Picture Frame Gallery Wall

By using picture frames purchased at garage sales and thrift stores, it's easy and cheap to create a custom gallery wall!
By using picture frames purchased at garage sales and thrift stores, it's easy and cheap to create a custom gallery wall!

I love painting wooden picture frames.  They allow me experiment with different painting techniques with no pressure.  If I mess one up, it’s easy and quick to paint over, far less frustrating than messing up a huge dresser.

Our cottage has been in the family for couple of generations, and while cleaning the place out, I found quite a few old pictures of my grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents.  I figured a collage wall would be a perfect place to showcase these images.

I picked up a pile of frames from a couple of thrift stores, as well as ones I had found at garage sales over the past couple of months.  I never pay more than $2 for a frame, but most of these were a dollar or less!

I used some paint samples I had leftover from different projects and made some small batches of chalk paint.  I used 5 different colors to keep some consistency in the frames, but then altered the order and types of techniques used for the different frames.

I distressed some of them using the Vaseline technique, did a wash over a couple, dry-brushed a few of them, and others just got a solid coat of paint.

I’m a big fan of the new picture frame wall.  I love the color it adds to the otherwise drab hallway, plus it has turned into a great conversation piece.

By using picture frames purchased at garage sales and thrift stores, it's easy and cheap to create a custom gallery wall!

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