Gallery Wall – Home Goal of 2012 Completed

Woo hoo!  Another Home Goal for 2012 is complete!  Actually when I went back and read that post, we actually have most of the things on that list completed:  the area on our stairway has been painted and the bannister has been capped (post with pics coming soon); the open shelves in our kitchen are complete; Operation Infinite Giggles is as good as done, except for the window treatments; and then there’s our Gallery Wall:

The wall in our living room above the Louis Blue Dresser once housed this beautiful chalkboard (I still have it), but it was time to take it down to make way for a collage of items and prints.
I’ve been collecting things to put on this wall for about 9 months.  I kept piling them up in our basement like any good hoarder would do.  Once I was satisfied that I had enough to start the wall, I spread them out on our basement floor one night while watching a movie.  I kept rearranging, and rearranging, and rearranging until I felt that it looked just right.  The hubby then measured the entire width and length of the space I had them laid out, marked that area on the wall above the dresser with painters tape, making sure the entire area was centered above the dresser, and then each piece was hung exactly where I wanted it.

The only change that was made was the black mirror in the lower right-hand corner was replaced by a piece of antique molding because the mirror was hidden behind the lampshade and I wasn’t willing to the move the light for the mirror.

1.  A beautiful print purchased at the Grayslake Antique Market back in early April.  It’s black and white, matted in off white in an antique-looking silver frame.
2.  A small, distressed, white decorative piece purchased at the Kane County Flea Market last month.
3.  A vintage-looking set of skeleton keys that I picked up at T.J. Maxx last year.
4.  Blue and gold distressed wood frame purchased at Marshalls filled with vintage sheet music of mine.
5.  A new chalkboard made from an old print I purchased at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store last year (more on this one later in the post).
6.  A framed “nest” vintage flash card purchased from Willows at the Kane County Flea Market last month.
7.  A small tin letter D purchased from Tattered Tiques last month.
8.  A wood frame purchased at Target and filled with a page from an antique handwriting workbook purchased from Paper Patty at the Grayslake Antique Market.
9.  Another print (nest & egg) purchased from Paper Patty that very same day.  Unfortunately I can’t link to her anywhere because she doesn’t have a website, blog or Etsy shop.  But you can find her at the Grayslake Antique Market, Kane County Flea Market and the Randolph Street Market.
10.  Architectural molding piece purchased from Apron Strings With Mom & Me at the Elkhorn Flea Market.
11 and 12.  A tiny print of Jesus reaching out to a lamb and an off white oval mirror purchased at Na Da Farm.  I cannot remember which vendor I purchased these from except to say that she was across the barn from Jennifer Rizzo.  If anyone knows who that was, please let me know so I can give her proper credit.  Thanks.
13.  And last but not least, a blue and gold picture frame purchased from Marshalls.  It’s awaiting a photo of all of our munchkins together once this baby arrives.

Here is what the chalkboard looked like before it became a chalkboard:

I couldn’t bare to rip out the happy couple and toss them, so I actually taped off the frame and spray painted right on top of the glass.  Yes I did.  I spray painted it with Rustoleum Ultra Cover Primer in Black and then followed up with two coats of Rustoleum Chalkboard spray paint.  Once it was all dry, I taped off the chalkboard portion and painted the frame with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  This may seem a little barbaric, but I just couldn’t toss away the precious wedding couple and their cute little cupid:
The antique writing workbook print says “Heads and hands need proper training”.  Love it!

So there you have it!  A gallery wall of our very own inspired by my Gallery Wall board on Pinterest.  I even have room to add to it as time goes by, but for now, it’s perfect.

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P.S.S.S.S.  I think this post had the most links in it of any post I’ve ever done.  Anyone else notice?  Holy links, Batman!

Thank you for reading!


Linking to:

A Bowl Full of Lemons
Shades of Amber
Liz Marie Blog
Six Sisters Stuff
Tatertots & Jello
Funky Junk Interiors
Be Different Act Normal
Under the Table and Dreaming
Home Stories A to Z
Not Just a Housewife
Savvy Southern Style
DIY by Design



  1. Love it! You did a great job! Still full of energy, I see…Lol!


  2. Love all the different elements and shapes!

  3. Nice, especially fond of #10 and the keys! Why do gallery walls always seem so daunting?!

  4. I love the Robert Frost quote, everything turned out great! I’m a new follower, feel free to follow back to check out my blog at I Heart Pears

  5. what a beautiful wall!

  6. Well done goal completed and it looks fantastic :)

  7. Sweet collage…love it!

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