Photo Gallery Wall–Inspired by DIY, Urban Outfitters

Hey, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and got in some quality time with the dads in your life. Michael came home yesterday so we celebrated belatedly. I decided to surprise him by mowing the yard so that he wouldn’t have to do it after traveling all day. This was my first time using the new push mower and I didn’t realize that the bottom lever activated the self-propelled mechanism until I had only 2 strips of the side yard left to mow. (Life’s confusing, y’all.)

Today I’m joining up with my favorite group of ladies for another Inspired by DIY Challenge, organized by my friend, Jess, of Domicile 37. I missed last month because I was still recovering from the guest room makeover, which was a shame because the inspiration designer was Eddie Ross. (You can see all the lovely projects by starting here.)

Inspired By DIY- Eddie Ross

This month’s inspiration store is Urban Outfitters, aka Hipster Utopia. I’m 40 years old but still feel young and think I look young, too. If you feel the same way, I have a cure for your disillusioned self. Go to your nearest Urban Outfitters, head inside, and take a good look around. You’ll quickly realize that you are in fact, hella old, and basically an expired carton of milk attached to a pair of legs with saggy knee skin. #dailyinspiration

I combed through their home products until I found something that I could use in my old lady abode, this fun dinosaur print by Meagan Higginbottom. Remember Pee Wee’s Big Adventure? “C’mon Simone, let’s talk about your big but.” One of the best movies of all time. Seriously.

dinosaur print
Palm Springs Dino Art Print by Meagen Higginbottom of Urban Dreams Photography

I already had a picture in mind from a photography workshop I attended a few weeks ago. We had to work with toys to make compelling images, and I really liked how my toy dinosaur picture turned out. Roar!

Dinosaur print

I decided my house and I aren’t cool enough to have a large toy dinosaur photo on the wall all by its lonesome and rounded up some more photos to make a gallery wall for the ladies’ lounge.

clairepenny

Paige in pool
Photo by @erinmrjoyce

umbrella canopy

stone bridge

To complete my hipster photo gallery wall, all I had to do was find some affordable gallery frames, paint them gold with my favorite gold spray paint, and hang them using the world’s handiest templates, which were included with the frames. (Thanks, Target!)

Target frames painted gold with black and white photos.

I can add more photos as the mood strikes, since I had to steal a bunch of props from other rooms to fill the negative space below the photos. I’m thinking 3 more ought to do the trick.

Gallery wall with Target frames painted gold with black and white photos.

I need to get on with it and paint the dang doors already. I made a poorly-edited mock up for your viewing pleasure. Bad editing aside, the painted doors will make a huge difference and I’ll paint them later this week.

office doors painted black

Pretty much any black and white photo in a gold frame is going to look nice. I covet the frames from West Elm and would’ve loved to call them mine if they weren’t so expensive. (Have I mentioned before that I would make an excellent lady of means?)

Now go and check out what the other ladies have come up with! I’m sure they’ve made projects more inspiring/interesting than mine, as per usual. #stillcraftingimpaired Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

 

 

16 thoughts on “Photo Gallery Wall–Inspired by DIY, Urban Outfitters

    1. Hi, Jessica! The frames are 15″x19″, 12″x15″ and 9″x11″. Those are the outer dimensions of the frames. The mats are for 8″x10″, 5″x7″ and 4″x6″. Target now sells similar frames with a gold finish so you don’t have to worry about messing with the spray paint. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Kathy! My husband asked why there was a dinosaur on the wall when he came back from a recent trip. The dinosaur stays because I think he’s cute and I like a little quirk in the house. 😉

  1. I love the picture of Claire and Paige with the stone staircase! The gallery wall looks lovely and you most definitely do not have old lady knees. And yes, PeeWee’s Big Adventure is the best movie ever. period.

    1. You haven’t seen my knees lately. Don’t worry, though–now that I’ve solved the mystery of eyeliner, no one looks at my knees. I’ll be sharing all my knowledge with you next week!

    1. Thanks, Jess! Next month I’m going to surprise you and bust out some amazingly crafty DIY–get ready! 🙂 Thanks for hosting such a fun challenge–I really enjoy it.

    1. Hi, Stacey! I love gallery walls, too. I’ll be adding something similar to the bedroom hallway soon, but I’ll mix up the frame finishes because there’s not a lot else going on in there. The paint was a good solution, but I’m still dreaming of those West Elm frames…:)

  2. What a fun challenge!! Love your gallery wall. The ladies lounge is one of my favorite rooms in your house, and this is a great addition.

    1. Thanks, Tami! I’ve been wanting to change the art work in the lounge for a while now and this challenge was a great motivator to do it. My blogging friends are so crafty–every month I think I’m going to make something amazing and it hasn’t happened yet. There’s always next month!

    1. It’s nice to have a little wall dedicated to travel pictures and the kids. The wall behind it is going to house all kinds of crazy stuff that I can’t display in other rooms, like work plaques and unusual travel finds my husband brings home. My sister (she took the pool photo) is a much better photographer than I am, but I keep plugging away at it. 🙂

  3. This is such a great idea Sharon, and it turned out so beautifully! It’s so neat that you’re taking a photography class. I have always wanted to get a professional’s take on how to really do it. Oh and you aren’t alone in the whole lever on the mower makes it go easier. I had done the same about a year ago. It’s pretty funny after the fact, but for a second I cursed myself for not knowing it and causing myself so much work. Haha!

    1. Hey, Iris! The workshop was fun but it was too basic for most bloggers. It was just a day workshop and I may take one at his studio that’s more in-depth. You’re now the third person who’s mentioned doing the same thing with the lawnmower–now I don’t feel so bad! I still want to get the West Elm frames–I like how these turned out but once I see something I really, really want, I can’t let it go!

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