Guest room gallery wall

It is high time for an update about our guest bedroom, and not just because I recently added a gallery wall! I also never shared any pictures of our new bedding. Here’s what it looked like before (but after scraping the ceilings, repainting, replacing the light fixture, etc.)

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And here’s what it looks like now! We chose to go with a simple white comforter, added a light mint quilt, the shams from our master bedroom (that we replaced with these), and a new throw pillow.

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The mirror came with a french provincial dresser that I’m redoing for our living room. I repainted it a butter yellow, but it looks really bright in pictures. I would love to have an actual headboard for guests someday, but it just hasn’t been a priority.

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I thought the room was taking shape nicely, except that there was still this big blank wall. I’ve been collecting random frames for years and figured I should finally put them to good use!

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I didn’t take any pictures of the frames before, but most of them were bare wood along with one metal frame and a few plastic burgundy frames (all purchased super cheap at garage sales and thrift stores.) I took out all the glass, cleaned the frames with TSP, and sprayed them white (semi-gloss) with my HVLP gun. I painted the mats flat white with a small foam roller.

Then it was time to arrange them on the wall! I started by marking where I wanted them to be in the room and measuring the box. I recreated it on my living room rug and played around with layouts until I found one I liked. Then we hung them up, starting from the top right corner.

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Then I started what turned out to be the longest part of the process: picking what to put in them, cleaning the glass (ugh!), and putting the frames back together. But it was a fun process, and I really think it makes this room feel more finished!

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I’m not a huge personal picture person, but I still wanted the pictures to mean something. Some of them are just filler like this blue honeycomb print…

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And this paint chip flower I made to fit the awkward shaped frame.

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But others are personal, like the shadow box under the flower with the keys from my first car.

Or this postcard we bought when we were in New Orleans…

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Our wedding invitation (because where else are you going to display it?) and a picture of Kansas.

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And this shadow box, which is quite possibly my favorite. These are the house numbers of Andrew and I’s first home together (married student housing at our university.)

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After a year of living there, we had to move to a different duplex because they were going to tear down several to build a new building. We figured it wouldn’t be needing these numbers anymore!

I love all things nautical, but I don’t want my house posing as a beach house, so I try to stick to subtle nautical touches like these coins. The coral pillow on the bed might be less than subtle though…

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Or the coral on the night stand…oh dear. I might have to eliminate one of them!

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There’s nothing incredibly personal about this, but I pressed it years ago and was just waiting for somewhere to put it.

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And, of course, there had to be something about cats.

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Chaucer wasn’t very enthusiastic about it. Rude pants. Always thinking about himself.

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There’s also a Fayetteville sticker, a post card of my favorite painting at Crystal Bridges (a world class art museum in our area!), a shadow box with shells from Destin, and a few other printables and magazine clippings to fill space.

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Even though it took a while to collect enough frames and was a lot of work painting them, it was much cheaper than buying new. I think it was about $20 total. And who knows, maybe I’ll keep adding to it!

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