the cheap at different sizes and then spray paint them all the same color, or go for all different!

      Good luck!
      Casey

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17 thoughts on “Our Hallway Gallery Wall

  1. Runt

    I love gallery walls too. I have the perfect wall in my home, I just haven’t gotten around to making it the gallery wall. Sigh. One day! =]

    Reply
  2. Runt

    I love gallery walls too. I have the perfect wall in my home, I just haven’t gotten around to making it the gallery wall. Sigh. One day! =]

    Reply
  3. Krystle

    I am searching for a state picture just like the one you have, I’ve been searching forever. How did you do that?

    Reply
  4. Krystle

    I am searching for an Arkansas state picture just like the one you have, I’ve been searching forever. How did you do that?

    Reply
  5. Krystle

    Thank you!! I just found your blog about two weeks ago. I LOVE it! You guys have given me great ideas for our apartment…on a budget!! Thank you and keep up the amazing DIY ideas! (btw, I love you guys’ homes..beautiful and personal!)

    Reply
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Gallery Wall Follow Up

nautical 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!!!!

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  1. Vida

    Very nice Bridget! Lovin the creativity here! Been browsing your blog and your new place is adorable!! Best of luck!

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  1. Vida

    Very nice Bridget! Lovin the creativity here! Been browsing your blog and your new place is adorable!! Best of luck!

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