My gallery wall after six months in the making!

A few months back, I posted about my garage sale chairs. My hubby decided that they had sat in my garage for far too long, and told me to get rid of them. So, naturally, I rebelled and quickly came up with something to do with them. :)

To see the entire transformation, check out the original post found HERE.

To make a long story short, I decided to create cheap picture frames out of them. Fun huh!?!

I had been searching for frames to make a gallery wall of all four of my kiddos. But since the baby was born, I haven’t ventured out to the thrift stores as often as usual. And before he was born, I couldn’t find the motivation to work on the project until he could be part of it.

Creed is only about 11 weeks old, and I wanted to get a cute picture of him smiling. He finally smiled for the camera! AND, I finally found some frames that I liked at the local D.I (Utah’s version of Goodwill). Granted, the frames had pictures of horses in them. :) With a few revisions and some black spray paint, I finally had the four frames and the pictures taken. PHEW.  This project has been in the making for literally six months!

The pictures of this gallery wall don’t do it justice. I think it looks great! I wanted the frames to be chunky and intricate. Finding frames with those two characteristics can be challenging.

It is the first thing that you see when you enter my home. The smallest of the photo prints are 12X18 inches. So, they are BIG. The bigger the better, right? Go big or go home, I always say.

My kids are adorable…I know I’m biased, but I can’t help but show them off! Oaklyn is my seven year old.

Connelly is my six year old. (yep they are that close apart…exactly 363 days apart). LOL…that’s a story in itself!)

Creed my baby. :)

And Londyn my three year old.

I wish you could see how BIG these frames are, but every picture I took seemed to down play their size.

I am so excited to finally have my gallery wall that has been in the works for so long! I hope you like it!

The best part? Total cost of frames and prints? Less than $40.00. :) Now that’s THRIFTY!

I’m linking this post to the Gallery Wall Linky Party over at The Inspired Room.

Comments

  1. 1

    Very cute idea.

    Janie
    Romantic Domestic

  2. 2

    Great idea! Love the chunky black frames you created.
    Lori

  3. 3

    That looks so greaT!!!

  4. 4

    GENIUS! I'll never look at thrift store chairs the same way again.

  5. 5

    Go Big or Go Home is right!! I love it! Big pictures are great and big pictures of your own kiddos is even better!! Fantastic!!

  6. 6

    Wow! What a great idea! i'm so impressed.. they look fabulous! Cute kiddies too:)

  7. 7

    That looks AWESOME!!! I love the fact that you used those chairs to create picture frames, SO creative:)

  8. 8

    Love it Brooke!! SO beautiful! I was wondering if you inserted gladd in the frames or went without? I'm having a hard time trying to tell.

    Thanks!

  9. 9

    opps I meant glass!

  10. 10

    I was also wondering whether you put glass in the frames? How did you get the right shapes, especially for the chair frames?

  11. 11

    Those are gorgeous! I love how big they are. I wish I had some old junky chairs to make fun frames out of :) Great idea!

  12. 12

    Love everything about your gallery wall: The large frames, the black, and making over the chair backs is inspired!

  13. 13

    You are so smart and creative. Would have taken me a long time to think to turn a chair back into a photo frame. And THAT is why I love decorating blogs!
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

  14. 14

    So beautiful! Love those frames…and your kiddos are adorable!

  15. 15

    LOVE IT!

  16. 16

    So cute!!!

  17. 17

    My first thought was "how DARE he tell her what to do, I HOPE she made a bed for him in the garage out of those chairs!"

    Your idea was way better :D Love the frames and the photos you filled them with are priceless.

  18. 18

    SO freaking cool!!!

  19. 19

    GENIUS! I love it, so much more interesting than plain ol' frames. Great job thinking outside the box.

    -Aaron {the girl with the boy's name}

    http://www.mudpiesandmarigolds.blogspot.com

  20. 20

    These look great! Love their big size.

  21. 21

    LOVE IT!!!! What color is the blue in your entry way?
    And your kids are gorgeous by the way!!!

  22. 22

    LOVE this!! And yes, your kids are gorgeous!! I'm here from The Inspired Room. We have four kids (with unusual names), too and this was just the inspiration I needed. :)

  23. 23

    These are really cute, thanks for the inspiration.

  24. 24

    I am popping over from the Gallery Wall party. I love seeing your work. (Mine is #10.)

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    Gg – Notes on the Journey

    ps. Such a great idea to use the chair backs AND your kids are darling.

  25. 25

    That is an amazing idea!!! Love love love! The whole wall looks fantastic!!!

  26. 26

    I love love love these! Such a great Idea!

  27. 27

    Oh my gosh, these are gorgeous!!!! I've been needing picture frames for our wedding photos and I think something like this would be awesome!!! Great job!

  28. 28

    I LOVE these I hope I can find something like that myself. You have such wonderful ideas I love reading your blog.

  29. 29

    I love this so much. It is truly gorgeous and such a statement. Great job!

  30. 30

    Wow!! What vision and talent!! I need to be more open to what I have and can do with it. Great project! Lovely Family:) Wanda

  31. 31

    Okay I absolutely ADORE this!!! I love what you did to turn the chair into a frame…I would have never in a million years thought of that! I think it turned out perfect! I look for those same qualities in frames…so I guess I'll be looking for chairs at the thrift store now ;) Hehee!

  32. 32
    Abraham + Marci says:

    I love how everything turned out. I think it looks great!

  33. 33

    Oh man, i love these, your kids are so cute!!

  34. 34

    Wow. Cool idea! Those frames look great. You have beautiful children. I love their names, too!

    have a happy day~ L

  35. 35

    I am so impressed. Those pictures are lovely, your children are beautiful, and your creativity is inspiring.
    I totally understand how frustrating it is that pictures can't always capture reality. That last picture did help give perspective on the size of the frames. Looks great!

  36. 36
    The Yoder's Four says:

    LOVE the way it turned out! Your kids are gorgeous!!

  37. 37

    that is awesome. the frames are unbelievable and the pictures beautiful. the whole thing~ amazing!

  38. 38

    Wow. My mind is blown. I never would have thought of this! This project is probably one of my favorite of your many good ideas!

  39. 39

    Great pics and frames. Your kids are beautiful and I love their names.

  40. 40

    Awesomeness!! I LOVE THEM!!

  41. 41

    they're not in the same grade, are they? lol.

    this post is perfection. great job! wow!

  42. 42
    Whatitsallabout... says:

    You're right, your kids are adorable. I love the names you picked too! Great gallery wall! Genius idea using the back of the chairs as a frame.

    Heather

  43. 43

    So cute, Brooke! LOVE the chair frames. LOVE!

  44. 44

    So clever! They look fantastic.
    Oh how I laughed at you rebelling against your hubby,sounds just like me. ;0)

  45. 45

    Your kids are gorgeous! And the frames – I admire how some people just have the vision to make an ugly duckling beautiful. Good work!

  46. 46

    Love this! What a great idea!

  47. 47

    oh i LOVE the frames you found. your patience paid off! :)

    and, your littles featured are just darling as well.

    visiting from the gallery party!

    http://www.wonderwomanwannabe.com/2009/09/family-photo-wall-collage.html

  48. 48

    They turned out AMAZING…I LOVE them and the kids are pretty darn cute!

  49. 49

    Love the Avett Brothers! I am glad I found you…newest follower!

    Andie

  50. 50

    Your children are so stinkin' beautiful! Not just cute… but beautiful! Did you purchase a glass piece to fit the chair back frames or is it just exposed to the pictures? Very creative! Makes me want to go to good will!

  51. 51

    oh man – using the back of the chair is such a great idea. it looks great!!

  52. 52

    I love these chunky frames – your children are gorgeous – you are certainly blessed.
    Jennifer
    http://www.bigdandme.com

  53. 53

    I LOVE these frames! How creative are you!!? Thanks for the inspiration! I'm featuring this on my blog next week. :)
    little-inspirations.blogspot.com

  54. 54

    Such a great idea using the chairs. I have always loved spray paint it a has seriously saved me thousands!

  55. 55

    Beautiful!

  56. 56

    Those are amazing. Love that they are HUGE. Such adorable kids. What a fun project – you're so resourceful too.

  57. 57

    I really like how your chair-back frames turned out. Great idea!

  58. 58
    Rochelle says:

    Love it! So glad I found your blog. You make me like St. George so much more! Now that I know D.I has such great finds, I go there a LOT!! Plus, I've found cheap projects to do since we are renting! Thank you!

  59. 59

    Love it Love it Love it!! :)

  60. 60

    LOVE- no seriously- LOVE! Mind if I borrow the idea (you'll still be credited)? Where did you print the pictures that size?

  61. 61

    Gorgeous frames and beautiful kiddos!

  62. 62

    I would have never thought about using old chairs for picture frames. And…I have got to get to the DI. I take our stuff there, but never go inside. LOVE the frames!

  63. 63

    That is just too cleaver! I have never seen that done and I love it! Great job!

  64. 64

    Wholy COW!!!! Those are AWESOME!! Who would have thought to use the backs of chairs ?!! Now I need to go find me some :) Thanks so much for sharing!

    BTW…I just have to feature this on my blog The Creative Crate. AMAZING job!! :)

  65. 65

    You know how every once in a while you see a project that is BEYOND AWESOME and completely takes your breath away for minute? Congratulations! This photo wall is fantastic and I can't believe the idea you had with those chairs! I didn't see anything that cool when I went to the D.I. today. :) (and do I even need to mention your beautiful kids?)

    -Annie @ {PeppermintPlum}

  66. 66

    Wow what a great idea!!! Never would have thought of making frames from chairs! So glad there are people like you who think out side the box and share those great ideas for those of us in the box thinkers!

  67. 67

    These are wonderful! The black really brings out the details in the wood.

    Please drop by my blog at http://www.theoldblockhouse.blogspot.com and enter to win three half gallon antique mason jars.

  68. 68

    That is amazing!!!! Linking up tomorrow!

  69. 69

    This is such a great idea!!! LOVE them :)

  70. 70

    Wow! Splendid, fantabulous, outrageous, can't think of enough creative adjectives to describe what I think! Great job!

  71. 71

    Came from your 2011 recap, what a statement! (the pictures AND the frames)

  72. 72

    Wow, I love this! I wouldn't have ever thought of doing that – and it looks awesome!! Great job :)
    Lindsay
    http://www.craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

  73. 73

    How creative! I LOVE how they are chunky & big…they look beautiful! Such cute pictures too!!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

  74. 74

    I was going through the re-cap for 2011 also and found this great project. I have a DH that does the same to me too but I gave in too early. Now I know what to do with the new-old thrift chairs I'm going to run and get Ha!

  75. 75

    it looks good alright, I just feel sad about all them old chairs which will be destroyed now :-(

  76. 76

    So clever! I never would have thought of using a chair back as a picture frame! Now I just have to find an awesome decorative chair! haha! You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby's 'Upcycle Challenge'! http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/3/upcycle-it-sweeps

  77. 77

    I would have NEVER dreamed of using the backs of chairs for frames! How did you ever think of this! How terrific!

  78. 78

    Wow love those chair back frames. I soo going to copy you. Imitation is the best form of flattery they say. So I will flatter you I find the right chair back(s). Thanks for sharing

  79. 79

    I was thinking the same thing.

  80. 80

    This looks amazing…I’ve been trying to find big chunky frames…what a great idea!!!

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