Nautical Gallery Wall

I love taking pictures but I'm a picture-printing-procrastinator. I've bought several Groupons for photo books -- they've expired. I have picture frames on display in our house -- they're filled with models and their model children.

I am allergic to printing pictures.

If it weren't for my mom begging me to print her some pictures of the boys I probably would have left all these frames blank for at least a year or two... or until we moved, at which point I would've convinced myself it was a smart idea to leave them empty because it helps when the potential buyer can envision their own family in the house. Just bein' smart.

Last summer I started collecting nautical-themed items for N's room. The first was this Welcome sign that I re-painted using this technique. I decided not to distress it because several other pieces for the wall were distressed and I wanted it to be a mix of clean and weathered.

I found this piece of artwork (along with 2 others) at a garage sale. I already had so many anchors/oars/etc. so I yanked the rope and life preserver off and just painted it red and did some light distressing.



This frame was a fun re-do. I lost the before picture but it was just an ugly old brown frame. I white-washed it using basic $1 craft paint then wrapped the sides in rope. I used a strand of the rope and some misc. fabric to make the pennants (or bunting, or flags, or whatever these are called!)

Although I wish I could say the oar was an amazing garage sale find, sadly, it was not. Although, it was a pretty great Home Goods find considering it was the only one they had and it was buried under a bunch of broken junk in the clearance aisle. Certainly not placed there by accident. I am all too familiar with that move. Nice try fellow oar-wanter, but you can't hide stuff from me!

The oar was $14.99 and originally had turquoise stripes, but I repainted them red.

This large white frame (with this cute chubby-cheek babes) was a brown wooden frame that I just painted white.

And that chincy wheel-frame-presever chain thing is just what it looks like. I needed something for the right side that was tall and skinny and this was all I could come up with. Boo. Need to find a replacement for it.

So a quick step-by-step for a gallery wall:

Step 1: Lay out your design on the floor.

Step 2: Measure the layout and determine if it will fit  in the space on your wall.

Step 3: If layout won't work, re-arrange. I ended up removing the white frame and anchor from the left side and ended up with this:

Step 4: Trace all your pieces on newspaper (*see tip below about this), cut out the shapes, and arrange on your wall. This idea courtesy of Before Meets After (found on Pinterest).
I ended up having to move the group down three times! I still think it's a little too high, but whatev. An important *tip* I learned here would be to use magazine paper INSTEAD of newspaper. Smudges galore:

Step 5: Hang pictures. I used 3M Command Strips when possible.

Step 6 (the hardest step): Get pictures printed.

Step 7 (also a hard step): Place pictures in frames.

Start to Finish:

Done-zo!
Vintage Pepsi crate

Pretty happy with the results. I think one more oar along the bottom, flipped the opposite way would make it perfect (oh, and finding a replacement for the chain-o-nautical-stuff). I'll need to head back to Home Goods and see if the oar-wanter has any new hiding places.

Linking up to {My 1929 Charmer, Sisters of the Wildwest, Debbiedoos, Nifty Thrifty Things, Coastal Charm}

20 comments:

  1. Such a darling wall. It really turned out cute. I especially love how you personalized the sign.

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  2. Ohh This is really cute, very special and looks awesome, he'll enjoy being there.

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  3. I think it looks perfect as is ... no second oar needed! And I love your no picture rationale. I may need to adopt that logic even though we have absolutely no plans of selling the house for many, many years ...

    :)

    Linda

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    1. No second oar? Convinced! Consider that project complete :)

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  4. I love the way your gallery wall turned out! I have been wanting to do this for a while, but I also find it hard to get the pictures printed...and even harder to get them into frames. Your wall is so adorable...makes me want to get started on mine! :)

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  5. Nice! I like the frame with the white wash and rope.

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  6. Lovely! Real canoe paddles are cheap! Paint them yourself!

    Frames on my oar wall are still empty too!

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    1. You have an oar wall??? Oh I'd love to see it!

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  7. Love the font you used for your son's name. Where did you get the stencil from?

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    1. Hi Heart Vintage Design - I hand-painted his name using this tutorial from My Pink Life: http://aimee-weaver.blogspot.com/2011/06/sign-tutorial-how-to-make-wood-sign.html

      The font I used was a free download called "The Dreamer." I've used it on a few things and really love it!

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  8. I love your gallery wall! The items you used are great and I love how you made them your own. You did a super job!

    I think you might want to check this out:

    http://randomthoughtsfromanincoherentmind.blogspot.com/2012/06/nautical-wall-gallery-in-spotlight.html

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  9. Well done!

    Great reminder about the newspaper trick as well- I always forget to do that and end up with lots of holes in my drywall, haha.

    Congrats on being feature awarded from Random Thoughts from an Incoherent Mind!

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  10. Hi Katie,
    Visiting from Random Thoughts and wanted to say how cute I thought your nautical wall collage is! You did a great job with all the details and it really shows!

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  11. Beautiful Katie! Congrats on being newbie spotlight of the week. Gina picked a great one this week. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party too.

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  12. Hi Katie, I just saw you featured over at Gina's. LOVE LOVE your nautical wall!!! My favorite is how you transformed that little welcome sign with his name!

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  13. Totally adorable! Just perfect for a little boy's room. I stopped by from Gina's and so glad I did. Congrats on being featured this week!

    Pat

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  14. Looks great, you are very talented!

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  15. love your photo gallery, it turned out so cute! Guess you can get rid of the
    models pics that were in the frames!

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  16. Hi Katie,
    I read about your blog over at my sweet friend Gina's blog. Just had to stop by and tell you that I loved, love, love your gallery wall. All the nautical elements are perfect. Great job. It was nice meeting you. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,
    Ana

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  17. That is adorable! I love everything about it!

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